Mr Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi
2019 SHTM Lifetime Achievement Award
Chairman of Oberoi Hotels Private Limited, the major shareholder of EIH Limited. Popularly known as “Biki”, Mr Oberoi is the son of the late Rai Bahadur M. S. Oberoi, the founder of The Oberoi Group.
In addition to providing leadership for the management of luxury hotels in several countries, Mr Oberoi has been instrumental in pioneering the development of the new Oberoi hotels and resorts. The “Oberoi” brand has come to represent fine luxury hotels.
Mr Oberoi is credited with placing Oberoi hotels on the international luxury travellers’ map with the opening of several new luxury hotels in important locations, thus redefining architectural and design standards in luxury hospitality. A key aspect of this is the development of hotels that reflect their environment.
It is Mr Oberoi’s firm belief that people are the most valuable asset of any organisation. Recognising the importance of quality in hospitality management, Mr Oberoi established “The Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development” at New Delhi in 1966. Today, this institution is considered amongst the best in Asia.
As a member of the World Wide Fund for Nature, Mr Oberoi is committed to the conservation of the environment.
Above all, Mr Oberoi is aware of the need to constantly promote quality in every segment of the hospitality industry. Under his leadership, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts have received numerous international awards.
Throughout his career, Mr Oberoi has been bestowed many honours and awards from countries across the globe such as Germany, France, and Morocco where His Majesty King Mohammed VI personally awarded the Grand Officer of the Alalaoui Wissam, the second highest award in Morocco. On top of his many other awards and accolades, Mr Oberoi was honoured with the first Hall of Fame Award at the Hotel Investment Forum India. He was also bestowed the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour in India, in recognition of his exceptional service to the country.