ATLANTA, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's leading hotel companies, announces the expansion of the IHG Academy through a collaboration with Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia to establish Canada's first program and the ninth in the region. The IHG Academy is a global network of educational and community organizations allied with local IHG-branded hotels or corporate offices to provide hospitality knowledge and training to the community and to drive economic growth. Through training and mentoring, the IHG Academy has assisted nearly 10,000 people worldwide in becoming skilled hospitality workers and achieving their professional goals in the hospitality field. The IHG Academy generates a pipeline of motivated talent with real-world hospitality training that has the potential to work in IHG-branded hotels and in the industry. Today, IHG also announces a need to staff 32,000 new hospitality jobs in IHG-branded hotels in the Americas region, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean, during the next three years, as its robust business growth strategy keeps pace with rising global tourism demand. Likewise, by 2015, IHG-branded hotels worldwide will seek to fill 90,000 new jobs through active recruitment of talent, the IHG Academy programs and other channels. "Tourism is a fundamental pillar of any economy, and what we do matters to the health of our society," said Kirk Kinsell, president, the Americas, IHG. "As a global hotel company, we are building a competitive advantage in our sector by focusing on creating the potential for meaningful career opportunities for people in the communities where our hotels operate." Currently, in the Americas, IHG directly employs more than 14,500 people and directly hired more than 2,700 employees in the first half of 2012. The recruitment effort over the next few years will create positions in IHG's owned and managed hotels, corporate offices and reservation centers in roles such as Food and Beverage and Global Technology.