Chinese netizens urge boycott of Marriott for calling Tibet a 'country'

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/1/9 16:15:21

Chinese netizens called on the public on Tuesday to boycott global hotel chain Marriott International after it reportedly listed China’s Tibet Autonomous Region as a country in an email sent to members.  

A netizen named “zhongjusaodi” posted on Tuesday that Marriott International sent a questionnaire survey via email to its elite members to receive feedback on its service and asked them to choose their country. The list included the Chinese mainland, China’s Tibet, Macao, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The netizen told the Global Times he had complained about the company listing Macao, Hong Kong and Taiwan without adding regions, and “now they are going too far by listing Tibet as a country!”

The post was echoed by many netizens who claimed to be members of the company.

The Global Times reporter found on Tuesday that when Chinese citizens downloaded Marriott’s app and registered as members, it would ask them to choose “Which country you are from” – listing the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

Marriott Reward released a notice on its Sina Weibo on Tuesday, saying that “We are deeply sorry for the questionnaires. We realized that this mistake would deeply disappoint our Chinese customers. For now, we have suspended the questionnaires and fix the options at once. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the incident.”

Marriot Reward is responsible for managing the membership of Marriott Inc.

The post has attracted the attention of Chinese social media, with many Sina official accounts reposting the message, including China's Communist Youth League (CCYL) and the SCO Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Some netizens called on the public to boycott the company and its hotels, saying that the company “cannot earn money from China on one hand and hurt China’s national interests on the other.”

Marriott is a leading global lodging company with more than 6,000 properties in 122 countries and territories, reporting revenues of more than $17 billion in fiscal year 2016. It owns 124 hotels in China.

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