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3,000 jobs as hotel chain expands

Hotel firm InterContinental is to create 3,000 jobs over the next four years as part of a multi-million pound investment in the UK.

InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) plans to open 37 new hotels, creating a employment opportunities across the country in a £500 million investment project.

The centrepiece of the project will be an IHG hotel in Westminster, due to open in December 2011, as well as two hotels within the Olympic Village in 2012.

Other new businesses will be based in Newcastle, Colchester, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Job opportunities will include a range of management work, waiting and bar staff, and all employees will get access to IHG’s training and development programmes.

Giles Deards, communications director for IHG, said that opening the new hotels was part of the group’s long-term strategy.

“If we want to see economic growth in the volume we want, this is the type of investment we need to make,” he said.

“This is important to us because we’re a big UK company creating jobs in the UK at a time when people are worried about where jobs in the private sector are going to come from.”

The vacancies have been announced as IHG, which owns hotel brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo, revealed plans to open over 1,200 hotels worldwide, creating a total of 160,000 new jobs.

Andy Cosslett, IHG’s chief executive, said: “We are the world’s biggest hotel group and investment in new hotels and the people that make them successful is vital to our growth.”

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