Marriott, Centara hotels ramp up Fin Free support

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Two Pattaya hotel chains earned accolades for their efforts to end the consumption of shark fins by supporting the international Fin Free campaign.

Terapan Chuaprasert, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa’s executive assistant manger, received recognition from Fin Free Thailand ambassador Cindy Sirinya Burbridge Bishop and Pattaya City Councilman Rattanachai Sutidechanai.

The plaque recognizes the Marriott’s Spirit to Preserve project supporting initiatives highlighting positive commitments of hotels and restaurants to protect endangered marine life for more than 10 years.

Cindy Sirinya Burbridge Bishop, Fin Free Thailand ambassador, and Rattanachai Sutidechanai, chairman of the Pattaya council’s Tourism and Cultural division, present Fin Free awards to representatives of Centara Hotels & Resorts.Cindy Sirinya Burbridge Bishop, Fin Free Thailand ambassador, and Rattanachai Sutidechanai, chairman of the Pattaya council’s Tourism and Cultural division, present Fin Free awards to representatives of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Specifically, the project commits to not stock or serve shark fins, the consumption of which can pose risks to human health and impacts the marine environment.

Meanwhile, the Centara hotels group enlisted its five Pattaya resorts into the Fin Free program.

David Good, Vice President – Operations for Centara Hotels & Resorts signed the organization’s “Blue List” business pledge on behalf of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Centara Grand Phratamnak, Centara Grand Modus, Centara Pattaya and Nova Hotel and Spa.

Cindy Sirinya Burbridge Bishop, Fin Free Thailand ambassador, and Rattanachai Sutidechanai, chairman of the Pattaya council’s Tourism and Cultural division, present a Fin Free award to Terapan Chuaprasert, Executive Assistant Manager of Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa.Cindy Sirinya Burbridge Bishop, Fin Free Thailand ambassador, and Rattanachai Sutidechanai, chairman of the Pattaya council’s Tourism and Cultural division, present a Fin Free award to Terapan Chuaprasert, Executive Assistant Manager of Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa.

“We collectively support the aims of this campaign to raise awareness on the serious environmental impact of shark fin harvesting,” Good said. “This initiative sends a strong statement for sustainable business practices and for preserving our marine ecosystem. If companies and hotels like ours lead the way with more ethical and sustainable actions such as this, then we hope consumers will be better educated and will eventually stop patronizing products that can endanger the environment.”