Find innovative ways for hotels to create and sustain a learning culture


How can you find innovative ways for hotels to create and sustain a learning culture that not only enhances individual and team performance but also contributes to the overall success of the hotel?

About the challenge

At IHG, we're committed to helping our team members grow by developing their skills in their current roles and preparing them for future opportunities – we call this our ‘Room to Belong’ promise.

We recognise that our industry is changing, and that the new talent pool may be lacking prior hospitality experience. Moreover, offering flexible schedules and holistic wellbeing support is the new norm for employer. Our guest demands are also changing with the times, but what’s not changes is their high expectations from IHG Hotels & Resorts and the guest experience we deliver in our properties. It is then crucial that we adapt our current ways of working and delivering learning to attract and keep talented individuals who will find that we have plenty of room to grow while we also grow our business and deliver on our purpose of True Hospitality for Good.

At IHG we know learning is a way of life. We believe in continuous learning, which goes beyond formal training to include coaching, mentoring, shadowing, and on-the-job learning. We value a culture where making mistakes is seen as a chance to learn.

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About the challenger

IHG Hotels & Resorts is a global hospitality company, with a purpose to provide True Hospitality for Good.

With a family of 17 hotel brands and IHG Rewards, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes, IHG has over 6,000 open hotels in more than 100 countries, and a further 1,800 in the development pipeline.


Opening application

Feb 5, 2024
Welcome to the competition!

Closing application

Apr 8, 2024
You've made it!

Online presentation

Apr 24, 2024
Apr 26, 2024
Finalists only: 15min jury session

Official ceremony

May 29, 2024
Meet us in Paris for the finale!
*Dates may vary - stay updated

Are you ready for the challenge?

Winning team rewards

For the winning team

Full access to the Skill Academy – where you can enhance your hospitality experience by real life courses and dedicated program.
Priority into our internship offers for the division.
Internal recommendation for IHG offers in IHG Careers.
Mentoring sessions with one of our leaders to talk about future career in hospitality, as well as piloting regional and global actions, attached to learning.
IHG Young Talent pack, with learning supports & gifts.

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Who can participate?


Participants must be of legal age (18 or older) and either a student or under 26 years old. Participation is free of charge.

Do team members have to come from the same school?


Not necessarly. However, each member must be eligible to the competition by respecting the age limit and status.

Do I have to be studying or have studied at a hospitality school or program to take part?


No! All students, regardless of their school, or people under the age of 26 are welcome to take part in the competition.

Can I participate in multiple Challenges with my team?


Yes. You can apply to multiple projects if several appeal to you and you can't decide!

What is the language of the competition?


All documents (audio included) and communication are in English only.

When will I know if my team is selected among finalists?


Results will be shared with you by the latest on April 10th, 2024. Finalist groups will all compete in the final in Paris and receive diplomas. Once the finalists are announced, you can book your tickets to attend the Grand Finale on May 29th, 2024, in Paris in the InterContinental Paris Le Grand 5* hotel.

What happens if my team is selected as a finalist? 


Finalist teams will present their project in a 15-minute video meeting to the Challenger Jury, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session.

When will I know if my team won the Challenge?


Results will be announced live during the Young Talent Awards Big Finale ceremony in Paris on the 29 May, 2024.


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