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IHG Academy Doubles Presence in China with New Training Facilities

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Thursday, 17 July 2008

InterContinental Hotels Group is tackling the war for talent in China head on. Two years after opening its first IHG Academy, an industry-leading training institute, in Shanghai, the company is to nearly double the number of IHG Academy locations to 22 from the current 12.

IHG recently signed partnerships with several leading tourism institutions in the key cities of Nanjing and Hangzhou in eastern China. These 10 new IHG training facilities will cater to an area with a population of nearly 150 million people, training local talent in a variety of hospitality-related fields and subsequently offering them employment within IHGs growing portfolio of hotels.

The first IHG Academy was established in June 2006 in Shanghai, to address the demand for trained talent in Chinas rapidly-growing hospitality industry. Since then, the IHG Academy has grown rapidly across China and attracted significant interest from young people interested in pursuing a career in Chinas burgeoning hospitality industry. The IHG Academy will be able to accommodate up to 4,500 students at any one time, once all 22 locations are up and running. Each IHG Academy offers a selection of certification and diploma programmes that combine theoretical sessions, lectures by IHG executives and internship exposure at IHGs hotels. Each year, approximately 2,000 IHG Academy graduates are offered employment opportunities at IHG hotels across China under the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands.

IHG has been operating in China for 24 years. As an industry leader in this important market, it is our responsibility to proactively contribute to the growth and development of Chinas hospitality industry, said Edmond Ip, chief operating officer, IHG Greater China. Finding the right people is challenging, but it is the key to our success. As such, we are committed to delivering world-class people development initiatives and practices to enrich the local talent pool.

Ip added that IHG is growing at a faster pace than ever in China, with 32,000 employees across the country. The companys aggressive expansion plan means it will need to recruit another 20,000 new employees across China by the end of this year. The expansion of the IHG Academy will help IHG build a renewable pool of skilled, well-trained talent.

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