Volume 1 | Issue 1 | 2016
CEO'S MESSAGE

Dear Reader,

With Travel City LLC, Travel Point LLC and Al Araimi Travel & Cargo LLC releasing its first newsletter today, I am proud and humbled to watch the steady and solid progress our company has made over the years. We hope this newsletter will give you all the information you need about the travel world  and trends while also inspiring you to travel more, discover more and see the  world around and beyond you.

Sunil Prabhakar
Chief Executive Officer
Travel Consortium
DESTINATION MALAYSIA
MALAYSIA ON A SHOESTRING.

For this month, we're raving about Malaysia! Take a selfie at the Petronas Towers, explore Langkawi by cable car, discover the Batu caves, learn more at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and see a world of birds at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park!

Discover Malaysia with our affordable packages and don't forget to find a recipe at the end of our first newsletter! 
TRAVEL CONSORTIUM NEWS
TRAVEL POINT LLC APPOINTED US-BANGLA AIRLINES GENERAL SALES AGENT (GSA) IN OMAN

US-Bangla Airlines announced the new appointment of a General Sales Agent for Oman. Travel Point LLC, with more than 30 years of experience in the commercial aviation sector, has been selected as US-Bangla's representative across the Sultanate of Oman.
WE ARE NOW IN QURIYAT AND HORMUZ GRAND HOTEL! 

We are proud to announce the opening of a new branch in Quriyat to cater to a larger population in Oman and add to our list of 43 branches across Oman. We have also newly opened a travel desk at Hormuz Grand Hotel to provide easy access and information to tourists and locals alike about the various offers on car rentals and tours around Oman. 
INDIAN PASSPORT SERVICES NOW AT 8 TRAVEL CITY BRANCHES

We now offer BLS international visa, passport and attestation services at its branches in Sohar, Buraimi, Nizwa, Ibri, Bahla, Samail, Sinaw and Salalah. Contact Travel City LLC for information or walk into our branches to get more information. 
WTM LONDON 2016   BECKONS TRAVEL POINT LLC

Travel Point LLC will be participating in the World Travel Market in London from 7th to 9th November, 2016. Staged annually in London, the World Travel Market London provides a unique opportunity to the travel industry all the world to conduct business and learn about growing trends in the travel and tourism sector. The business to business event garners over 50,000 senior travel industry professionals to ExCel-London to meet and negotiate over business.
NOW YOU CAN FLY, DRIVE AND STAY IN DUQM!

Travel City LLC now offers flight bookings, car rentals and hotel stays for all clients traveling to Duqm. Book with Travel City by calling +968 98082670 or email us at    info@travelcity-oman.com.
TRAVEL POINT LLC AT FCM MEET

Sunil Prabhakar - CEO, Sudeep Joseph - Head of Travel & Stanley Varghese - Key Account Manager attended the 5th Regional FCM Middle East and Africa's annual conference in Cairo. This was attended by senior travel trade professionals and business owners from over 15 countries in the region.

#GreenhouseProject & #Connect 2 Collaborate was about sharing, sharing ideas, sharing values, sharing innovations, challenges, achievements and sharing stories!

These sessions were delivered in a bespoke environment and were tailored to meet the specific objectives of our clients and suit the relevant market; Ms. Jo Lloyd from a strategic consulting service of Nina & Pinta gave an insight on Articulating the value of FCM to your customers.

A day visit to the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx was the highlight of the 3 days conference.
VACATIONS - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
RING IN THE FOOTBALL SEASON WITH VACATIONS

With the football season in full swing, avail our Silver, Gold and Diamond Packages starting from as low as OMR 750 with Vacations, the outbound division of Travel Point LLC. Book with us by calling +968 24661800 or email us at  vacations@travelcity-oman.com . You can enquire through our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages @travelpointoman. 
GROUP DEPARTURES, WINTER HOLIDAYS AND CRUISE VACATIONS ARE HERE FOR YOU!

