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It is ground zero for the global shark fin trade, with about 10, tonnes of dried fins imported every year, according to environmental group WWF. Over the last few days I’ve put a couple of requests into the Four Seasons Hong Kong website for an upcoming trip. Emails sent to the concierge before a recent stay resulted in prompt 30 minutes or less responses regardless of the time of day in HK. On Des Voeux Road, giant dried shark fins are shop-window attractions, the bigger the better to draw in customers. Activists said a ban on finning would reduce the shark catch because fishing vessels would not be able to store as many fins in their freezers. There are so many sharks out there and if you don’t kill them, they will kill you,” said a Des Voeux Road fin seller who gave his name only as Chan.

More than species were considered threatened in compared with only 15 in Larkin , Aug 27, 12 2: Lots of inbound emails from crazy countries Emails sent to the concierge before a recent stay resulted in prompt 30 minutes or less responses regardless of the time of day in HK. Dear djmp – I’m sorry you’ve had difficulties through our website. Claire Blackshaw , Aug 31, 12 8: A FS Preferred Partners travel advisor has access to all contact info available.

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Cclaire and Shanghai Hotels Ltd. There are so many sharks out there and if you don’t kill them, they will kill you,” said a Des Voeux Road fin seller who gave his name only as Chan. Luxury Hotels and Travel Today’s Posts.

Activists said a ban on finning would reduce the shark catch because fishing vessels would not be able to store as many fins in their freezers. If an email goes unanswered for more than a day or so, I usually just pick up the phone and call. That’s around half the world’s total fin harvest.

I’m glad this is resolved But what happens when sharks one day become extinct or are illegal to catch? Amazing for a hotel of this calibre its so hard to contact via email The website certainly doesnt encourage you to do so Have tried central four seasons help and the concierge email above to no avail Guess Ill have to ring.

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NYBankerSep 2, 12 9: His fins come mainly from Spain and South America, but he will happily buy from anywhere, he said. My email address is the same format as listed in previous comments. Lots of inbound emails from crazy countries More than species were considered threatened in compared with only 15 in Originally Posted by Larkin.

I’d email the concierge directly but I can’t find the email address. At a hotel of this calibre, there’s more likely than not some sort of technical issue Based on my experience, this must have been a glitch.

Claire BlackshawAug 31, 12 8: Either a wrong address or a spam filter or something of the sort. Thinking about it, hotel concierge email accounts must be brutal. It is ground zero for the global shark fin trade, with about 10, tonnes of dried fins imported every year, according to environmental group WWF. LarkinAug 27, 12 2: Conservationists applauded the move as a breakthrough in their long battle to get Asian consumers to “just say no” to shark fin soup.

About 73 million of the ancient predators, deemed essential to healthy marine ecosystems, are killed every year.

Emails sent to the concierge before a recent stay resulted in prompt 30 minutes or less responses regardless of the time of day in HK. PM me for help. Businessmen like Kwong and his neighbours on Des Voeux Road were shocked recently when the luxury Peninsula Hotels chain, owned by Asia’s oldest hotel company, announced it was dropping shark fin from its menu as of January. The western end of Des Voeux Road and nearby Queen’s Road West, not far from the Central business district, are a hive of musty shops selling a vast array of dried food from mushrooms to seahorses.

A FS Preferred Partners travel advisor has access to all contact info available. The Conrad, part of the Hilton group, the Nikko and Regal Hongkong hotels have similar policies, with some offering a choice of menus with and without shark fin dishes. Dear djmp – I’m sorry you’ve had difficulties through our website.

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At the end of the day, we need alternatives,” he said, suggesting birds’ nests as a substitute. I’m glad the concierge e-mail address worked for you. Photo taken on November 22,shows a man inside a shark fin store in Hong Kong.

Other major hotels in Hong Kong said they were reviewing their shark fin policies in the wake of the Peninsula’s move, but few appeared ready to drop it from their menu entirely. Like many Hong Kong businessmen who trade in shark fins, Kwong Hung-kwan believes his industry is being targeted by an anti-Chinese conspiracy led by “Western” environmental groups like Greenpeace.

Originally Posted by jordyn. Experts agree that much of that rise is linked to increases in consumption of shark meat, especially fins used in traditional Chinese shark fin soup, an expensive staple at weddings and banquets in this southern Chinese city.

Do please get in touch with me if you have any feedback to share, as we are constantly trying to improve these methods to ensure they are as easy as they can be for our guests. Four Seasons Hong Kong Contact. WWF-Hong Kong says the consumption of shark fins, which has grown as China’s people have become more affluent, is a driving factor behind the threat to shark populations around the world. On Des Voeux Road, giant dried shark fins are shop-window attractions, the bigger the better to draw in customers.