Miami, Florida, USA – Alex Zozaya, Executive Chairman of Apple Leisure Group (ALG), will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) on May 12, 2020, hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. This prominent award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the hospitality industry over their lifetime through their actions, deeds, and great accomplishments.
As Executive Chairman of ALG, Zozaya leverages over 30 years of industry insight optimizing global synergies among the Group’s leading travel and hospitality companies. Over his tenure at ALG, Zozaya’s focus on fine tuning every aspect of the travel experience–from the moment a guest books a trip to the time they return home has led to exponential growth for ALG’s AMResorts company, with recent reports showing a 300% 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 outstanding contributions to international hotel business have garnered numerous industry accolades, including recognition as “Hotelier of the Year” by Alta Hoteleria, for which he received the distinguished Diamante Award. CNN Expansion magazine also ranked Alex among the “100 Most Important and Influential Businesspeople in Mexico”, and in December 2019, the Dominican Republic Hotel and Restaurant Association (ASONAHORES for its acronym in Spanish) recognized him with the “Dominican Tourism Champion” award for his unwavering commitment to strengthen the tourism industry of this nation.
Thanks to his unmatched understanding of the tourism industry, Alex has held key roles on diverse tourism organisms: in February 2018, he was named Vice President of the Mexican National Council of Tourism Companies (CNET for its acronym in Spanish), main organism representing 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, a role that sees him continuing to play a strategic role in the company’s expansion.
“Alex Zozaya is synonymous with the growth of the travel-and-tourism industry throughout the Caribbean,” noted Jeff Higley, President, The BHN Group. “His 30-plus years of experience and insight into the Caribbean market and the psychographics of consumers have delivered millions of visitors to the region, which translates into billions of dollars in revenue. Alex’s involvement with hotel industry organizations in the Caribbean and around the world make him a perfect choice for the CHRIS Lifetime Achievement Award,” Higley added.
CHRIS will be held in Hollywood, Florida on May 11-12, 2020, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. For more information about the conference, please visit www.CHRISconference.com.
About Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS)
Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) is the Caribbean’s most important hotel and tourism investment conference. The conference immediately precedes a second important event, the Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference. The back-to-back nature of the two events provides a venue for the hotel investment community that is interested not only in the Caribbean, but also in Latin America, to conduct their business while in Miami. CHRIS and HOLA are produced by Northstar Travel Group in association with The BHN Group.
About The BHN Group
The BHN Group is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With over three decades of experience, more than 160 events completed to-date, and in excess of 110,000 international delegates, these conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends.
The current slate of events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London; and HICAP Australia New Zealand (HICAP ANZ) in Sydney.
The BHN Group’s website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the annual conferences it produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.
About Northstar Travel Group
Northstar Travel Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the travel industry including leisure/retail, corporate/business travel, corporate and sports meetings, incentives, hospitality, and travel technology.
Northstar is the owner of leading brands serving these travel segments. The company produces more than 100 face-to-face events in 13 countries in retail travel, hospitality, corporate travel, travel technology, sports travel, and the meetings & incentive industry. In addition, Northstar owns Phocuswright, the leading research, and event producer serving the travel technology industry. Northstar Travel Group owns The BHN Group, the leading producer of hotel investment conferences.
Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia, the leading SaaS e-commerce software business serving the mountain destination, golf, activities, and hospitality markets.
Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company has 14 offices in the U.S., UK, Singapore, and China.
Northstar Travel Group is owned by funds managed by EagleTree Capital.
About Apple Leisure Group
Apple Leisure Group® (ALG) is the leading North American travel, hospitality and leisure management group 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 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®, BeachBound®, 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.