Holiday Inn is set to fly in 100 international staff to work in the Olympic Village to make athletes feel more at home during the 2012 games.
The Olympics' official hotel provider announced the move today. Staff will be recruited from Holiday Inns and other hotels within InterContinental Hotels Group around the world to help deliver the best service possible for athletes and their support staff.
Chris Hale, spokesperson for London 2012, Holiday Inn, said: "We have talented people working in our hotels around the world who come into contact with different cultures and customs every day. We wanted to harness this experience and apply it to London 2012 to look after the athletes during the most important weeks of their lives."
Twenty staff have already been recruited from countries which include China, Germany, Pakistan, The Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. To be picked for the job, staff have to demonstrate top-notch hospitality skills and expertise combined with a sound knowledge of local customs and cultures.
Positions such as front desk staff, residential managers and concierges are up for grabs in both the Stratford and Weymouth Villages.
By Emily Manson
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