The Oberoi Group is a luxury hotel group with its head office in New Delhi, India.[2] Founded in 1934, the company owns and operates 32 luxury hotels and two river cruise ships in 7 countries, primarily under its Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Trident brands.[3] The group also operates The Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development, which is regarded as one of Asia's top institutions for hospitality education.[4]

The Oberoi Group
Company typePrivate
Founded1934; 90 years ago (1934)
FounderRai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi
HeadquartersNew Delhi, India
Number of locations
32 (2017)
Area served
Key people
  • Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi​ (executive chairman)
  • Vikramjit Singh Oberoi (MD & CEO)
  • Arjun Singh Oberoi (MD Development)
  • Karan Deep Singh Oberoi
ProductsHotels and resorts
OwnerEast India Hotels Limited (32.1%)
Number of employees
13,000 (2017)[1]

History edit

The foundations of the Oberoi Group date back to 1934 when The Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi, the founder of the group, bought two properties: the Maidens in Delhi and the Clarkes in Shimla.[5] In the following years Oberoi, assisted by his two sons, Tilak Raj Singh Oberoi and Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi (P.R.S. Oberoi), continued the expansion of their group with properties both in India and abroad.[6]

November 2008 terrorist attack edit

On 26 November 2008, Trident Mumbai was attacked by 2 terrorists, Fahadullah and Abdul Rehman of Lashkar-e-Taiba organization as a part of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. 32 staff and guests were killed during the three-day siege.[7]

Ownership edit

The lobby at The Oberoi, New Delhi in 2018

The two major holding companies of The Oberoi Group are EIH Ltd and EIH Associated Hotels (formerly East India Hotels).[8] Arjun Singh Oberoi is the current chairman of The Oberoi Group, his brother, Vikramjit Singh Oberoi at the holding companies.

The Oberoi family is the majority shareholder in EIH Ltd with a 32.11% stake.[9] Conglomerate ITC Limited owns approximately a 14.98% stake in EIH Ltd.[10] To ward off pressures from ITC Ltd. whose ownership stands precariously close to the automatic open offer trigger at 15%, the Oberoi family divested a 14.12% stake in EIH Ltd. to Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Investment and Holding Pvt Ltd. The stake sale happened on 30 August 2010 for Rs. 1,021 crores valuing EIH Ltd. at an enterprise value of Rs. 7,200 crores. Recently the stake of Reliance further raised from ITC and it stood at 20% overall for Reliance industries.[11]

Hotels edit

The company currently manages 32 hotels under the luxury brand Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, with a further 10 five-star properties under the Trident Hotels brand. The group also operates the Clarkes Hotel in Shimla and the Maidens Hotel, Delhi. However, these two properties are not held under the Trident or under the Oberoi brand. The Clarkes Hotel, after remaining temporarily shut following its lawns caving in because of construction in the eco-sensitive vicinity, reopened on 16 September 2012.[12]

Recognitions edit

The Oberoi Hotels and Resorts group has been voted the world's best hotel brand by readers of the Travel + Leisure travel magazine. Many of the brand hotels have also received a number of awards.[vague][13][14] Hotels of the Oberoi group have also been ranked amongst the 10 best in the world in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards.[15] The Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambore has been rated the world's best hotel for 2010 by readers of Travel + Leisure.[16] The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur was rated as the world's best hotel in 2015 by Travel + Leisure.[17]

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ "What are The Oberoi Group's three grand pillars of success?". People Matters. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Oberoi Group. Retrieved on 14 November 2012. "Oberoi Hotels & Resorts 7, Sham Nath Marg, Delhi-110 054, India."
  3. ^ "About-us". Oberoi Hotels.
  4. ^ "MS Oberoi: Hotelier Par Excellence". Financial Express. 4 May 2002.
  5. ^ "How Mohan Singh Oberoi Built Hotel Chain Worth Crores From Rs 25 That His Mother Gave Him". IndiaTimes. 8 July 2021. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  6. ^ "About Our Founder". Oberoi Group. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  7. ^ Blakely, Rhys (22 December 2008). "A taste of defiance as massacre hotel opens for high tea". The Times. London. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  8. ^ "EIH limited about".
  9. ^ "Oberoi Trident".
  10. ^ "ITC non-committal on EIH's rights issue".
  11. ^ "Reliance likely to increase stake in Oberoi Group's EIH Ltd".
  12. ^ "Oberoi Mohan Singh".
  13. ^ "Oberoi Hotels & Resorts ranked world's best hotel brand by Travel+ Leisure USA". Economic Times. 12 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Oberoi hotels and resorts awarded world's best hotel brand by Travel + Leisure, USA World's Best Awards, 2022". Mint. 16 July 2022.
  15. ^ "Two Oberoi hotels amongst 10 best in the world". Hindustan Times. 28 October 2009.
  16. ^ Giuffo, John (1 March 2011). "In Pictures: The World's Most Unique Luxury Hotels". Forbes.
  17. ^ "Best hotel in the world named as the Oberoi Udaivilas by Travel + Leisure magazine". 9 July 2015.

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