Boycott Intercontinental hotels
Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), owner of Holiday Inn, is opening a luxury hotel in Lhasa, Tibet. The Intercontinental Resort Lhasa Paradise will be a playground for the rich in the heart of an oppressed nation.
Intercontinental will sell the image of a peaceful, spiritual and unspoiled land but, after more than 60 years of military occupation by China, the world’s largest dictatorship, Tibet is no paradise.
Intercontinental’s hotel will not benefit Tibetans: Tibet is being sucked dry and business in Tibet serves China.
Intercontinental faces increasing pressure to withdraw from the deal. The latest blow to the company is a demand from the United Nations Global Compact programme for it to provide answers to Free Tibet's unanswered questions about the plan.
The company has until March 15 to respond to Free Tibet's concerns.
The Global Compact is a a scheme designed to foster best practice in human rights for multinationals.
IHG makes much of its status as a signatory to the programme but its actions over the Lhasa hotel fall far short of the standards established by the Compact.
Free Tibet is asking supporters to boycott Intercontinental and send an email to chief executive Richard Solomons telling him to get out of Tibet.
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