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Apple Leisure Group CEO Honored with 2014 International Star Diamond Achievement Award

Alejandro Zozaya Recognized by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences for Excellence in Hospitality

PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 11, 2014) — CEO of Apple Leisure Group (ALG), Alejandro Zozaya, was recognized by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) with the 2014 Achievement Award during the organization’s annual International Star Diamond Awards ceremony.

The International Star Diamond Award is the AAHS’ most prestigious recognition program, honoring individuals and companies that represent true excellence in hospitality, gastronomy, quality and service.

Vice President of the AAHS, Ulrich Schwartz, presented Zozaya with the award on Sunday, February 2 during a private event at Zibu Restaurant in Acapulco’s Puerto Marques Bay.

“Being chosen by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences speaks volumes to Alejandro Zozaya’s international reputation for hospitality excellence and tremendous contribution to the industry,” said Schwartz. “Zozaya’s proven track record, leadership and vision at Apple Leisure Group, along with his focus on quality and innovation, have played an invaluable role in redefining the segment.”

“The AAHS sets the standard of excellence for everyone in the travel industry. It is therefore especially rewarding to be recognized by its leadership,” Zozaya said. “This award reaffirms my commitment to excellence and above-and-beyond service across ALG’s six companies, especially in our next growth phase.”

Zozaya’s successful initiatives have garnered considerable recognition amongst industry institutions and publications. Travel Agent magazine named him one of the “100 Rising Stars” in the international tourism industry. Mexican business magazine, Expansión, referred to Zozaya as “The Audacious Hotelier” for the ‘Flu-Free Guarantee’ strategy he implemented to increase international business in Mexico which had significantly declined as a result of the A-H1N1 flu epidemic.

About Apple Leisure Group
Fast-growing Apple Leisure Group holds a unique niche in the U.S. travel industry as not only one of the largest wholesale vacation providers from the U.S. to Latin America and the Caribbean, but also one with a vertically integrated business model.

The group is comprised of Apple Vacations®, the world’s largest tour operator to Mexico and the Dominican Republic; Travel Impressions, an award-winning 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 exceptional 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, an elite recognition and benefits program for discerning travelers who expect the very best in a vacation experience.

To learn more or discuss future development, resort brand management and distribution opportunities with Apple Leisure Group, please contact algdevelopment@applelg.net.

About the International Star Diamond Award
The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) is an establishment of reviewers specializing in the reviewing of hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, automobiles, products, restaurants and chefs. Most notably known for its evaluations of the hotels, resorts, and travel industries, the Academy is acclaimed for its International Star Diamond Award, the most prestigious award of true excellence in hospitality, gastronomy, attitude, quality, cleanliness, and above all, service. For more information, visit www.stardiamondaward.com.