SINGAPORE – In an effort to develop skills and improve local hospitality and tourism employment prospects, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has launched its 150th IHG Academy in China.

The IHG Academy Programme partners with community organisations and education providers to train and develop hospitality and tourism managers in the market, such that they develop the right skills in order to support IHG’s rapid expansion across a particular country. It operates in 37 countries, with 84 partners in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

“At IHG we believe that hotels can make a real contribution to society,” said IHG CEO, Richard Solomons. “By leveraging our scale globally, IHG can provide better employment prospects to people who may not have otherwise chosen to work in our industry. Our IHG Academy participants come from very diverse backgrounds and it is through this programme that they are able to experience the wide range of jobs that can be found in hotels, and in so doing find their true calling.”

The 150th IHG Academy in China is launched in partnership with Pu’er University of South West China’s Yunnan Province, in conjunction with the Crowne Plaza Xishuangbanna.