IHG and Cape Breton University Establish First IHG Academy in Canada

IHG and Cape Breton University Establish First IHG Academy in Canada 
Participating IHG hotels in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will engage to 
create recruitment opportunities and foster economic growth locally 
CAPE BRETON ISLAND, Nova Scotia, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - IHG (InterContinental 
Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announces the 
establishment of the first IHG Academy in Canada at Cape Breton University in 
Sydney, Nova Scotia. The program has been created and supported by Pacrim 
Hospitality Services Inc., Fortis Properties, the Tourism Industry Association 
of Nova Scotia (TIANS), and the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick 
(TIANB). 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 new IHG Academy at Cape Breton University is now seeking 30 participants 
for a three to six-month program that encompasses on-site work experience at 
hotels in the IHG family of brands owned by Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. 
and Fortis Properties. Participants will rotate through several hotel 
functions, including Front Desk, Housekeeping, Food & Beverage, and more as 
part of their real-world training. This IHG Academy program complements the 
three-year Bachelor of Hospitality Tourism Management degree program currently 
offered at Cape Breton University and helps to develop students' management 
potential.    IHG hotels participating in this new IHG Academy include Crowne 
Plaza Fredericton-Lord Beaverbrook, Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown, Holiday Inn 
Truro, Holiday Inn Sydney-Waterfront, Holiday Inn Express Stellarton-New 
Glasgow, and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Moncton. These hotels, all of which 
are franchised properties, currently employ 271 people in Nova Scotia and New 
Brunswick. IHG has recently announced that over the next three years, 32,000 
new jobs will be created in IHG-branded hotels in the Americas region to 
sustain the company's strong growth plans, including jobs across the Canada 
estate in both managed and franchised hotels and IHG's corporate offices. 
"I am thrilled to see the first IHG Academy established in Canada thanks to 
our collaboration with Cape Breton University," said Glenn Squires, global 
chairman of the IHG Owners Association and CEO of Pacrim Hospitality Services 
Inc., based in Halifax. "IHG has been very supportive from our first 
discussions regarding an Academy in Nova Scotia, and I believe Nova Scotia has 
the potential to become a world leader in tourism and hospitality education 
and training. This IHG Academy is another step in helping us achieve that 
The IHG Academy continues to open the door to economic opportunity through 
more than 80 programs globally that provide real-world hospitality experience. 
These various Academies have provided participants – many from 
underprivileged communities – with recruitment links in the industry as well 
as valuable training and development opportunities. 
"Skills development opportunities significantly add to the learning 
experiences of our students and help nurture well-rounded professionals," said 
Cape Breton University President John Harker. "By partnering with industry 
leaders, like IHG, we are able to provide CBU students with exceptional work 
experiences, which enhance the learning environment and further prepare 
students to be successful in a fast-paced industry.  Being the first 
post-secondary institution in Canada to collaborate with the IHG Academy 
speaks volumes to our hospitality program and our record of educating leaders 
in this global sector." 
Cape Breton University promises, and delivers, an exceptional educational 
experience for all students. The university has students and graduates 
recognized nationally and internationally for innovative accomplishments. The 
Tourism Management program has been built on a 30-year reputation for 
educating highly-qualified personnel for the hospitality and tourism industry. 
The IHG Academy reinforces IHG's commitment to supporting career development 
by using a business model that enables collaboration with small to 
medium-sized enterprises, often local to the hotel location. The launch of the 
IHG Academy in Nova Scotia represents an important growth milestone for the 
program, as IHG seeks to expand it across the Americas. 
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. 
Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and 
www.priorityclub.comfor more on Priority Club Rewards. For our latest news, 
visit www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihgplc, www.facebook.com/ihg or 
Sherry Telford, IHG, +1-770-604-2613, sherry.telford@ihg.com; Becky Chisholm, 
Communications & PR Officer, Cape Breton University, +1-902-563-1638 or 
+1-902-574-5884, becky_chisholm@cbu.ca; Julia Perreira, Weber Shandwick 
Canada, +1-416-642-7959, JPerreira@webershandwick.com 
SOURCE: IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 
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