Hotel Online
News for the Hospitality Executive



IHG to Create 3,000 Jobs in the UK by 2015 and Launches its Hospitality
Training Academy in London in Partnership with Newham College

22 February 2012 - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies with brands such as Holiday Inn, today announced it is creating nearly 3,000¹ new jobs across its 275 UK hotels over the next three years, including over 1,100² new jobs this year. IHG also announced the launch of its newest hospitality training Academy in London. 

The announcement was welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who attended the launch of the IHG Academy programme at the soon to open Holiday Inn London Stratford City. The new hotel is one of four IHG hotels in the area that will be creating new jobs, for which students of the IHG Academy programme can apply. 

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said, "It’s fantastic to see IHG growing its UK business and creating 3,000 new jobs. The British service sector is world-beating, and will soon welcome millions of guests to enjoy London 2012. But reaching this gold standard needs investment in people. IHG are leading the way in their sector through a tailored academy programme. It’s an added investment that means young people can learn the skills for the industry in a local college, and then start their career in a local hotel. This shows real investment in our future workforce, is a huge boost for jobs across the country, but crucially will see local people benefit from training and work.”

Holiday Inn, part of the IHG family of brands, is the official hotel provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of its Olympic legacy, IHG has launched a new hospitality training academy in partnership with Newham College in one of the Games’ host boroughs. 

With two new hotels to be built in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, successful students will be prize candidates for some of the 140 new jobs being created in the local area as the new hotels open.

IHG’s Chief Executive Richard Solomons joined Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and students at the soon to open Holiday Inn London Stratford City to launch the new Academy programme. 

Richard Solomons, IHG’s Chief Executive said, “Hospitality is a great business to be in and working in hotels offers people exciting career paths for the future.  We’re pleased to be working with our hotel owners to create jobs and training opportunities in the UK at this time. The IHG Academy programme allows us to join with local education bodies in the UK and around the world to provide real-life skills and enhance employment prospects for local people.  IHG benefits by having access to talent from the neighbourhoods near our hotels.” 

The IHG Academy programme in Newham was developed in partnership with Newham College and will provide talented local people with hospitality training and practical work experience at a hotel from the IHG family of brands. Students take a six-month tailored course that combines the best of the Hospitality Skills Diploma NVQ with four weeks practical work experience in a hotel. Students qualify with a Hospitality Level 2 Diploma and will have the opportunity to apply for jobs at entry level with IHG. 

IHG currently employs over 15,000 people in the UK; approximately 24 per cent of employees are between the ages of 18 and 24 years. 

The launch of the IHG Academy programme in Newham is part of a global initiative to invest in the recruitment and training of hotel employees to ensure guests at IHG hotels experience consistent, high levels of customer service, no matter where they are in the world. IHG is committed to creating real job opportunities in the communities around its 4,480 hotels worldwide.

There are 42 IHG Academy programmes worldwide and 5,500 students were involved in the hospitality training globally last year.

¹ IHG is to create 2,992 new jobs in the UK over the next three years.
² IHG is to create 1,144 new jobs in the UK in 2012.

About IHG

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation operating seven hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 63 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,400 hotels and more than 658,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories, and has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline.

IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 new people worldwide across its estate over the next few years and is committed to gender balance throughout its business. We aspire to continue retaining a minimum of 25% female representation on the Board.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

Visit for hotel information and reservations and for more on Priority Club Rewards. For our latest news, visit, or

Lauren Knott
+44(0) 1895 512 598
Joanna James
+44(0) 1895 512 112

 Receive Your Hospitality Industry Headlines via Email for Free! Subscribe Here

To Learn More About Your News Being Published on Hotel-Online Inquire Here
Also See: IHG Signs Management Agreement with Petersburg City for the 173-room InterContinental St. Petersburg to Open in 2016 in Russia and Celebrates Opening of InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya / February 2012

