Intercontinental Hotels Group expands employee discount scheme

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has re-launched its employee discount scheme to include a wider range of discounts and cash-back offers for its 7,500 UK employees.

The Thinking Benefits scheme, provided by Personal Group, now offers more than 5,000 discounts on goods and services, including high-street shops, supermarkets, travel insurance and experience days, as well as offers at local retailers.

Staff can now also use reloadable cards to obtain discounts, and can access an enhanced website that shows the total savings they make on a transaction.

IHG, which owns the Crowne Plaza and the Holiday Inn brands, launched a voluntary benefits scheme more than three years ago, but saw the need to provide a more comprehensive offering.

It has also refreshed its benefits book to include the new range of discounts. The book is available in paper and online formats, as many staff are hotel-based without regular access to a computer.

IHG held presentation days in March to inform staff about the re-launch, as well as issuing communications through hotel management. It also produced posters for timely events, such as special offers for Mother’s Day.

David Lawrence, vice-president, compensation and benefits for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at IHG, said: “One of the most important things we can do is look to improve and provide good pay and benefits to our existing and potential future employees. We are keen to ensure we are an employer of choice. We continue to strive to improve upon that and Thinking Benefits goes some way to provide that to employees.”

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