Volume 2  | Issue 6 | 2017
CEO'S MESSAGE

Dear Reader,

The crescent moon has been sighted. During this Holy Month of worship, may Allah grant all our Muslim brethren the strength to fast and offer sincere prayers. On behalf of the company, I wish you all a wonderful and holy Ramadan!

Travel Point has initiated a Ramadan Campaign to donate to the less fortunate in certain parts of Africa. I request you to partake and join us in this worthy cause. We will also be donating Iftar boxes to the interiors of Oman, during the season. I'd like to thank the team for this noble thought!

During the past month, we've also heard of terror attacks and war around the world. We at Travel Point, pray for all those families that have lost their loved ones and hope in solidarity for peace in the world. 

Good News is here! Travel Point is proud to be appointed as the Franchisee Partner for SixT Rent-a-Car in Oman. Our car rental division ArabiaCars will now function as SixT Oman. Hats off to the team! We are also happy to announce our partnership with SHIN Tours LLC, to work towards encashing the swiftly rising momentum of tourism opportunities in the Iran Market. 

I would like to make a special mention of the efforts put in by our IT Team in keeping the organisation running like a finely tuned engine, with the constant threat of Virus, Spam and Ransomware during the month. Their commendable task is sometimes, one that goes unnoticed. Kudos to you, IT Team! 

I also take this opportunity to welcome aboard, Mr. Samir Gandhi as Head - Travel Point. With his experience in the travel and hospitality industry, we look forward to taking great strides in achieving the company's vision.

Stay hydrated to beat the summer heat and I wish everyone safe travels this holiday season!

Sunil Prabhakar
Chief Executive Officer
Travel Consortium
DESTINATION BALI
IT'S MORE THAN A PLACE, IT'S A MOOD.

Bali is an island in Indonesia, known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. They have a diverse and rich culture and a medieval architecture that reflects the history of the country. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats. Don't miss the Balinese Food, that is a treat! 
TRAVEL CONSORTIUM NEWS
SIXT RENT-A-CAR APPOINTS TRAVEL POINT LLC AS FRANCHISEE IN OMAN

SiXT Rent a Car, has appointed Travel Point LLC in Oman as their franchisee partner, during a signing ceremony that took place in Munich, Germany, on May 30, 2017. Arabia Cars, the car rental division of Travel Point LLC will now operate as SiXT Oman, to support and partner with the international expansion strategy of SiXT.

SiXT Oman will offer a wide range of mobility solutions: Short- and long-term rentals and exclusive chauffeur Services. Sixt Oman will be able to cover mobility needs from one day up to three years, tailor-made for every customer. Customers can choose from a premium fleet of Sedan, SUVs, AWDs and 4WDs.
WORLD'S FIRST TO FLY BOEING 737 MAX 8!

Malindo Air will be the first Airline to take delivery and operate the 737 MAX 8, the world's most technologically advanced single-aisle airplane. The fuel-efficient airplane is better for the environment and quieter for communities. The first commercial flight to Singapore will land at Changi Airport. The aircraft is configured with mono-class layout with a total of 180 seats. The airline has received a total of four 737 MAX 8s this year and will be deployed mostly for chartered flights, beginning with its first commercial service from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. Malindo Air will be rebranded to Balik Malaysia, during the second half of the year.
MALINDO AIR JOINS OMAN'S BSP

After the recent appointment of Travel Point LLC as their GSA in the Sultanate of Oman, Malindo Air, the Malaysian Hybrid Carrier has joined Oman's Billing Settlement Plan (BSP) in a move to make it simpler for agents to book flights with the airline. The airline that has a network to 46 Destinations in 16 countries and a weekly frequency of 835 flights, has aims to position Malaysia as a regional transit and tourism Hub. Competitive market fares have been loaded in all 3 GDS systems - Sabre, Galileo and Amadeus through which agents can combine special domestic fares and offer attractive holiday packages to the outbound traffic of Oman within the Malindo Air network
FANTASTIC AIRFARES ON AIRFRANCE-KLM TO EUROPE AND AMERICA!

If you're planning to travel to European or American destinations on AirFrance-KLM anytime until 30th November, 2017, then book your flight tickets before 12th June, 2017 to get fares as low as OMR 162. These special fares are available at your nearest Travel Agent and the AirFrance-KLM office located at Said Plaza, Qurum. 
DISCOVER AHUNGALLA BEACH STARTING AT JUST OMR 213 WITH SRILANKAN HOLIDAYS!

Sri Lankan Holidays has launched an exclusive family package to Ahungalla Beach for OMR 213 per person, that includes a return economy class flights, 3 nights stay at RIU resort Ahungalla, unlimited food and beverage until 2 am, and a CHILD FREE offer too! Your perfect budget getaway! 

For more information and bookings, call us at +968 99420889 or email us at mctholidays@srilankan.com
FLY US-BANGLA AIRLINES TO SEVERAL NEW DESTINATIONS

You can now fly to Kathmandu, Singapore, Bangkok, Kolkata and Kuala Lumpur via Dhaka as per the new schedules effective 1 June 2017.

For more information, call the US-Bangla Airlines office at +968 24830724 or email them at sales@usbanglaairlinesom.com or reservations@usbanglaairlinesom.com
PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PIA) LAUNCHES MUSCAT-LAHORE ROUTE AGAIN!

