A Time of New Vows

Singapore, 16 January, 2012 – Luxury resort, Capella Singapore, recently announced plans to reward environmentally conscious wedding couples who choose not to include sharks’ fin in their wedding banquet.

In an effort to address growing concerns about the sustainability of seafood in general and sharks specifically, Capella Singapore and Conservation International, are beginning to work together to incorporate sustainable seafood sourcing and address other relevant issues like shark fin soup.   As an initial step, Capella Singapore plans to offer wedding couples an alternative menu that will exclude sharks’ fin soup.

In a bold move to encourage guests to choose sustainable alternative menu items instead of the traditional sharks’ fin soup, Capella Singapore, the destination for society weddings, will be offering one night’s accommodation for two as well as a certificate acknowledging the couple’s contribution in conserving marine life.

“Many couples feel pressured by their parents and in-laws to serve sharks’ fin soup at their weddings, despite being environmentally conscious themselves,” shares Ms Priscilla Chua, Senior Director of Catering and Conference Services.

“At Capella Singapore, we hope to alleviate this familial pressure by offering a further incentive of presenting the certificate to the couple during the dinner, acknowledging the couple’s dedication to marine conservation.”

“Ocean resources and global shark populations in particular, are under enormous pressure from systemic overfishing, which is inherently unsustainable. As a result, sharks are now facing serious threat, which concerns us since they are a critical part of the healthy ocean ecosystems that benefit all of us,” said Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, Chief Scientist for Conservation International and fisheries expert. “We applaud Capella Singapore’s sustainable seafood initiative and look forward to working with their leadership and customers to collaboratively improve ocean conservation.”

The two organizations are also working to raise awareness around the importance of ocean conservation including sharks.

Up to 73 million sharks are killed each year, mostly for their fins. Since the 19th century, some shark populations have declined by as much as 98 percent. Most sharks reach sexual maturity late, have few offspring and reproduce infrequently. Consequently, they simply cannot reproduce quickly enough to recover from fishing pressure. In 2009, the IUCN Shark Specialist Group announced that one-third of the world’s pelagic sharks face extinction.

Capella Singapore wedding packages start at S$1,688++ per table of ten.


About Capella Singapore:

Located on Singapore’s premier resort destination, Sentosa Island, Capella Singapore offers an inspiring natural setting while providing easy access to Singapore’s financial and shopping districts.  The flagship property for Capella Hotels and Resorts in Asia promises the ultimate in personalised service and represents a new standard of luxury in Asia, combining the best of old and new Singapore. Capella Singapore offers the most spacious accommodations in Singapore. The 112 guestrooms include two Colonial Manors, villas that feature private plunge pools and outdoor bathtubs, suites and premier rooms.  In addition, Capella Singapore offers the opportunity for extended stays with full access to the hotel’s facilities via The Club at Capella Singapore.  These long stay offerings will include 72 sea-facing suites and duplexes and 9 manors with private pools.  For more information or to plan an event at Capella Singapore, please visit www.capellasingapore.com 


About Capella Hotels and Resorts:

Capella Hotels and Resorts serves today’s top-tier travelers and residential property owners and is setting a new standard in the hospitality industry.  Capella promises the unique benefits of the finest boutique hotels, including superb architecture and interior design, privacy, individualized service and attention to detail – combined with the amenities and activities of the world’s great luxury hotels and resorts.  Capella, led by founder Horst Schulze, is a brand focused on customer choice, and offers choices that no other hotel company in the world can match.  Capella has opened world-class properties in gateway cities and high-profile resort destinations around the world, including: Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel (Düsseldorf, Germany); Capella Ixtapa (Ixtapa, Mexico); Capella Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico); Capella Singapore (Sentosa Island, Singapore); Capella Telluride (Telluride, Colorado); and Schloss Velden, a Capella Hotel (Velden, Austria).  Capella has also announced plans for: Capella Bahia Maroma (Riviera Maya, Mexico); Capella Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand); Capella Georgetown (Washington, D.C.); Capella Nahui (Riviera Nayarit, Mexico); Capella Niseko (Niseko, Japan) and The Setai Fifth Avenue, A Capella Managed Hotel (New York City).  Learn more at www.capellahotels.com





Leanne Sim

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