Iconic Plaza Hotel and Dream Hotel May Be Bought By Anti-Gay Sultan of Brunei

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New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel as well as the trendy Dream Downtown may become the latest accommodation acquisitions for the Sultan of Brunei—owner of the Dorchester Collection. According to the UK-based The Times, the Sultan of Brunei is seen as the favorite to obtain three hotels—The Plaza Hotel and the Dream Downtown hotel in New York, as well as The Grosvenor House Hotel in London—for an estimated $2.2 billion. All three are being sold by the Sahara Group’s chairman, Subrata Roy, who is currently in prison.

The Sultan has faced an international backlash following his decision in May to begin implementing a horrific series of penal code reforms that could lead to the stoning of women and LGBT Bruneians.

HRC is continuing their call for a boycott of the Dorchester Collection, which owns hotels in the US like Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel.  “The Sultan of Brunei could start executing women and LGBT people in Brunei as soon as next year,” said Ty Cobb, HRC’s Director of Global Engagement “The American profit stream that flows from his hotels back to his regime needs to stop.  We urge all New Yorkers to have one simple and straight-forward message for the Sultan: take your business elsewhere.”


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