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Muslim employees reading a table at the Al Meroz hotel in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand's first halal hotel hopes to help attract Muslim tourists

Predominately consisting of a Buddhist population, Thailand has opened its first halal hotel 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 Ea

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27/03/2015
A beach view in Goa

Indian village bans kissing in public

AN INDIAN village in a western coastal state has imposed a ban on couples kissing in public, claiming the sight of such “obsce ...

01/11/2014
Alcoholic drinks

Court upholds Kerala's booze ban in hotels

AN INDIAN court on Thursday (October 30) upheld a ban on alcohol served in most bars in the southern tropical state of Kerala popula ...

10/07/2014
The damaged Lamborghini Gallardo

India hotel valet crashes Lamborghini

A VALET at a five-star hotel in the Indian capital caused $335,000 (£195,657.75) worth of damage to a Lamborghini Gallardo aft ...

28/02/2014
Mumbai\\\'s B Merwan & Co, a Persian hotel

Mumbai’s iconic Irani cafes dwindle

IN THE late 19th and early 20th centuries, hundreds of eateries known as Irani cafes sprouted up in Mumbai due to a wave of Persian ...

12/02/2014
Delhi\'s Crown Plaza Hotel (left) and Holiday Inn

Luxury hotel brands swap keys in India’s economic slump

LESS than nine months after opening the first hotel in Mumbai under its brand, Hong Kong luxury chain operator Shangri-La Asia hande ...

31/01/2014
Fred Thompson (pictured) will square off with Robert Gibbs

Political debate at hoteliers’ convention

  FORMER White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and former US Senator Fred Thompson will square off in a “point-cou ...

14/08/2013
Mumbai\'s Taj Hotel

India’s top hotels to go ‘green’

INDIA’S top hotels may soon be seen donating leftover food, buying tissue and towel rolls made from recycled paper and re-usin ...

12/04/2013
Sloppy Joe\\\'s in Cuba

Havana legend Sloppy Joe’s reopens

MYTHIC Cuban bar Sloppy Joe’s, a watering hole for a who’s who of Hollywood stars during Prohibition, reopens its doors ...

11/04/2013
A worker prepares a room in Hotel Four Points in Ahmedabad

Hotels find short cuts to outdo India’s red tape

STARWOOD Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc got a 104-room hotel up and running in India in less than 12 months, bypassing years of ...

21/02/2013
Accor Executive Director Denis Hennequin in a Paris press meet

Accor posts $804m loss tied to sale of Motel 6 chain

THE FRENCH hotel group Accor said on Wednesday (February 20) it had suffered a net loss of $804m (£527.98m) last year owing to ...