[photopress:hotels_edmond_ip.jpg,full,alignright]The hotel business is now rivaling film and television in the number of awards offered. This does not happen in journalism. In Australia, where this is being written, there is for journalists one award, grudgingly awarded once a year.
Now we note that InterContinental Hotels has, certainly deservedly, won a number of industry awards in China.
At the 2007 China Hotel Starlight Awards, IHG was named Best International Hotel Company. Its Priority Club Rewards, which has 37 million members worldwide and three million members across China, was named Best Loyalty Program in China.
Edmond Ip, chief operating officer of IHG Greater China, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition, IHG was named Best Employer in China’s Hotel Industry by the China Hotel Annual Forum.
The China Hotel Starlight Awards are sponsored by several leading media organisations in China. Winners were selected based on readership votes and professional assessments by industry experts.
IHG was the first international hotel group to enter China in 1984, and is currently the largest international hotel operator in Greater China with a portfolio of 82 hotels. The company invests heavily in training and development.
In recent years, it has launched the IHG Academy in five Chinese cities, in collaboration with key colleges and vocational institutions. The IHG Academy is expected to supply 2,000 graduates to IHG’s hotels every year.
Other awards IHG received at the Starlight Awards include:
Crowne Plaza Fudan Shanghai — Top 10 Business Hotels
Crowne Plaza Chengdu — Top 10 Business Hotel
Crowne Plaza Chengdu — Top Employers in China
Theodore Durham, general manager, Crowne Plaza Chengdu — Top 10 Foreign General Managers in China
Source: 4 Hoteliers