IHG Hotels & Resorts

Grand Vision


How can IHG create an inclusive and inspiring culture for all people to flourish - no matter their background?


Our goal was to determine how to increase diversity and inclusion at IHG Hotels & Resorts, based on respect for human rights and capabilities. We decides to approach the problem from an angle that would open more doors to people of all genders and cultures, while addressing the modern needs of the hotel industry and the changing demographics of the world. And the people who, in our opinion, need chance to succeed in the hotel business are old people!

Our idea:

Our idea is to give a chance in the hotel business to people from diverse backgrounds who, in today's world, face rejection and rejection in the workspace because of their situation. We have studied in detail the problems that are based on ageism and that people 65+ face at every stage, from finding a job to adapting to a team.

Our idea is not only to highlight these issues and how they can adressed, but also to open up perspectives for hiring senior staff by highlighting their strenghts and supporting diversity within the workforce. The idea will help the IHG network become one the first to support this group of people and make this world en even better place.

Winning students

asked questions

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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