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Apple Leisure Group CEO Alex Zozaya Named Finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year

Alex Zozaya joins a storied class of business leaders as one of 2018’s finalists for prestigious award

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NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA (April 26, 2018) – Apple Leisure Group® (ALG) CEO Alex Zozaya was recently announced as a finalist for the Ernst & Young 2018 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. Alex was one of 38 finalists for the Greater Philadelphia region, the winner of which will be announced on June 14.

With more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience, Zozaya is highly regarded for his involvement in the international tourism arena. He founded AMResorts® in 2001, and in 2013 assumed the role of CEO of Apple Leisure Group, a vertically integrated travel and hospitality company comprised of six subsidiaries: Apple Vacations®, Travel Impressions®, CheapCaribbean.com®, AMResorts®, Amstar DMC® and Unlimited Vacation Club®. Today, the company sells the most all-inclusive vacations in North America and is the world’s #1 provider of leisure travelers from that region to Mexico and the Caribbean. AMResorts® is considered North America’s fastest-growing luxury leisure resort company, boasting 52 all-inclusive resorts with nearly 20 more properties in the pipeline across Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Committed to bettering the communities where ALG operates, as well as the lives of his employees, Alex is heavily involved in several non-profit organizations globally and promotes an employee culture that drives engagement and social responsibility. Zozaya’s philanthropic support includes organizations such as Amigos de Jesus, an orphanage in Honduras, and Sega Girls, a high school for girls in Tanzania.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award has been identifying top talent for more than 32 years, with past winners including Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation. The award recognizes leaders who have brought successful innovation and technology to traditional industries, who go above and beyond in their commitment to their businesses and communities, and who have a proven track record of success in financial performance.

About Apple Leisure Group

Apple Leisure Group® is a leading hospitality company holding a unique niche in the U.S. travel industry. Its vertically integrated business model and robust infrastructure leverages the expertise of six innovative subsidiaries to deliver exceptional value to savvy travelers and strong resort performance to owners. ALG’s award-winning subsidiaries include: Apple Vacations®, the world’s largest tour operator to Mexico and the Dominican Republic; Travel Impressions®, a prominent U.S. wholesaler possessing an extensive global portfolio; CheapCaribbean.com®, a popular online travel agency specializing in luxury vacation packages and resort accommodations in Mexico and the Caribbean; AMResorts®, provider of marketing and brand management services to six luxury resort brands; Amstar DMC®, a destination management company offering premium airport transfers, tours and excursions; and Unlimited Vacation Club®, AMResorts’ popular guest loyalty program for discerning travelers who expect the very best in a vacation experience. For more information on Apple Leisure Group, visit www.algdevelopment.com.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

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EY’s worldwide Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped many of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early stage, venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/sgm or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

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The term “ALG” and “group” are used in this website for convenience to refer to Apple Leisure Group, or one or more of the group affiliates, which collectively provide sales, marketing and brand management services to resort and hotel brands; hotel & resort membership program; leisure travel and destination management services, and technology solutions to travel agents and suppliers.