Marriott says sorry, promises to respect China's sovereignty

China | 12 Jan 2018 7:10 pm

U.S. hotel chain Marriott International's chief executive officer apologized for listing Tibet, among other parts of China, as an independent country in a mail questionnaire, and promised to take measures to prevent such incidents.

"Marriott International respects and supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China. Unfortunately, twice this week, we had incidents that suggested the opposite," the company's president and chief executive Arne Sorenson said in the statement, Xinhua reports.

"We don't support anyone who subverts the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China and we do not intend in any way to encourage or incite any such people or groups. We recognize the severity of the situation and sincerely apologize," the message said, in a more solemn tone than previous ones offered on Chinese media that were slammed as insincere. (Pictured, J.W. Marriott, Jr., the executive chairman and chairman of Marriott International and Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive of Marriott International, mark the acquistion of Starwood in September 2016 at Times Square in New York).

The statement said the company has corrected the improper actions and checked its websites and mobile apps for other possible errors and will fully cooperate with investigations launched by the Chinese authorities.

"Upon completion of a full investigation into how both incidents happened, we will be taking the necessary disciplinary action with respect to the individuals involved," the statement said.

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