Hotels group to create 3,000 UK jobs

Holiday Inn firm Intercontinental Hotels Group today set out plans to create 3,000 jobs in the UK, as it reported a 22% hike in half-year profits.

Holiday Inn firm Intercontinental Hotels Group today set out plans to create 3,000 jobs in the UK, as it reported a 22% hike in half-year profits.

The world's biggest hotelier, which also operates under the Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites brands, reported operating profits of $219m (€167m) in the first half of 2010.

IHG operates 255 hotels in the UK, of which 230 are Holiday Inns, and will be opening another 35 in the next two to three years, creating 3,000 jobs across the UK.

A spokesman for the group said of the 35 planned hotels, 24 will be Holiday Inns and there will be two new Crowne Plazas, three Staybridge Suites and five Hotel Indigos. A new Intercontinental will also open in Westminster, London.

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