Volume 2  | Issue 3 | 2017
CEO'S MESSAGE

Dear Reader,

With the summer months rolling in, everyone's looking for a warm, relaxing vacation. With promising offers to the most incredible locations, we have been working tirelessly to create the perfect packages and plans that will allow you to have the best trip or vacation of your lifetime. Our summer sale launches today, offering you upto 30% discount on air tickets, incredibly affordable packages to over 200 international destinations and free insurance with your packages!

Take some time out to dream and walk into our offices because we have the vacation of your dreams waiting for you! 

Sunil Prabhakar
Chief Executive Officer
Travel Consortium
DESTINATION SRI LANKA
AYUBOWAN!

With its warm, sunny coasts and cities steeped in tradition and culture, Sri Lanka is perfect for a first time traveler or an experienced tourist. The country oozes charm, adventure opportunities and impeccable beauty that is hard to compare to anywhere else in the world. No matter what you do, a trip to Sri Lanka is a must everyone's travel list!    
TRAVEL CONSORTIUM NEWS
TRAVEL CITY LLC WINS GOLD AWARD FROM OMAN AIR

Travel City LLC recently won the Gold Award for being the top selling agent in Oman in 2016 from the country's national carrier Oman Air. Commenting upon this success, Travel Manager Sudeep Joseph said, "Travel City LLC is proud to have retained the Gold Award since 2014." Sunil Prabhakar, CEO of the Travel Consortium said, "In these difficult times, we are humbled to serve the national carrier well. We are deeply grateful for the continued loyalty and support of our faithful clients and we only hope to serve them better and celebrate special, precious moments like this more often."  
TRAVEL POINT LLC TO PARTICIPATE IN ITB BERLIN TO BEGIN ON 8TH MARCH 2017

Travel Point LLC will participate in ITB Berlin, the world's biggest travel trade show, is set to take off on 8th  March 2017 until 12th  March 2017. It brings together tour operators, online booking portals and hotels, and many other service providers from over 180 countries to present and showcase their products and services.  ITB Berlin is where  top decision-makers, experts, buyers and young professionals from every area of the touristic value-added chain meet to get information about important topics and the latest trends, establish business contacts and close global deals.  Experience & Experts is the core of the ITB Berlin brand and it promises every participant an enriching experience - encounters with people from all over the world, and valuable first-hand knowledge through personal interactions with international professionals

Meet us at the Sultanate of Oman's Ministry of Tourism stall.
US-BANGLA AIRLINES NOW FLIES TO KUALA LUMPUR  

Starting 1st March 2017, US-Bangla Airlines will start flights going 5 times a week from from Dhaka to Kuala Lumpur. Flights go from Dhaka daily except on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and return flightd from Kuala Lumpur are scheduled at 3 am on all days except Saturday and Sunday. The airline, which is expanding its international flights rapidly, has started operations between Dhaka and Malaysia to offer affordable rates and excellent services to the best locations around the world.

For reservations, contactthe US-Bangla office in Hamriya Square, Ruwi at +968 24830724 or +968 99364919 or email at sales@us-banglaairlinesom.com.
KLM SPONSORS TWO OF MUSCAT'S BIGGEST COMMUNITY EVENTS  

Air France-KLM is the official airline sponsor of Muscat's two big community events happening this March.  The Canadian Community will be hosting their annual Canadian Stampede on 3rd  March whilst the Dutch Community will be hosting their annual Dutch Night on 10th  March in Ras Al Hamra Club. Sponsorship involves transport of local food items from the Netherlands via cargo, flight arrangements for the band members playing for the Dutch Night and will be giving away a pair of tickets to each event as a raffle draw. 
PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PIA) FLIES FROM SALALAH TO ISLAMABAD 

After successfully launching its direct flight service going twice a week from Salalah to Lahore on 1st December 2016, Pakistan International Airlines is also flying from Salalah to Islamabad on Thursdays.

