Austrian Hotel
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A hotel in Austria has refused a request by a Jewish family of seven from Vienna to lodge. The hotel owner told the family by email that the room was available, but she did not want to host Jewish guests because of “bad experiences in the past.”

The incident occurred at the Haus Sonnenhof apartment hotel in the village of Serfaus. The surrounding region is popular with Orthodox Jewish tourists. Local hotel owners said the incident would be bad for the tourist industry in the area.

The story was reported by the local daily newspaper Tiroler Tagezeitung on Sunday. Owner of the Alpenruh-Micheluzzi hotel, Petra Micheluzzi, told the paper that the incident would be “bad for the image” of Serfaus. Irmgard Monz, the owner of the Hans Sonnenhof hotel, refused to comment.

Esther Fritsch, president of the local Jewish community said that the rejection was “terrible” but said it was the first incident of its kind.

The Jewish family decided to vacation elsewhere. “I don’t want to spend my vacation in such a racist nest, and I will inform all my friends about what is going on,” the father said.