Hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei have dismissed plans to kill gay people as a ‘political and religious issue’.
The Dorchester group refused to answer several questions on the safety of LGBTI people in Brunei.
Instead, they issued an attempt to distance itself from the outrage.
The nine luxury hotel brands issued a statement on their group website.
Hotels owned by Sultan of Brunei issue statement after outrage
‘Inclusion, diversity and equality are the foundation of Dorchester Collection,’ the statement said.
‘We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, we never have and we never will. We understand people’s anger and frustration but this is a political and religious issue that we don’t believe should be played out in our hotels and amongst our 3,630 employees.
‘We’re deeply saddened by what’s happening right now and the impact it is having on our employees, guests, partners and suppliers in particular.
‘Our values are far removed from the politics of ownership. We are aware that many other brands have ownership with similar backgrounds in this increasingly global world.
The statement added: ‘We are a team of people representing 67 nationalities, who love what we do and care enormously for our guests and communities.’
Failing to address issues
We asked the Dorchester Group whether management had spoken or written to the owner regarding the homophobic laws.
GSN also asked if the group would condemn the owner who encourages the murder of LGBTI people.
Responding to their statement, we also asked them to apologize for dismissing the murder of LGBTI people as a ‘political and religious issue’.
The Dorchester Group did not respond to any of these questions.
LGBTI activists launched a vocal protest inside the Dorchester Hotel on Thursday.
The small group urged guests to boycott the hotel and stop funding the regime in Brunei. The protest took place in the half empty dining area of the hotel during afternoon tea.
It comes at the TV Choice Awards has announced the show will not take place in the hotel. Other hotels belonging to the Sultan has deleted or privatized their social media accounts.
Another protest outside the Dorchester Hotel in London tomorrow (6 April) at 2pm.