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Rosewood Hotel Group to require HFTP certification for information technology staff

AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 6, 2016) — Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals’ (HFTP®) Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) certification program has been named a requirement for the information technology staff of the prominent Rosewood Hotel Group. Current IT professionals employed at Rosewood Hotel Group are diligently working to obtain their CHTP designation. Rosewood Hotel Group is the first group certification HFTP has coordinated, and has been a success from the get-go.

“Since its inception the CHTP designation has been a benchmark of knowledge and skill for the hospitality technology industry,” says HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “It has been well-documented that holding a CHTP designation leads to better job opportunities, career advancement and higher salaries and HFTP is thrilled to have Rosewood Hotel Group recognize the prestige that this certification carries.”

Andy Tjan, CHTP and corporate director of technology and innovation for Rosewood Hotel Group explains, "We are firmly committed to continuing education within our profession and ensuring that we effectively adapt to changing technologies and evolving our business practices to match. HFTP’s newest generation of technology certification effectively marries industry experience with core technology knowledge. Frank (Wolfe) and the team have done an exceptional job representing hospitality IT professionals, and we are so excited to demonstrate our support by certifying our entire IT group."

CHTP designees from U.S.-based Rosewood properties include: Jennifer Hysaw, Kelly Moore, Shafiq Rhaman, Jonathan Watje and Spencer Wheatcroft. CHTP designees from U.K.-based Rosewood properties include: Dzmitry Isakou, Mat Kolarik and Barry Thomas. CHTP designees from other Rosewood locales include: Ravi Veerasawmy -- Abu Dhabi and Dwyer Williams -- Caribbean.

The CHTP exam was recently updated by a committee of industry professionals to ensure that the material covered is current with industry knowledge and practices. Exam questions are routinely evaluated for clarity, validity and timeliness for the benefit of the individual and industry employers at large.

HFTP offers two certifications: Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) and the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE). Both designations require professionals to sit for an initial competency exam and complete continuing education credits for each renewal cycle. Becoming certified indicates that the individual is committed to professionalism, continuing education and the chosen career path.

For more information on HFTP’s certification programs (CHTP and CHAE), please contact Robin Bogdon, HFTP Certification Manager, at Robin.Bogdon@hftp.org.

About HFTP

HFTP, founded in 1952 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA with additional offices in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and Kowloon, Hong Kong, is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs and other hospitality-related businesses. HFTP provides first class educational opportunities, research, and publications to members around the globe including, the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC — founded in 1972. HFTP also awards the only hospitality specific certifications for accounting and technology — the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in the USA as the National Association of Hotel Accountants.

Contact: Eliza R. Selig

Eliza@hftp.org / +1 (512) 220-4026

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