30 Aug '16, 9am

HALAL HOLIDAY: Thailand's first #halal hotel hopes to boost Muslim arrivals

HALAL HOLIDAY: Thailand's first #halal hotel hopes to boost Muslim arrivals

BANGKOK – Predominately Buddhist Thailand has opened its first halal hotel as it hopes to attract more Muslim visitors and boost one of the few bright spots in its economy. Nearly 30 million foreign tourists came to Thailand last year but only about 658,000 were from the Middle East, according to industry data. The four-star Al Meroz hotel in Bangkok, which opened in last November, hopes to play its part in changing that, and to cash in. “There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. It’s a huge market,” said the hotel’s general manager, Mr Sanya Saengboon. “Just one per cent of that market is enough for us to thrive.” The Al Meroz, which boasts mosque-like architecture, has two prayer rooms and three halal dining halls. Rooms cost from 4,000 baht all the way up to 50,000 baht (S$157 to S$1,970) a night, said Mr Saengboon. A guest at the hotel, Mr Aamir Fazal, 28, a security...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle/thailands-first-hala...

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