Hospitality pioneers in India: Sanjeev Nanda, Biki Oberoi and more

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The hospitality arena in India is full of successful hotel businesses and exemplary success stories. While the hospitality business is widely regarded as a profitable one, survival in the industry is quite difficult if one doesn’t adopt the right vision and strategy. We bring you a list of pioneers in India who not only established iconic hotels, but also took their businesses to greater heights. Read on:

Sanjeev Nanda

A part of the Nanda family that runs the prestigious Claridges Hotels in India, Sanjeev Nanda is one of the most successful hoteliers in the country. Not only he took the family business forward through his out of the box ideas like “Dhaba by Claridges” and “The Claridges Surajkund”, but he also carved out a niche for himself by getting associated with some of the most renowned restaurants across the globe. Sanjeev Nanda is currently based in UAE. While he continues to serve as the CEO of The Claridges, he has also been quite instrumental in the establishment of Taj Dubai and Billionaire Mansion in Dubai.

Prithvi Raj Singh ‘Biki’ Oberoi

Often referred to as one of the most successful hoteliers of all times, Prithviraj Singh “Biki” Oberoi serves as the Executive Chairman of EIH Limited (formerly East India Hotels), the flagship company of India’s The Oberoi Group. For his exceptional contributions towards the Indian hospitality sector, he was awarded with Padma Bhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor, in 2008.

Sahibzada Syed Habib-ur-Rehman

Sahibzada Syed Habib-ur-Rehman is accredited with taking forward the ITC Hotels at an exceptional pace. He led the group towards an era of great success, and consolidated the group’s position as one of the premier hotel chains in India. Apart from leading ITC Hotels, he has also headed several industry associations such as CII, ASSOCHAM, and the tourism committee of FICCI.

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