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Speyside Wildlife acts on its Responsible Travel policy

Wild Scotland member Speyside Wildlife based in the Cairngorms National Park, leads small group wildlife watching holidays throughout the world and has a stringent Responsible Travel policy.

Recently the team returned from a whale-watching trip to Spitsbergen where the guides were horrified to see whale meat on the menu at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel in Longyearbyen. As soon as they returned they protested to Carlson Rezidor, owners of the Radisson group. Speyside Wildlife is now delighted to say that, as a result of its intervention, Carlson Rezidor has banned whale meat from being served in all its 1,350 hotels from 30 July, 2014.

Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President Responsible Business, Carlson Rezidor, passed on the great news:

“Carlson Rezidor is very serious about Responsible Business and we regret this unfortunate incident.

All of our hotels follow the company’s contentious food policy, as well as guidelines on sustainable seafood and seasonal food.

Unfortunately whale meat was not explicitly mentioned in the policy up until now, precisely because of the global ban on international trading. On a global scale, serving whale meat is regrettably still legal in a number of countries, amongst which Norway is one.

We have adjusted our contentious food policy and redistributed to all of our hotels for implementation. The hotel in Spitsbergen has been specifically requested to remove the whale meat from the menu.

We thank you again for bringing this issue to our attention.”

Wild Scotland would like to that this opportunity to congratulate Speyside Wildlife on this fantastic achievement.

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