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.
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