For reservations, contact the PIA office in CBD at 24792471 or email at mcttopk@piac.aero  
VACATIONS - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
VACATIONS LAUNCHES THE BIGGEST SUMMER SALE OF 2017

Vacations is here to give you the best holiday deals! Running from 1st March 2017 - 1st May 2017, we bring you the best deals on packages to over 200 destinations covering North America, South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Australia! Book your vacations with us and get upto 30% off on air tickets, free gifts with every package you buy and free travel insurance! To book your holidays with this exciting offer, contact the Vacations team at 24661800 or email us at vacations@atctcp.com    
SHANGRI-LA PARIS OFFERS 3RD NIGHT FREE

Travel to Paris for two nights and get the third free! Shangri-La Paris offers you the opportunity to get a 3rd night free when you book for two nights, with offer validity till 30th April 2017. Contact Vacations at 24661800 or email us at vacations@atctp.com for further enquiries and booking your vacation.  
DISNEYLAND PARIS BRINGS SPECIAL OFFERS  

Disneyland Paris offers  you unbeatable deals! Book by 28th March 2017 for travel between 29th March 2017 - 31st October 2017 and get upto 30% off on half board, accommodation in a Disney Hotel, free breakfast in the park, free lunch or dinner in select restaurants, tickets for both Disney Parks, a free fast pass for every member of your family and upto 2 hours extra in the park before opening hours!     
YAS ISLAND INTRODUCES WATER TAXIS  

Yas Island in Abu Dhabi now offers water taxis to and from the island for better accessibility and connectivity to the various attractions and locations on Yas Island. Avail this facility with your bookings to Abu Dhabi.     
VACATIONS OFFERS YOUTH VACATIONS  

Vacations now offers youth vacations! A new addition to the kitty of extensive packages we offer, Vacations introduces  backpacking vacations, hiking vacations, adventure vacations and inter group vacations across countries for the bold and young -hearted. Meet other travelling groups, exchange cultures, scale great heights and share a hearty meal with those just like you on the other side of the world! Have the unique opportunity of sharing stories, making life-long friends and having memories you'll return to time and again! Contact 24661800 or email us at vacations@atctp.com for more information. 
AL EMAN - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
BOOK YOUR UMRAH NOW!

Al Eman brings you exclusive Umrah offers from February to May, with packages starting from as low as OMR 170 for a 7 nights and 8 days package and OMR 235 for a 9 nights and 10 days package. The validity and travel dates of package are dependent upon choice of package. Call 24661800, 93892655 or 98092470 or email us at aleman@atctcp.com for bookings and queries. 
ARABIA CARS - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
NEED A RENT-A-CAR?

Our rent-a-car services are available in Muscat, Salalah and Nizwa. Call us at +968 24661877 or email us at arabiacars@travelcity-oman.com to book a car now! 
MEDICARE - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
Medicare Tourism, the medical division of Travel Point LLC, caters to all your medical needs. Contact us at +968 99232577 or email us at medicare@atctp.com   
HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? DISCOVER OMAN!
AL-DIMANIYAT ISLANDS

Al-Dimaniyat Islands Nature Reserve is located in Wilayat Al Seeb in the  Muscat Governorate  and Wilayat Barka in  Al Batinah South Governorate , and lies about 18 kilometres off the coast of Barka (70 kilometres west of Muscat, the capital).

 is 100 hectares (247 acres) and is composed of nine islands. The reserve features pristine beaches on which the white sands are caressed by the sea's crystal blue waters. This reserve has a rich natural heritage and is replete with several kinds of coral reefs, including some examples that are quite rare. The island is home to a large number of sea turtles that lay their eggs and nest there, as well as a magnet for migratory and indigenous birds. These islands contain more than 22 known diving sites, in addition to being perfect for snorkelling. Also, some people like to camp in the islands, especially in the period from October to February.
INDUSTRY NEWS
OMAN AIR FLIES TO GUANGZHOU

Oman Air now flies to Guangzhou, the capital of China's wealthiest province, 7 times a week, starting 2nd March 2017. For bookings, contact Oman Air at +968 24531111, contact your local travel agent or get in touch through www.omanair.com.
OMAN AIR FLIES TO NAIROBI

Known as the safari capital of Africa, Nairobi is an energetic, modern city that serves as a fascinating introduction to both wildlife and nightlife. Music clubs pulse with life, shops and markets bustle, and a mélange of restaurants will tempt your palate in this former Masai watering hole.

