Alex Zozaya, executive chairman of Apple Leisure Group (ALG), will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) on May 12, hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, ALG reports. This award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the hospitality industry over their lifetime through their actions, deeds and accomplishments.
Zozaya has over 30 years of travel industry experience, and as executive chairman of ALG he leads the group’s travel and hospitality companies. Over his tenure at ALG, the company’s AMResorts subsidiary has seen a 300 percent growth in room inventory over the last 10 years alone. Prior to founding AMResorts in 2001, Alex held senior positions at Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts, where he directed all commercial activities for Latin America's largest hotel consortium.
Zozaya’s contributions to international hotel business have garnered other industry accolades, including recognition as “Hotelier of the Year” by Alta Hoteleria, for which he received the Diamante Award. CNN Expansion magazine also ranked Alex among the “100 Most Important and Influential Business people in Mexico”, and in December 2019, the Dominican Republic Hotel and Restaurant Association (ASONAHORES) recognized him with the “Dominican Tourism Champion” award for his commitment to strengthen the nation’s tourism industry.
Zozaya has also held key roles in a number of tourism organizations: in February 2018, he was named vice president of the Mexican National Council of Tourism Companies (CNET), which represents the tourism private sector in the country. In August 2018, Alex joined the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Executive Committee as vice chairman for Latin America and the Caribbean.
In August 29, 2019, after six years as CEO, and 20 participating in the many stages of the company’s trajectory, Alex transitioned into the executive chairman role at ALG, one that sees him continuing to play a strategic role in the company’s expansion, ALG said.