11:28 - February 15, 2017
News ID: 3462223
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Thailand has officially opened its first halal hotel in Bangkok, which it hopes will attract more tourists following US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on seven mostly Muslim countries.

Thailand’s First Halal Hotel Opens Following Trump Immigration Ban

The four-star hotel, called Al Meroz, offers facilities that serve the requirements of Muslim visitors, such as a praying room and halal food.

The hotel has 242 rooms, currently used by tourists from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Persian Gulf states.

Earlier in January, Thailand’s tourism authority said the country might get more tourists from the Middle East as a result of Trump’s entry ban on people from seven Muslim majority countries.

Only over 2 percent of tourists visiting Thailand came from the Middle East in 2016, but that’s expected to rise by 8 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

"That is also a growing market. For example, we are the number one medical hub for many of the Muslim countries and I think we will continue to do so,” said Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, tourism and sports minister attending the opening.

Muslims represent the second biggest religious group in Thailand, behind Buddhists, but make up only about 5 percent of the population.

Source: Halal Focus

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