Starting 27th March, 2017, Oman Air will fly to Nairobi with fares starting from just OMR 91. They will fly 4 times a week, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For bookings, contact Oman Air at +968 24531111, contact your local travel agent or get in touch through www.omanair.com.
TURKISH AIRLINES REACHES MILLIONS WITH ITS NEW COMMERCIAL STARRING OSCAR-WINNER MORGAN FREEMAN 

Turkish Airlines debuted its new commercial starring Oscar winner Morgan Freeman.  The commercial was first aired during the most-watched show in U.S. TV history, Super Bowl, the final game of the National Football Team (NFL) on February 5th.
 
After meeting the audience with a fantastic ad campaign "Batman v Superman" in last year's game at Super Bowl 50, which had an estimated audience of over 800 million people worldwide, Turkish Airlines once again made a debut with a new commercial starring Morgan Freeman at this year's game.

The commercial film is directed by the famous director Matthias Zentner, who has also directed commercials for many global brands. Shot in Los Angeles in a period of 10 hours with a crew of 101 people, the commercial will be meeting the audience on 16 TV channels, and the most prestigious media outlets around four continents.

The ad campaign with Morgan Freeman will be broadcasted in every destination Turkish Airlines fly to worldwide. The campaign can be followed on the YouTube channel link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_gv6fRejLM 

During Super Bowl, Turkish Airlines also had a real-time Twitter game with the hashtag #itstime,offering 20 free business class flight tickets that can be used on all destinations that Turkish Airlines flies to.
EMIRATES TO UNVEIL ENHANCED A380 ONBOARD LOUNGE AT ITB BERLIN

Emirates will launch a series of new cabin products and enhancements in 2017 for both its A380 and Boeing 777 fleet. The multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme includes an enhanced Onboard Lounge for its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft. The new Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge will make its first public appearance at the Emirates Infinite Possibilities stand during ITB Berlin, one of the world's largest tourism trade fairs. It is currently being installed onto one of Emirates' brand new A380 aircraft at Airbus' facilities, and will make its operational debut in July 2017.
EMIRATES FLIES TO CAMBODIA

Emirates will now fly to Phnom Penh in Cambodia from 1st July 2017 with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two class configuration.
 
Outbound flight EK388 will depart Dubai at 09.15 am and will arrive in Yangon at 5.25 pm. It will then depart Yangon at 6.55 pm, before arriving at Phnom Penh at 9.25 pm.

All services between Dubai and Phnom Penh will offer two classes of travel - Business and Economy. Passengers on Emirates flights can also look forward to the award-winning inflight entertainment, ice, with more than 2,500 channels and free Wi-Fi, which is available on select Emirates aircraft.
GULF AIR TO START SERVICE TO TBILISI 

Gulf Air has announced their flight service to Tbilisi starting from 22nd June 2017. Contact Gulf Air Oman at 24763535 or 24775000 or get in touch with your preferred travel agent for bookings and further details. 
GULF AIR GIVES BEST FARES

Gulf Air now offers travelers traveling to Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Trivandrum exclusive rates starting from as low as OMR 46 for one way tickets and OMR 79 for a round trip ticket until 31st May 2017. Contact Gulf Air Oman at 24763535 or 24775000 or get in touch with your preferred travel agent.
AIR INDIA EXPRESS OFFERS EXCESS BAGGAGE PRE-BOOKING 

Air India Express is offering all its customers flying from the Gulf to India excess baggage pre booking until 25th March 2017 with 10 kg for OMR 11 and 5 kg for OMR 5.5. Contact your preferred travel agent for more details. 
QATAR AIRWAYS ISSUES NOTICE TO ALL BANGLADESHI PASSPORT HOLDERS

All Bangladeshi nationals who are traveling to DAC (Dhaka), ZYL (Sylhet) and CGP (Chittagong) with an expired passport, will no longer be eligible to fly on Qatar Airways.