Vacations, our Outbound Tours Division, is set and raring to go with a host of new packages just for you! We've got group departures to Africa, Egypt, Greece and Turkey for upto 14 nights/15 days. If you're looking for a particularly fantastic group departure, we've got an educational trip to the Kennedy Space Center for 15 days. If you're looking for more travel options, we've got cruise vacations that you can avail by simply booking online with us and if you're looking for something for your kids, we've got trips to Disney Park and Disney Cruises too.

We also offer winter vacation packages to select destinations starting from as low as OMR 80 that include hotel accommodations, tours and transfers. Come and book with us now at +968 24661800 or email us at  vacations@travelcity-oman.com.  
TOUR OMAN - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
LALWANI-WADWHANI WEDDING BRINGS IN THE WEDDING SEASON TO OMAN

Tour Oman, Travel Point LLC's Inbound Tours Division welcomes the Lalwani and Wadhwani wedding from between 6th and 8th November, 2016 at Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa. The families, based in Dubai, UAE, will see the arrival of over 200 guests for the joyous celebrations from Dubai, India and several other parts of the world. Tour Oman will handle all ground handling services and the hospitality desk while Mosaic Events will be handling the events for the wedding. We welcome the first wedding this season with fanfare and best wishes to the couple!   
SECOND EDITION OF TOUR OMAN CYCLING TOUR BEGINS 

Tour Oman is undertaking the 2nd edition of the Oman Cycling Tour. Starting on October 29th, 2016, a team of 12 persons will cycle around Oman with professional guide Roberto Gazzoli. The tour ends on November 6th, 2016 with the route covering Wadi Dayqah, Fins Beach, Wadi Bani Khalid, Wahiba Sands and the turtle beach at Ras Al Jinz. 
ISCA CONFERENCE COMES TO OMAN

Tour Oman is the official ground handler for the International Show Caves Association (ISCA) from November 6th to 12th,  2016. The ISCA Conference, founded in 1990 in Genga, Italy, is held every four years. It primarily deals with understanding and preserving naturally formed caves that are open to the public for tours, adding to the cultural preservation and capital of the cities in which caves are located.
ARABIA CARS - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
ARABIA CARS NOW IN SOHAR AND NIZWA!

Arabia Cars, our rent-a-car services, are now in Nizwa and Sohar. We offer airport transfers, car rentals, chauffeur services, round trips among other services. Earlier this year, we begun offering our services in Salalah, Nizwa and at Muscat International Airport.
INDUSTRY NEWS
EMIRATES COMPLETES US $ 11 MILLION MAKEOVER OF ITS BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE AT DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Emirates has completed a major makeover of its Business Class lounge at Concourse B of Dubai International Airport. The US$11 million refurbishment project took two years to complete and is part of the airline's continuous investment to improve and upgrade its products for a seamless and enjoyable travel experience.  Emirates premium customers can now look forward to an enhanced lounge experience with three new distinct concept areas within the Emirates Business Class Lounge. The latest food and beverage concepts cater to diverse tastes and include a barista experience in partnership with Costa Coffee, a Health hub with Voss water featuring healthier options, and an exclusive Moët & Chandon champagne lounge.  
US-BANGLA AIRLINES TO START OMAN OPERATIONS EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER
11, 2016

US-Bangla Airlines will operate from Muscat effective November 11th, 2016 with flights going to Dhaka and Chittagong upto 4 times a week. The office for US-Bangla Airlines in Muscat is located at Hamriya Square, Ruwi. For bookings, contact +968 99364919 or +968 24830724 or email at  sales@us-banglaairlinesom.com

DAY FLIGHT NO. DEP APT DEP TIME ARR APT ARR APT
Monday BS 322 MCT 03:00 AM DAC 11:20 AM

BS 322 MCT 03:00 AM CGP 09:50 AM
Tuesday BS 321 DAC 08:45 PM MCT 02:00 AM +1

BS 321 CGP 10:15 PM MCT 02:00 AM +1
Wednesday BS 322 MCT 03:00 AM DAC 09:20 AM
Thursday BS 321 DAC 08:45 PM MCT 02:00 AM +1

