Thailand’s initial halal hotel hopes to assistance boost Muslim arrivals

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BANGKOK Predominately Buddhist Thailand has non-stop a initial halal hotel as hopes to attract some-more Muslim visitors and boost one of a few splendid spots in a economy.

Nearly 30 million unfamiliar tourists came to Thailand final year though usually about 658,000 were from a Middle East, according to attention data.

The four-star Al Meroz hotel in Bangkok, that non-stop in November, hopes to play a partial in changing that, and to money in.

“There are 1.6 billion Muslims in a world. It’s a outrageous market,” pronounced a hotel’s ubiquitous manager, Sanya Saengboon.

“Just one percent of that marketplace is adequate for us to thrive.”

The Al Meroz, that boasts mosque-like architecture, has dual request bedrooms and 3 halal dining halls.

Rooms cost from 4,000 baht all a approach adult to 50,000 baht ($116 to $1,445) a night, pronounced Sanya.

A guest during a hotel, Aamir Fazal, 28, a confidence officer from Australia, pronounced entrance to a halal hotel was a comfort to Muslim travelers in Thailand where halal food can be tough to find.

“It’s a unequivocally good experience. It’s a initial halal hotel here and we find that amazing,” pronounced Fazal.

Eager to daub into a flourishing Muslim traveller market, Thailand launched a mobile focus final year that helps tourists hunt for halal eateries and Muslim-friendly attractions.

Parts of Thailand’s south, nearby a limit with Muslim Malaysia, are infancy Muslim.

Many Malaysians cocktail over a limit for brief visits though a low-level separatist rebellion in a distant south, that has enclosed explosve attacks in limit towns busy by Malaysian tourists, has dented business there.

A array of explosve attacks in some-more mainstream traveller towns south of Bangkok this month, in that 4 people were killed and dozens wounded, has led to fears a rebellion is spreading.

Thailand saw a 10 percent boost in arrivals from a Middle East in 2015 compared with 2014, information from a Department of Tourism showed.

(Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Prapan Chankaew; Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Robert Birsel)

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