Nationals of Bangladesh, travelling back to Bangladesh must hold a valid passport/travel document issued by the Bangladesh High Commission or Embassy of Bangladesh.  All Bangladeshi nationals intending to travel to Bangladesh with an expired passport will either have to extend their passport validity or Issue a temporary travel document (out pass) from the nearest Bangladesh Embassy.
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SARA SAYS HELLO FROM EGYPT!

TourOman's Sara Chortani - Officer, Europe Market recently traveled to Cairo. During her visit, she saw the Great Pyramids of Giza, Khan Al Khalili, a major souq and the Nile River. She mentioned that history lovers would particularly love Egypt.

She recommends El Dar Darek for authentic and delicious Egyptian food along with a Nile cruise and a hotel with a view of the Pyramids to seal the deal on a perfect vacation to Egypt. Sara, in conclusion, said, "Cairo is perfect for a leisure or a culture trip. The city is diverse and exciting, never leaving your bored, and will always have something new to offer and do everyday."  
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
SRI LANKAN KOTTU

Prep Time: 30 min |  Cook Time: 1 hour 15 min

Ingredients (for Curry Sauce):
1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 6 thighs)
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons Sri Lankan roasted curry powder
3 ½ teaspoons Sri Lankan chile powder (or other medium-hot chile powder)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced ginger
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tablespoon minced pandan leaves (or to taste)
4 curry leaves (or to taste)
2 green cardamom pods
1 2-inch stick cinnamon
1 small hot green chile, sliced
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
5 ounces diced tomato
1 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Salt, to taste

Ingredients (for Kottu Roti):
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons finely minced ginger
1 tablespoon chopped pandan leaves
10 curry leaves
5 scallions, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup julienne carrots (about 1/4 pound)
1 medium red onion, diced
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Salt, to taste
1 pound Sri Lankan roti, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (or other flaky flatbread, like Indian paratha)
2 chicken thighs, curry, chopped
¾ cup sauce from chicken curry

Method (for Curry Sauce):
(1)  In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, 1 tablespoon curry powder and 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder. Marinate 30 minutes to overnight.
(2) Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the ginger, and sizzle about 20 seconds. Add garlic, pandan leaves, curry leaves, cardamom and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, until the ginger and garlic are golden brown. Add chile, onion and a generous pinch of salt. Stir until the onion is softened and translucent, 3 minutes. Add remaining curry and chilly powders, and cook, until darkened and aromatic. Stir in tomato.
(3) Add chicken, coconut milk and enough water to cover, about 1 cup. Bring to a boil, and add the vinegar and salt to taste (you may not need it). Simmer, partly covered, for 35 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked through. Reserve for kottu roti. Leftover curry may be frozen.

Method (for Kottu Roti):
(1) Heat a large, well-seasoned cast-iron pan or wok over high heat with 2 tablespoons of oil. When the oil just starts to smoke, add the eggs, and scramble them until cooked dry. Transfer to a bowl, and wipe the pan clean. (Alternatively, you can scramble them in a nonstick pan.)
(2) Return the pan to medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons of oil and ginger. When it is aromatic, add pandan and curry leaves, and cook, stirring, until the ginger is light golden, 20 seconds. Add scallions and carrots. Stir for 1 minute, then add onion. Cook, stirring, until onion has only a little snap, about 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce and salt to taste, and remove to a bowl. Wipe the pan out.
(3) Return pan to medium heat, and add the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil. (If the flatbread you are using is very oily, use less oil in the pan.) When it's shimmering hot, add roti, and stir until it feels dry and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, cooked vegetables and eggs. Add the curry sauce, and continue to stir until hot all the way through. Taste, add more salt or soy sauce if necessary and serve.
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Tour Oman - A division of Travel Point
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Arabia Cars - A division of Travel Point
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Al Eman - A division of Travel Point
(Hajj & Umrah)
Phone: +968 2466 1800
Email: aleman@atctp.com

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

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

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Mumbai
Phone: +91 22 2660 3222
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