SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - December 4, 2019. The Third Asonahores Tourism Investment Forum took place on December 2 at the Real Intercontinental Hotel in Santo Domingo, with an agenda focused on “Overview of the Dominican Tourism Industry: Challenges and Opportunities”. At the event, the president and vice president of the entity, Paola Rainieri de Díaz and Andrés Marranzini, respectively, recognized key representatives of the island’s tourism industry. Alex Zozaya received the highest award, “Dominican Tourism Champion”, for his unwavering support to strengthen the nation’s travel sector.
“The Dominican Republic has long been one of the great global destinations, and for many years has played a key part of Apple Leisure Group’s growth strategy,” said Zozaya. “Throughout my career I’ve witnessed the country’s tourism scene change, evolve and grow, which makes this honor all the more personal and fulfilling. I look forward to continue collaborating with Asonahores, and contribute to the ongoing strengthening of this unique destination.”
Zozaya currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Apple Leisure Group and boasts an extensive professional trajectory with a thorough understanding of the tourism industry, result of three decades serving in diverse roles, always with enthusiasm, dedication and innovative vision. These qualities enabled him to establish the only vertically integrated group in North America. ALG’s various companies and leading brands offer a competitive advantage that position the group among the largest providers of charter flights, and main generators of North American travelers to Mexico and the Caribbean.
Alex Zozaya has made valuable contributions to the international hospitality industry, which have made him worthy of significant awards relevant to the sector, the main ones being: “Hotelier of the Year”, granted by the prestigious magazine Alta Hotelería that recognized him with the 'Diamond Award' in Mexico. On the other hand, the ranking of CNN Expansión placed him among "The 100 most important and influential businessmen in Mexico." In February 2018 he was appointed Vice President of the National Council of Tourism Companies of Mexico [known in Spanish as Consejo Nacional de Empresas Turísticas de México (CNET)], and in August 2018 he joined the Executive Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council as Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean. In August 2019, he assumed the position of Executive President of the Apple Leisure Group, where he plays a strategic role in the growth of the company.
About Apple Leisure Group
Apple Leisure Group® (ALG) is the leading North American travel, hospitality and leisure management group with the only vertically-integrated business model, serving travelers and destinations worldwide. ALG consistently delivers exceptional value to travelers and strong performance to resort owners and partners by strategically leveraging the power of its portfolio of subsidiary companies and their brands including: the largest seller of vacation packages and charter flights in the U.S. for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean, moving approximately 3.2 million passengers annually through the well-established vacation brands Apple Vacations®, Funway Holidays®, Travel Impressions®, CheapCaribbean.com®, Blue Sky Tours®, Southwest Vacations®, Funjet Vacations®, and United Vacations®; brand management of 5-star and 4-star luxury resorts through AMResorts® award-winning brand portfolio including Zoëtry® Wellness & Spas Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Now Resorts & Spas®, Reflect Resorts & Spas®, Sunscape® Resorts & Spas and Alua® Hotels & Resorts; best-in-class destination management services provided by Amstar DMC and Worldstar®, the exclusive loyalty program Unlimited Vacation Club®; and the innovative technology solutions provider Trisept Solutions®, connecting over 88,000 travel agents with leading travel suppliers. To learn more about the Apple Leisure Group advantage, visit appleleisuregroup.com.