A special cultural guide advising Arab tourists on how to behave when visiting the popular holiday destination of Zell am See-Kaprun in Salzburg has been withdrawn after it was criticised by Austrian and foreign media.

The eight-page guide featured tips, including the fact that Austrian shopkeepers don't expect to haggle over prices, and that one shouldn't cook in hotel rooms, or eat on the floor. German news magazine Focus scoffed at the suggestions, and the British Daily Mail tabloid called it "tourism apartheid".

The guide was produced by tourism officials, the police and the Austrian Arabic chamber of trade. It also advised Arab women to adopt an "Austrian mentality" and to wear colourful clothes and not to cover up with the burqa.

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