Friday, 12 January 2018

China shuts Marriott's International website for a week over Tibet and Taiwan error

China has shut down the Chinese websites of Marriott International for a week, after the firm listed Tibet and others as separate countries.

The hotel group has apologised for the error and said it did not support separatist movements in China.

Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau were listed as individual nations in an online survey sent to customers.

Beijing considers self-ruling Taiwan to be a breakaway province and Tibet is governed as an autonomous region.

Hong Kong and Macau are both special administrative regions of China.
Marriott was also chastised after one of the firm's social media accounts "liked" a post made by a group supporting a separatist Tibet.

Chinese media is reporting that some travellers are cancelling Marriott reservations in response.

BBC        News.