“At IHG we believe that hotels can make a real contribution to society.” Said Richard Solomons, CEO of IHG.

Semiramis InterContinental Cairo started the IHG Academy programme three years ago in collaboration with the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality, Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt. This year, we engaged seventy young students with the IHG brand, train them for practical jobs experience at the Front office, Kitchen and F&B departments. The ceremony was held at the Cleopatra Ballroom attended by Professors Head of the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality as well as the General Manager of the hotel and Executives and Head of Departments. The ceremony started with a presentation showing the programme, the 70 graduates training steps as well as some practical cuisines sessions: Sushi, main dishes and desserts and Lunch tasting & service session and ended by certificates distribution.

Originally launched in China nine years ago, IHG Academy demonstrates how IHG is innovating within the industry, by pioneering global collaboration between hotels and local education providers and community organizations. IHG Academy gives participants real-world experience of the hospitality industry and allows us the opportunity to develop talented people to work in our hotels. The programme has continued to grow year on year and now spans 60 countries worldwide.

Sameh Sobhy, General Manager, Semiramis InterContinental Cairo, commented: "The IHG Academy gives participants the invaluable experience of working in a hotel and allows them to see first-hand what it takes to deliver Great Hotels Guests Love. We are extremely proud of our 70 graduates who have done a great job and big efforts to learn and develop their skills in a practical manner. "