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China orders Marriott to shut down websites for a week

Hotel group's mistake was to categorize Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Tibet separately

HONG KONG -- Shanghai authorities have ordered U.S. hotel group Marriott International to shut down its Chinese websites and apps for a week after the group conducted an email survey in which it categorized Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Tibet as separate countries.

From 6 p.m. on Thursday, users would not be able to access the websites of brands under the Marriott umbrella including JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Sheraton and Renaissance through the main Marriott portal.

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