IHG's Staybridge and Candlewood Suites Introduce New Master's Curriculum for Owner Certification Program
ATLANTA—IHG’s extended stay brands, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites, have introduced a new master's certification program to its owner certification program. Designed to build upon what is learned in the bachelor’s class, the new program expands the content to teach owners how to continually improve the performance of their hotels. Topics for discussion in the program include the owner’s role in leading the sales effort, driving guest satisfaction and quality, and leadership and organizational performance. READER COMMENTS
“This proprietary program is an important part of our strategy to encourage owner involvement and commitment to the success of our brands,” said Robert Radomski, vice president, Global Brand Management, Extended Stay Brands, IHG, in an announcement. “For an owner to be profitable in the extended stay segment, there’s a very specific business model that’s required, and our new master’s level certification covers that business model from a deeper perspective.”
The curriculum for the master’s program is centered on fewer topics than what’s covered at the bachelor’s level, but these topics are covered from a deeper perspective. The goal is to help owners grow market share, improve guest satisfaction, and gain a higher return on their investment.
Two master’s level classes have been held to date and sessions will continue as more owners qualify. To attend, owners must have previously attended a bachelor’s level class and must have a designated level of extended stay mix, guest satisfaction scores above a pre-determined threshold, and a designated RevPAR index.