thai hotel bans american tourists

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    Hotel Bans U.S. Tourists in War Protest
    Fri March 21, 2003 10:49 AM ET
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - A hotel on the Thai holiday island of Koh Samui has banned American tourists in a protest against the U.S.-led war in Iraq, its owner said on Friday.
    Virach Pongchababnapa, owner of the 62-room Pavilion Resort on the island, 550 miles south of Bangkok, said U.S. visitors were not welcome because he was against the U.S. campaign to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

    He said he had already turned away two American tourists, provoking protest letters and emails from other U.S. citizens.

    "I have politely told them that I am opposed to the policies of their government, and Americans are not welcome here," he told Reuters. "My resort is against war mongers."

    A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Bangkok was not available for immediate comment.
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