Shanghai probes Marriott hotels over geography gaffe

Shanghai probes Marriott hotels over geography gaffeAuthorities in Shanghai are investigating hotel giant Marriott after it triggered an online uproar with a customer questionnaire that listed Chinese-claimed regions such as Tibet and Hong Kong as separate countries. City officials said in a notice dated late Wednesday that they were probing whether the gaffe in Marriott International’s Mandarin-language questionnaire violated national cyber-security and advertising laws. Marriott has issued an apology and amended the online questionnaire, which asked members of the chain’s customer rewards programme to list their country of residence, giving Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan as possible options.



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