BS 321 CGP 10:15 PM MCT 02:00 AM +1
Friday BS 322 MCT 03:00 AM DAC 09:20 AM

BS 321 DAC 10:45 PM MCT 02:00 AM +1
Saturday BS 322 MCT 03:00 AM CGP 11:20 AM

BS 322 MCT 03:00 AM CGP 09:50 AM
Sunday BS 321 DAC 10:45 PM MCT 02:00 AM +1
BRITISH AIRWAYS, SRI LANKAN AIRLINES START OPERATING NON-STOP FLIGHTS TO MUSCAT AIRPORT

Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), welcomed the first direct British Airways and SriLankan Airlines flights to Muscat International Airport recently.

The addition of the two new direct flights to the sultanate is a significant step towards OAMC's strategic goal of placing Oman's airports amongst the top 20 airports in the world by 2020, stated a press release.
PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES TO START DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM SALALAH TO LAHORE

Beginning December 1 st , Pakistan International Airlines will commence direct flights from Salalah to Lahore, making travel to Pakistan easier and faster. Flights start from as low as OMR 59. For bookings, call 24792186 or email at mcttopk@piac.aero .

DAY FLIGHT NO. DEP APT DEP TIME ARR APT ARR APT
Sunday PK 235 LHE 12:15 SLL 00:15 +1
Monday PK 236 SLL 01:15 LHE 05:45
Thursday PK 235 LHE 12:30 SLL 15:30

PK 236 SLL 16:30 LHE 21:00
OMAN AIR INCREASES FLIGHTS TO PARIS WITH DAILY SERVICE

Oman Air has announced an increased service on its Muscat-Paris route which will now operate daily, non-stop flights as of October 30th, 2016.  Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of Oman Air, said, " This growing commitment in Paris is part of Oman Air's ambitious and dynamic programme of fleet and network expansion. This has included the delivery of new aircraft and the introduction of a range of exciting new destinations and new products and services which contribute to a seamless passenger experience."
KUWAIT AIRWAYS OFFERS DAILY FLIGHTS WITH FREE BAGGAGE

Kuwait Airways has launched daily flights to India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Along with daily flights, Kuwait Airways now offers 2 bags of up to 23 KGS  when traveling to Muscat until December 2017.
QATAR AIRWAYS OFFERS SPECIAL COMPANION FARES

Customers of Qatar Airways can enjoy an extraordinary travel experience on board the World's Best Business Class by booking by November 7, 2016 for travel from November 15, 2016 to June 15, 2017.

The offer has 50% off on two seats on premium all-inclusive fares along with an offer of double Qmiles for all Privilege Club members. For bookings, contact us at +968 24760800 or email us at  info@travelcity-oman.com.
CHANGE IN UMRAH VISA FEES

Travel City LLC has been authorized by the Ministry of Hajj, Saudi Arabia to process Umrah Visas and attestation of Visit visas for the year 1438.
 
New amendments have been introduced to visa fees in Saudi Arabia, the country's cabinet of ministers had announced. Most notably, the changes will see all visa fees completely waived off - and fully paid for by the Saudi government - for all first-time pilgrims coming for either Hajj or Umra.
 
The newly introduced fee structure includes a single-entry visa that will cost travelers 2,000 Saudi Riyals ($533), applicable to all visitors, except first time pilgrims.
 
A six month multiple-entry visa will now cost 3,000 Saudi Riyals (SR), a one year multiple-entry visa will cost SR5000, while a two year multiple-entry visa will cost SR8000. The Saudi Cabinet has also made it clear that these changes will not impact any bilateral deals already signed by Saudi Arabia and other countries.
FRENCH EMBASSY TO GET VISA APPLICATIONS VIA VFS GLOBAL

The French Embassy in Muscat announced that starting November 8 it will start receiving applications for Schengen visa through VFS Global on its premises at Muscat Grand Mall in Al Khuwair.

The handling charges are  €27 (about  OMR 12) per application in addition to the visa fees. Optional Premium Services are also available at an extra cost for those who wish to avail them.

