By Daniel Hunter

Intercontinental hotels have announced that they will create 3,000 new jobs in the UK.

The firm, who own the Holiday Inn and Crown Plaza hotel brands, are the world's biggest hotelier and already have 275 hotels in the UK.

The jobs will be created over the next three years, and will be supported by a new London-based training academy.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was at the launch of the academy.

"The British service sector is world-beating, and will soon welcome millions of guests," he said.

"Intercontinental are leading the way in their sector through a tailored academy programme. It's an added investment that means young people can learn the skills for the industry in a local college, and then start their career in a local hotel."

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