Mr. Deepak Ohri is the Chief Executive Officer of lebua Hotels and Resorts, an international luxury hospitality company. With a collection of 5-Star hotels and fine restaurants in Thailand, New Zealand and India, Mr. Ohri is now focusing on expanding the lebua brand globally.
Joining the organization as its first employee, Mr. Ohri created Bangkok’s best culinary destination – The Dome at lebua in 2004. The Dome houses a collection of stunningly beautiful restaurants & Bars such as Sirocco, Mezzaluna, Breeze, Distil and Sky Bar which are of international culinary acclaim and have won countless awards.
After the success of The Dome, Mr. Ohri rechristened the Meritus hotel as lebua, an all-suite luxury hotel in 2006. Then, he launched lebua Hotels and Resorts as a luxury hotel chain that includes exclusive properties in Thailand, an ultra-luxury lodge in New Zealand and India. He launched a new level of luxury hotel, Tower Club at lebua in 2008. The suites are located on the top floors (51st to 59th) featuring exclusive privileges; such as complimentary soft drinks and high speed Internet, Acca Kappa amenities as well as access to Tower Club Lounge.
With Mr Ohri’s leadership, lebua & The Dome have won over 60 world awards including Wolrd’s Leading All-Suite Hotel Award by World Travel Award, Signautre Luxury Hotel’s Award by The Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA), Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Thailand by TripAdvisor, Overall Best Hotel in Asia by CNBC and Business Asia and Restaurant of the Year by The Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2011-2013.
Drawing on a career that includes operational and executive roles with companies such as Kempinski and Taj Hotels, Mr. Ohri has many years of experience in the international hospitality industry and brings an entrepreneur’s innovative spirit to his role as CEO. His professionalism has repeatedly earned him recognition as one of the leaders in the hospitality industry. Mr. Ohri’s ongoing admiration has led him to be honored with many industry awards from prestigious organizations worldwide.
2019: Asia’s Greatest Brands & Leaders 2018 – Global Asian of the Year 2018
2018: Brand Vision Award 2018 - The Extraordinaire Award
2013: The Stars of the Industry Group 2013 – THOUGHT LEADERS AWARD for Innovation in Hospitality
2012: "THE ACHIEVERS AND LEADERS AWARD" from the Indira Group of Institutes, India endorsed by CMO Asia & Asian Confederation of Business.
2011–2013: "THE BEST IN ASIA: ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD" from the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards, Singapore.
2008-2010: "MOST ENTERPRISING ENTREPRENEUR AWARD" from the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards, Malaysia.
2007: "ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD" from Art of Travel: The Ultimate Luxury Travel Book, Netherlands
Drawing on a career that includes operational and executive roles with companies such as Kempinski and Taj Hotels, Mr. Ohri has a depth of experience in the international hospitality industry. He also brings an entrepreneur’s innovative spirit to his role as CEO. He has been recognized for his innovation as recipient of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Art of Travel and the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards’ “Most Enterprising Entrepreneur” award for 2008-2010. Mr. Ohri continues to be an admired figure in the hospitality industry and was honored as “The Best in Asia: HAPA Hospitality Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2011-2013 from the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards.
Speaker, Lecturer and Writer
A celebrated speaker on luxury and strategy, Mr. Ohri was invited to participate in the prestigious Forbes Global CEO conference both in 2008 and 2009. He has been a guest speaker in many events including the 2008 Cityscape Asia Conference in Singapore, the Worldwide TRI*M Conference organized by TNS in New York (2009), and The Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in Los Angleles (2010). In 2011, Mr Ohri was a speaker at The Ecomony Hotels World Asia conference in Singapore, Real Estate Funds and Emerging Markets Conference (REFEM) in New York, the WTTC 9th Global Travel and Tourism Summit in Brazil and Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in Switzerland. Thus far in 2012, Mr. Ohri was a speaker at the World Travel and Tourism Council in Japan and Macau Tourism Forum in China.
A recognized expert in hospitality, Mr. Ohri has lectured at leading management schools including the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) & ISB Hyderabad, INSEAD and Harvard Business School. He is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council and serves on an advisory board of Singapore’s Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management.
Finally, Mr. Ohri is a columnist on Luxury and Travel for the Financial Express Newspaper in India. His weekly column is entitled, DEELUXE. All articles are posted on his blog.
About lebua Hotels & Resorts
A luxury hotel chain with properties in Bangkok, New Zealand and India , lebua Hotels & Resorts is internationally acclaimed for its innovative business strategies and use of cutting edge research and technology. Rated within the top 1% of companies in the world in terms of Customer Satisfaction by TNS research1 (TRI*M Index), lebua's business management strategies have been the active point of discussion in several top business schools including Harvard, Kellogg, INSEAD, NYU, Columbia and IIMs. Currently, it is being considered as a case study for the Harvard Business School.
Right from its beginning, lebua has shaped the luxury accommodation and dining scene in Bangkok. With its restaurants rated among the world’s best, lebua has broadened its horizons with plans to expand into Europe and the Caribbean with a luxury period property just outside of Paris and an all-suite luxury boutique property in Saint Martin as well as hotels in India.
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