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The Oberoi Group appoints Ms. Samantha Steckbeck as Vice President – Leisure Sales, The Americas, December 2009

2nd December 2009, New Delhi, India: The Oberoi Group has announced the appointment of Ms. Samantha Steckbeck as Vice President - Leisure Sales, The Americas. Effective 1st December 2009, Ms. Steckbeck is in charge of The Group's relationship with industry trade partners including tour operators and travel consortiums such as Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network and American Express Travel.

Ms. Steckbeck is responsible to Mr. Alistair Ballantine, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing - The Americas. Ms. Steckbeck's immediate focus is to develop and implement a comprehensive leisure sales strategy that encompasses the luxury 'Oberoi' hotels, resorts and cruisers in India, Egypt, Mauritius and Indonesia. She is based at The Group's office in New York.

Ms. Steckbeck's experience in the travel industry spans more than fifteen years. She joins The Oberoi Group from her position as Director of Sales - Retail Accounts, North America, Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises. In this position, Ms. Steckbeck managed all corporate sales relationships with travel networks such as AMEX Centurion, AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts, Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network and Andrew Harper Alliance. She also assisted in creating the company's travel agent loyalty programme, "The Bellini Club" in 2006, doubling the business from these agencies. Prior to joining Orient-Express Hotels in 2003, Ms. Steckbeck had been the Manager of Worldwide Sales - Corporate and Travel Industry for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she achieved forty percentage above target in developing new business for existing and developing hotels.

Mr. Alistair Ballantine said, "I have had the privilege of working with Samantha for a number of years, and we are thrilled to have her join The Group. Her exceptional relationships, professionalism and experience in the luxury sector are an excellent match for Oberoi Hotels & Resorts."

"I am truly excited to represent this extraordinary elegant and diversified collection of impressive hotels," said Ms. Steckbeck.

Further notes to the Editor:
About The Oberoi Group
The Oberoi Group, founded in 1934, owns and manages twenty-seven hotels and three cruisers in India, Indonesia, Mauritius, Egypt and Saudi Arabia under the luxury 'Oberoi' and five-star 'Trident' brands. The Group is also engaged in flight catering, managing airport restaurants, travel and tour services, car rentals, project management and corporate air charters. |

About Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts is the award winning proprietor and operator of some of the world's finest hotels, resorts and cruisers. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has come to be synonymous the world over with providing the right blend of service, luxury and quiet efficiency. Internationally recognised for all-round excellence and unparalleled levels of service, Oberoi hotels and resorts have the distinction of receiving innumerable awards and accolades.

Presently, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts operates sixteen luxury hotels and resorts in India, Mauritius, Indonesia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It also manages two cruisers on the Nile in Egypt and one cruiser on the backwaters in Kerala, India.

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