Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Marriott Draws Chinese Ire By Listing Hong Kong, Taiwan As Countries

China shuts Mariott website over Tibet mistake China orders probe into Marriott for listing Tibet as country
Pablo Mccormick | 13 January, 2018, 03:29

The Marriott hotel chain has been forced to apologise to the Chinese government for referring to Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao as countries.

Marriott apologized profusely, saying it respects and supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China. The Dublin-headquartered manufacturer also vowed to pay more attention to user experiences in different regions.

"The apology is insincere", said another.

Zara and Medtronic were "required to conduct a comprehensive self-examination", it said.

China views with Tibet and Taiwan as integral to its territory and reacted furiously to the mistake. "We apologize deeply for hurting the feelings of Chinese people".

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Separately, the same regulator that penalised Marriott - the Shanghai branch of the state cyberspace administration - accused Zara of placing Taiwan in a pull-down list of countries on its Chinese website.

For global companies, there can be no room for error on issues of basic cultural understanding. Unfortunately, twice this week, we had incidents that suggested the opposite: First, by incorrectly labeling certain regions within China, including Tibet, as countries in a drop-down menu on a survey we sent out to our loyalty members and second, in the careless "like" by an associate of a tweet that incorrectly suggested our support of this position.

China, emboldened by its growing economic and geopolitical influence, is showing less tolerance of what it sees as violations of its political bottom line by foreign companies.

The company's Chinese website was replaced with a similar statement, adding it was only taking reservations over the phone. The French fashion company lists Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate countries from China on its "Contact Us" page, the Nikkei Asian Review confirmed.

The website of Starwood, which is part of Marriott, was also taken offline in China.

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In 2008, hundreds of protesters called for a boycott of the French retailer Carrefour after Tibetan activists disrupted the Olympic torch's journey through Paris. "This is a matter of principle".

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,100 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 124 countries and territories.

Hong Kong and Macau are former European colonies that have retained high degrees of autonomy since their return to China as special administrative regions in the late 1990s.

The island of Taiwan declared independence in 1950 but Beijing has claimed sovereignty ever since.

Marriott's troubles should also drive home for foreign businesses operating in China or hoping to cater to Chinese tourists that understanding how Beijing understands history is key to not running afoul of the Chinese government.

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