Legacy of Luxury: Remembering P.R.S. Oberoi in the World of Hospitality
The hospitality industry mourns the loss of one of its brightest stars.
The name Oberoi is synonymous with excellence in the hospitality sector, particularly in Southeast Asia—a renowned brand celebrated for its opulence and remarkable guest experiences. Today, we commemorate the departure of a luminary who played a crucial role in molding the trajectory of a luxury brand. Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi, an iconic figure in the realm of hospitality leadership, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
In 2008, the Indian government honored Oberoi with the Padma Vibushan, the country's second-highest civilian award, acknowledging his outstanding contributions to the nation. Following the demise of his father and the founding chairman of The Oberoi group, Mohan Singh Oberoi, in 2002, Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi assumed the role of chairman at EIH Limited and served as the CEO until 2013.
Oberoi received his education at St. Paul's School in Darjeeling, India, and pursued further studies in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. He also served as a director of Jet Airways (India) Limited from March 29, 2004. Graduating in hotel management from Lausanne, Switzerland, he was honored as the "Corporate Hotelier of the World" by Hotels magazine in 2010.
His legacy lives on through his son, Vikram Oberoi, who is currently the CEO and managing director of EIH, along with two daughters. In June 2022, the International Hospitality Institute recognized Oberoi as one of the 100 most influential figures in global hospitality.
P.R.S. Oberoi's education spanned across India, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. Apart from guiding the management of luxury hotels worldwide, he played a key role in pioneering the growth of Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, elevating the brand to symbolize unparalleled luxury in the hospitality industry.
Credited with placing Oberoi hotels prominently on the international luxury travel map, P.R.S. Oberoi opened several lavish hotels in significant cities. Today, the hospitality industry mourns the loss of one of its brightest stars.