World Bulletin / News Desk
In an effort to broaden its Muslim traveller base, Thailand opened its first Islamic hotel in an effort to attract more Muslim visitors and to promote its economy on a national and international level.
A predominantly Buddhist country, the four-star Al Meroz hotel in Bangkok, which opened in November last year, hopes to play its part in changing that, and to cash in on the booming halal travel market.
“There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. It’s a huge market,” said the hotel’s general manager, Sanya Saengboon.
“Just one percent of that amount of market is enough for us to thrive. Al Meroz hotel is place for tourists, who want a safe and a comfortable place"
Nearly 658,000 tourists from the Middle East out of 30 million foreigners visited the country last year, with an increase of 10 percent during 2015 compared to 2014, according to tourism data in Thailand.
The Al Meroz, with its mosque-like architecture, has two prayer rooms and three halal dining halls and usually organizes Islamic lectures for staff members working in the hotel who have different faiths and beliefs.
Source: MoroccoWorld New/Reuters
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