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SHARE Center recognizes groups for support of hospitality & tourism education

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—On Thursday, 27 August, STR’s SHARE Center recognized a group of professors, schools and partners for their ongoing support of hospitality and tourism education.

As part of the recognition, colleges and universities around the world were lauded for their number of students who have obtained the renowned Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA). Four schools have surpassed 900 certified students:

  • Cornell University (1,862)
  • Penn State University (1,455)
  • Johnson & Wales University – Providence (950)
  • Cal Poly Pomona (938)

Launched in 2011, and jointly offered with the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute (AHLEI) and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE), the CHIA has been earned by nearly 18,000 students and 3,000 industry professionals.

A newer certification, the Certification in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Analytics (CAHTA), is a step above the CHIA and has been awarded to nearly 400 students. The certification has recently been extended to industry professionals. Schools were also recognized for the number of students who completed the CAHTA, such as the Chinese University of Hong Kong (93 students) and EHL (75 students).

“It has been a privilege to work with this distinguished group of professors, schools and academic organizations from around the world,” said Steve Hood, SVP, Research and Director, SHARE Center. “We are excited that these analytics certifications have become the most popular in the global hospitality and tourism industry, and we look forward to certifying even more students and industry professionals in the years to come.”

The SHARE Center will host its fifth-annual Student Market Study Competition on 20-21 November. The virtual event will feature 49 teams from 16 countries. Given the online format, industry professionals will be able to observe the final presentations. For more information, please contact

About the SHARE Center
The STR SHARE (Supporting Hotel-related Academic Research and Education) Center supports schools around the globe by providing large volumes of hotel and tourism data, as well as related resources to professors and students for research, student projects and use in the classroom. The SHARE Center’s objective is to help improve the quality and increase the industry relevance of hospitality and tourism research and education. Launched in 2011, nearly 1,000 schools are involved from 80 countries.

About STR
STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights for global hospitality sectors. Founded in 1985, STR maintains a presence in 15 countries with a corporate North American headquarters in Hendersonville, Tennessee, an international headquarters in London, and an Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. STR was acquired in October 2019 by CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. For more information, please visit and

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