City & State NY: Fifty Over Fifty

January 30, 2023


Vijay Dandapani

President and CEO

Hotel Association of New York City


Vijay Dandapani, a high-profile spokesperson for the hospitality business at industry conferences and in the media, co-founded Apple Core Hotels in 1993, and owner-operator of boutique hotels in New York City. In 2017, Dandapani was appointed president and CEO of the Hotel Association of New York City, a venerable trade organization that represents almost 300 hotels. He was also tapped to sit on committees to guide tourism through reopening after the pandemic for the state and New York City. Dandapani’s secret to success is simple. “Unrelenting persistence,” he says.