This new system will allow the Embassy of France in Oman, in collaboration with VFS Global, to continue to cater to the needs of the growing number of visa applicants. At the same time the new system also assures Omani nationals less than 48 hours to process their visa application.
DUQM AIR SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER  1, 2016   UNTIL MARCH  25, 2017

DAY FLIGHT NO. DEP APT DEP TIME ARR APT ARR APT
Sunday WY 935 MCT 7:35 DQM 8:45

WY 936 DQM 9:30 MCT 10:30
Monday WY 935 MCT 12:50 DQM 14:10

WY 936 DQM 14:40 MCT 16:00
Wednesday WY 935 MCT 8:30 DQM 9:40

WY 936 DQM 10:20 MCT 11:30
Thursday WY 935 MCT 12:50 DQM 14:10

WY 936 DQM 15:10 MCT 16:30
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
MALAYSIAN CHICKEN CURRY

Serves 4-6 people | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 30-45 minutes

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 oz (25 g) curry powder for meat
1 1/2 lbs chicken, chopped into pieces
3 cups water
1 big tomato, cut into wedges, optional
2 small potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
4 hard-boiled eggs, optional
1/2 cup coconut milk (or 3/4 cup milk)
Salt to taste

Method:
Add the oil to a big pot and heat it up until hot. Add the onions and stir-fry until aromatic before adding the curry powder. Do a few quick stirs until you smell the aroma, then add the chicken, stir to combine well, for about 1 minute. Add the water into the pot and bring it to boil. Lower the heat and add the tomatoes, potatoes and eggs. Cover the pot and let simmer for about 30-45 minutes, or until chicken becomes tender. Add the coconut milk and salt to taste and simmer for another 5 minutes or so. Dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.
T3 CONNECT
LET'S GET COOKING!

Travel Point hosted its tri-monthly T3 Event named "Let's Get Cooking!" on September 22nd, 2016. Six teams comprising of 3 members each made mocktails and salads in a span of 30 minutes and competed over creativity, taste, neatness and presentation.

The team comprising of Sudeep, Benaifer and Susmith won the salad making competition and the team comprising of Aida, Sabra and Fatima won the mocktail-making competition. Winners won vouchers to Grand Hyatt and Al Bustan Hotel. The consolation prize went to the team of Anisha, Athira and Sumaiya.
HELLO FROM GEORGIA!

Benaifer Sethna, Assistant Manager for Corporate Sales for Travel City LLC, recently visited Georgia. The highlights of her trip included discovering Tblisi, which is covered in beautiful churches and quaint restaurants and eating the traditional kachapuri, a freshly baked bread with meat and vegetables.

Benaifer recommends you walk through the Dry Bridge Flea Market for the artists and eat at Marco Polo, a tavern bar on Rustaveli Avenue when you visit Georgia.
Travel City LLC - Travel Point LLC - Al Araimi Travel & Cargo LLC
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Head Office
1st Floor | Al Safa House | CBD
PO Box 1694, PC 114, Muttrah
Sultanate of Oman
Phone: +968 2476 0800
Vacations - A division of Travel Point
(Outbound)
Phone: +968 2466 1800
Email: vacations@travelcit y-oman.com
Tour Oman - A division of Travel Point
(Inbound)
Phone: +968 2466 1800
Email: info@tour-oman.com 

Arabia Cars - A division of Travel Point
(Rent-a-Car)
Phone: +968 2466 1877
Email: arabiacars@travelcity-oman.com

Al Eman - A division of Travel Point
(Hajj & Umrah)
Phone: +968 2466 1800
Email: aleman@travelcity-oman.com

MediCare - A division of Travel Point
(Medical Tourism)
Phone: +968 2466 1877
Email: arabiacars@travelcity-oman.com

India Representation
(Tour Oman)
New Delhi
Phone: +91 9971 5645 51
Email: india@tour-oman.com

India Representation
(Tour Oman)
Mumbai
Phone: +91 22 2660 3222
Email: india@tour-oman.com
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