A man from South Africa says he will sue Hotels International Australia after he said he was a member of the same family as the company

A South African man who claimed he was “the son of the president of the Hotels Australia branch” has filed a civil suit against the Australian hotel company.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he travelled to Sydney in August 2017 to attend a conference of the International Association of Hotels and Resorts and was seated next to one of his relatives, who is president of Hotel Industry Australia.

The unnamed man said he had attended the conference in the hope of joining the group and he did not know his family members were members of HotELS.

He said his family member, who he said is the president’s son, had invited him to join the group.

Mr Bajrangi said the meeting took place at a restaurant in the hotel’s Hotel Business Centre and he was seated at a table next to the president and his wife.

He claimed his family was invited and he said the group did not tell him that he was part of the hotel group or that he had to be a member to join.

“I was told that I was not allowed to speak and to not ask any questions, or speak up about anything,” Mr Bijrangi told the ABC.

“They said that if I asked any questions about my own family member’s membership I would be expelled.”

Mr Bihrangi claimed the hotel told him he was ineligible to join, and he claims the hotel has since apologised.

“This hotel has apologised for this,” he said.

“There’s been no further action taken against the hotel.”

He said he now regrets attending the conference and is planning to sue HotELS, the Australian Hotels Association and the Australian Hotel and Resort Association.

He is seeking an injunction to stop the company from discriminating against him.

HotELS said in a statement that it was “very disappointed” by Mr Baji’s complaint and would not be commenting further.

The association is currently investigating the complaint.

Hotels SA president Peter Cramer said the company “does not discriminate on the basis of age or race”.

“As a result, we take our responsibilities of providing a safe, enjoyable and welcoming experience very seriously, and do not discriminate based on age or ethnicity,” he wrote in a blog post.

“We have received this complaint and are taking the matter seriously.”

The Hotels Act requires hotels to provide the highest standards of hospitality.

It says hotels must: “Provide safe, clean, and comfortable accommodations and that they meet the highest industry standards for the accommodation provided, as well as ensuring they are operated in compliance with the applicable legislation.”

The act states that hotels must provide accommodation for people with disabilities and people who need accommodation to meet their disability needs.

“Hotels must not discriminate against customers based on race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression,” the act says.