Vatel Singapore Graduates and CHIA certified!
The CHIA certification or the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics is a professional certification conferred by the STR (Smith Travel Reports, str.com), AHLA (American Hotel and Lodging Association, ahla.com) through its academic institute, AHLEI (American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute, ahlei.org), and CHRIE (Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education, chrie.org), reputable hospitality-related organisations all holding their main offices in the United States of America.
CHIA is the only hotel-related certification for industry professionals focused on analytics. This certification provides recognition of thorough knowledge of the foundational metrics, definitions, formulas and methodologies used by the industry.
Vatel Singapore – SDH Institute (vatel.sg, sdh.edu.sg) is the first in Singapore and perhaps in Southeast Asia to successfully train for the CHIA certification since October 2014. Those CHIA certified are 2 lecturers, 1 staff, and 17 Vatel graduates/students, namely: Fred Utanes (2014, Vatel Singapore – SDH Institute senior lecturer); Cheryll Yong (2015, Head of Corporate Services); Pakalapati B.R.B. Raju (2015, Vatel Singapore – SDH Institute lecturer);
(Batch 2015, Vatel Singapore – SDH Institute):
- Pakalapati V.R.B. Raju,
- Aniket Pandharpurkar,
- Constance Jacqueline Daniele Marechal,
- Kshitij Himanshu Kharkar,
- Rovina Tanner Kusuma Than,
- Shruti Anil Kulkarni,
- Yeo Hui Ching, and
- Zyrus Sim Wei Kang
(Batch 2016, Vatel Singapore – SDH Institute):
- Margarita Claudine A. Almendra,
- Krysten Angela Elaine L. Chan, and
- Khairul Daneal Ng
(Batch 2017, Vatel Singapore – SDH Institute):
- Anu Ilakkiya Jayaprakash,
- Bertina Hindarto,
- Chloe Lau Sher Lee,
- Reina Arfan Lie,
- Stella Chioh Pei Xuan, and
- Yulia Penkina
The passing rate so far is 17 out of 24 candidates or 71% as of June 2017.
Considering that many parent hotels and their properties in Singapore subscribe to the STR reports, the Vatel Singapore – SDH Institute students and graduates especially are among the few at this time in the local hospitality industry who could stand a good chance of differentiating themselves here. Having the Vatel academic qualification and the CHIA professional certification, they come out quite strong as potential hospitality leaders and professionals.