Stop Upscale Resort From Covering Up Tibet’s Tribulations


Target: Richard Solomons, CEO, Intercontinental Hotels Group

Goal: Stop opening of Intercontinental hotel in Tibet

Intercontinental Hotels Group is planning to construct an upscale resort in Tibet. By distracting from the litany of social, economic and human rights issues ravaging the country, the resort would only detract from international awareness of these problems. Tibetans suffer from severe human right’s abuses daily and that should not be brushed under the rug by the company’s hopes to bring more money in for the government.

The Tibet Autonomous Region faces many struggles, economic and otherwise. Even without the illusion that life is a state of paradise for them, the issues that riddle Tibet are largely ignored. There is military force, brutality, and oppression looming over the people of Tibet, and Intercontinental Hotels is only looking to cover that up. It will be marketing Tibet as a peaceful, spiritual, and untarnished land.

If Intercontinental Hotels is successful in building their hotel in Tibet, its business will only benefit the Chinese government.  Its employees will suffer from possible imprisonment and brutal force from military presence and its very presence will have no benefit for the people of Tibet at all. Building a hotel in Lhasa, Tibet will be a mistake. By signing this you are letting the company know that its presence in Tibet is not welcomed.


Dear Mr. Solomons,

I do not agree with your decision to open a new hotel in Lhasa, Tibet because it will only further stagnate the progress of Tibet’s freedom. Tibet is filled with military presence in its streets and is oppressed in very many aspects of life. If it is advertised to be spiritually enriched and peaceful, Tibet will never be able to have its true hardships acknowledged in order for change.

In the recent years Tibet has only begun to struggle more as the Chinese government progresses in its oppression. Tibet’s progress is being stunted by cover ups and propagated materials that only seek to use Tibet for financial greed. Propagated materials include advertisements for your hotel and the environment it will be surrounded by in Tibet.

I am imploring that you halt the efforts to build a hotel in Lhasa for the sake of Tibet’s prosperity and freedom.


[Your Name Here]

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