The IHG Academy Grows By Adding New Programs in the Americas
Global hospitality career training program expands through new Canadian
IHG announces need to recruit 32,000 people into new roles in the Americas
region by 2015
ATLANTA, Sept. 27, 2012
ATLANTA, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
[LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's leading hotel companies,
announces the expansion of the IHG Academy through a collaboration with Cape
Breton University in Nova Scotia to establish Canada's first program and the
ninth in the region. The IHG Academy is a global network of educational and
community organizations allied with local IHG-branded hotels or corporate
offices to provide hospitality knowledge and training to the community and to
drive economic growth. Through training and mentoring, the IHG Academy has
assisted nearly 10,000 people worldwide in becoming skilled hospitality
workers and achieving their professional goals in the hospitality field.
The IHG Academy generates a pipeline of motivated talent with real-world
hospitality training that has the potential to work in IHG-branded hotels and
in the industry. Today, IHG also announces a need to staff 32,000 new
hospitality jobs in IHG-branded hotels in the Americas region, including the
United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean, during the
next three years, as its robust business growth strategy keeps pace with
rising global tourism demand. Likewise, by 2015, IHG-branded hotels worldwide
will seek to fill 90,000 new jobs through active recruitment of talent, the
IHG Academy programs and other channels.
"Tourism is a fundamental pillar of any economy, and what we do matters to the
health of our society," said Kirk Kinsell, president, the Americas, IHG. "As a
global hotel company, we are building a competitive advantage in our sector by
focusing on creating the potential for meaningful career opportunities for
people in the communities where our hotels operate."
Currently, in the Americas, IHG directly employs more than 14,500 people and
directly hired more than 2,700 employees in the first half of 2012. The
recruitment effort over the next few years will create positions in IHG's
owned and managed hotels, corporate offices and reservation centers in roles
such as Food and Beverage and Global Technology.
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) "Economic Impact of
Travel & Tourism 2012" summary report, the broader industry is projected to
generate nearly 1-in-10 jobs around the globe by 2022 through direct
employment, jobs created in the supply sectors and the spending of industry
employees. As a global hotel company, IHG and our franchisee community will
contribute to the significant growth of our industry's economic impact over
the next decade.
"We're doing our part through the IHG Academy to close the skills gap in our
industry between open jobs and those eligible for employment," added Kinsell.
"We're proud of all of our hotel owners and employees, who are strengthening
our economy for the long-term by rolling up their sleeves to help develop a
skilled workforce equipped to meet today's hospitality industry needs."
Since launching in Shanghai, China in 2006, the IHG Academy program has
successfully developed by using a business model that enables collaboration
with small to medium-sized organizations, often local to the hotel location.
In some instances, participants have even started careers in IHG-branded
hotels. Supportive career development is an important aspect of every program
that helps give employees the potential to grow from entry-level to management
"We're thrilled about the growth of our IHG Academy program through exciting
collaborations such as this with Cape Breton University," said David Jerome,
senior vice president, Corporate Responsibility, IHG. "We continue to leverage
our deep service culture around the world to mentor and train talent, while
bringing on board more IHG owners and employees ready to start new academies.
Strong supporters who are enthusiastic and engaged are critical to our
mission's success. We want to create recruitment links in our industry for
people who may not have considered a career in hospitality or otherwise been
Around the world, more than 132 hotels in the IHG family of brands, including
InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels &
Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge
Suites®, and Candlewood Suites® have established more than 80 IHG Academy
programs, including 16 programs in Europe and 56 programs in Asia, the Middle
East and Africa. In the U.S., IHG has collaborated with top universities and
nonprofit organizations to create the IHG Academy programs, including New York
University, Atlanta Children's Shelter, Wayland School in Boston, and Temple
University and Holy Family University in Philadelphia. In Mexico, IHG-branded
hotels have partnered with the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) of Mexico City
and Cancun, and, in Latin America, the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) of Sao
Paulo, Brazil and the Panama International School.
The IHG Academy has an active pipeline of programs in the Americas that are
under development. These new academies, which are in the process of finalizing
agreements, include programs sponsored by employees at IHG's regional
headquarters in Atlanta and by managed and franchised hotels in major U.S.
markets such as Give Kids the World with Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista; and the
Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at the University
of Memphis with Holiday Inn Memphis - Wolfchase Galleria and the Holiday Inn
For more information and to read IHG's current Corporate Responsibility
Report, please go to www.ihg.com/responsibility.
Notes to Editors:
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global
organization with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels &
Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels
and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, as
well as our two newest brands, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG
also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel
loyalty program with over 67 million members worldwide.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than
666,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than
1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000
people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is
incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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