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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Global Hospitality Search Firm to Promote EI Certifications

      Orlando, Florida, October 2012-The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with CHA-International, Inc., a global hospitality consultancy and executive search firm, enabling that organization to promote and sell EI's professional certifications to its clients, candidates and industry professionals.

      CHA International was founded in 1998 by Dr. Sam Saker, CHA, a hospitality industry veteran with more than 30 years of hotel management experience with brands including Holiday Corporation, Forte Hotels International, and Marriott. The executive search firm has grown to 28 offices around the world, serving a broad range of hospitality industry organizations. Saker, who holds the professional designation of Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) from the Educational Institute, will be promoting that certification and others to his company's pool of hospitality and tourism professionals in India.

      "Being a Certified Hotel Administrator myself, it is certainly a great pleasure for our firm to partner up with the respectable Educational Institute and to be a part of the worldwide prestigious certification programs," said Saker. "We look forward to great teamwork in the process of reaching out the world of hospitality professionals."

      For more information on EI's professional certifications and other training and education resources, visit www.ahlei.org, or call 800-349-0299 or 407-999-8100.   

      Photo caption: Robert L. Steele III, CHA, president and COO of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) and Dr. Sam Saker, founder and president of CHA-International, Inc., sign an agreement enabling the hospitality executive search firm to promote and sell EI certifications.

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

      Elizabeth Johnson - ejohnson@ahla.com

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