IHG Reorganizes Regional Reporting Structure Effective from the Results for 2011 to be Reported on February 14, 2012 / January 2012

IHG Names Pascal Gauvin as Chief Operating Officer for India, Middle East and Africa Region / January 2012

IHG Opens the 203-room InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya in Russia, Owned by Business Centre on Tverskaya / December 2011

Clay Sawyer Named Director of Marketing for InterContinental Hotels Group Latin America & Caribbean Region / October 2011

IHG Appoints Joel Eisemann as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the Americas Region and Jim Anhut as Senior Vice President Americas Brand Management / October 2011

InterContinental Launches InterContinental Kitchen Cookbook iPad App; Provides Guests with Downloadable IHG Kitchen Recipes / September 2011

InterContinental Hotels Group to Expand in Russia and the Commonweath of Independent States (CIS) with Plans for 100 Hotels by 2020 / September 2011

IHG Opens the 135-room Staybridge Suites Orlando Airport in Florida Following $1.3 Million Renovation and Conversion from a Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham / September 2011

IHG's Innovation Hotel Version 2.0 for Sustainable Hotel Design Website Launches Providing Users Greater Interaction and Real-Life Hotel Case Studies / August 2011

IHG Makes Development Team Changes in the Americas Region / August 2011

IHG Appoints Tracy Robbins as Executive Vice President Global Human Resources and Group Operations Support, and to the Board as an Executive Director / August 2011

IHG Signs Franchise Agreement with Sands China to Open 1,224 room Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Strip in Macao; Will be the World's Largest Holiday Inn When Open in Early 2012 / August 2011

IHG Appoints Yehuda J. Brener as Director of Sales, Latin America & Caribbean / August 2011

IHG Appoints Tom Singer to the Board and Executive Committee as Chief Financial Officer / July 2011

IHG Revises Existing Agreements for 130 Hotels with Hospitality Properties Trust into One New 25 Year Management Contract / July 2011

IHG Appoints a Head for its New European Division and Implements a Regional Management Realignment Combining the Middle East and Africa with Asia Australasia / July 2011

IHG Appoints Paul Snyder, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, the Americas Region / July 2011

IHG Appoints Kirk Kinsell as President, The Americas, Following the Resignation of Jim Abrahamson / June 2011

IHG Names Luke Mayhew to Serve as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee Replacing Ralph Kugler on as his Retirement from the Board / June 2011

IHG Signs 54 Hotels in Europe Adding over 7,800 Rooms Across Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo Brands / June 2011

Rodolfo Denz Named Regional Revenue Manager, Latin America & Caribbean, for Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) / June 2011

IHG Names Ricardo Lopez Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Latin America & Caribbean / May 2011

InterContinental Hotels Group Bolsters Development Team with Three New Appointments in the United Kingdom, Russia and Africa / May 2011

PT. Wismatama Indah Makmur Signs Management Agreement with IHG for Proposed 160-room Holiday Inn Express in Bali, Indonesia / April 2011

IHG in Joint Venture with Duet India Hotels Group to Develop 19 Holiday Inn Express Hotels Across India, Adding 3,300 Rooms to IHG's Current India Development Pipeline / April 2011

IHG's Andrew Cosslett to Step Down as Chief Executive; to be Succeeded by Richard Solomons, Currently Chief Financial Officer and Head of Commercial Development / March 2011

IHG Appoints Chris Moloney As Chief Operating Officer, South West Asia / March 2011

InterContinental Hotels Group Restructures and Streamlines its Asia Pacific Region / June 2009

IHG Signs Agreements for Five New Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express Hotels Throughout Brazil / June 2009

Jan Smits Promoted to Chief Operating Officer, South Asia for InterContinental Hotels Group / November 2004
.. .

To search Hotel Online data base of News and Trends Go to Hotel.OnlineSearch

Home | Welcome | Hospitality News
| Industry Resources

Please contact Hotel.Online with your comments and suggestions.