Pakistan International Airline will be resuming flight operations to Lahore effective 15th June, 2017. The weekly flight will take off every Thursday at 15:30 hrs. Baggage allowance will be upto 30 Kgs on this sector.  In addition, PIA has also pulled out of one Salalah - Lahore flight, reducing the frequency for this sector to 4 flights a week only.

For more information, call the Pakistan International Airlines offices at +968 24792460/61/65 or email mcttopk@piac.aero
THE SULTAN CENTER NOW HAS A TRAVEL PARTNER

The Sultan Center, as part of their Loyalty Program has signed a deal with Travel Point last week to reward their cardholders. The offer that was launched just before Ramadan, will give The Sultan Center Rewards cardholders great deals at Travel Point including 5% off on all holiday packages, Free Insurance and Free Visa Assistance, upon presenting the card at the Travel Point LLC office at the time of booking. 
TRAVEL POINT AND SHIN TOURS STRIKE A DEAL!

Travel Point and SHIN Tours LLC have entered into an agreement to jointly capture the tourism business between Iran and Oman. Iran Market has immense potential in terms of Inbound Tourism in Oman, and the two companies have already initiated their promotions for Oman in Iran with innovative marketing techniques and FAMs. The Outbound from Oman to Iran for Leisure as well as Medical Travel is on the rise, and the partnership between the companies will enable the people of Oman to avail fantastic packages to Oman at remarkably low prices, starting with an all-inclusive 3 Nights Package to Iran including flights this Eid, at as low as OMR 250 only! Get in touch to find out more. 
MEET AND GREET THE MARHABA WAY

Marhaba, Airport Meet & Greet and Lounge Services, brings seamless service to Singapore. You can now relax in the comfort and privacy of the dnata Lounges in Terminals 1 and 3 at Singapore Changi Airport. It's open 24 hours for you to unwind, savour the flavour of the international buffet or simply catch up on work. Marhaba services are smoothing the journey not just in the Middle East, but around the world in Europe, Asia and Africa. The services are now offered at Dubai, Bahrain,London Heathrow, Johannesburg and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
TRAVEL CITY ATTENDS FCM GLOBAL MEET IN LISBON

FCM Travel Solutions, the Travel Management Partner for Travel City, organized its global annual company meet BEYOND in Lisbon, Portugal this year. The meet was about disruptors, sharing economy and how technology, suppliers, social media, employees and customers are pushing TMC's outside of traditional boundaries. This focus was about design-thinking and future-proofing to ensure that FCM remains relevant in an ever-changing business travel landscape.
 
Three days of thought provoking content included presentations from Bruce Dickinson, an English singer, songwriter, musician, airline pilot, author and broadcaster as well as Etihad, Avis, Amadeus and our very own leadership team plus interactive sessions including the Modern Thinking Challenge and a Cultural Intelligence workshop with Marcus Eklund, Global Leader FCM Travel Solutions.  Mr. Sudeep Joseph, Head - Travel City represented the company at the event in Lisbon. 
OFFICE TIMINGS EXTENDED FOR RAMADAN

To help serve you better during the Month of Ramadan, we have extended our office timings from 9 am to 11 pm. You can come by to our office at your convenience post Iftar to discuss your Eid Travel. Please note that these office timings will be applicable only at Travel Point LLC Office in Qurm.
WE HAVE MOVED IN SOHAR AND SAHAM!

We have recently moved our offices in Sohar and Saham! In Sohar, we have moved to the Sohar Souq and in Saham, we have moved to Al Makka Hypermarket. Our offices offer you the entire range of travel ad hospitality services. You may contact our Sohar Office at +968 22005790 and Saham office at +968 26857512 for more information
VACATIONS - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
HAPPY EID, HAPPIER HOLIDAYS!

Special Eid Group Departures to Baku, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iran have been launched with Easy on the Pocket prices and fantastic things to do on the trip.

Packages range between OMR 250 - 450 per person, with carefully chosen short haul destinations, to ensure the passengers experience a holiday trip that's worth every penny.

For more information and bookings, call us at +968 99233829 or email us at vacations@atctp.com.
YOUTH TRAVEL LAST MINUTE DEALS UPTO 30% OFF

If you and your friends are 18 to 30-somethings and are looking to fill your news feed with exciting posts and pictures from your latest travel adventures, then pick from exciting trips across the globe, that are only meant for young travel bugs like you! At super attractive prices!
BOOK NOW for exciting deals on the MEGA SALE of upto 30% off on packages and live your travel dream. Book before 30th June to also get 10% off on your Europe Winter Packages too! It's always crazy in here.

For more information and bookings, call us at +968 99233829 or email us at vacations@atctp.com.
TOUR OMAN - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
KEYSTAGE 5 TRIP - 2017 SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTED BY TOUR OMAN  

A group of 19 Students plus 2 Teachers from a Private School in Muscat weaved some fantastic Omani memories on their trip to Wahiba Sands. With activities like Dune Bashing, Sand Boarding, Sunset and Sunrise Watching in the itinerary, the students were taken care of with utmost care and quality.

For all queries, kindly contact us at touroman@atctp.com or call us +968 24661800
SALALAH KHAREEF PACKAGES TURN INTO BESTSELLERS!

Tour Oman's 'Explore the Khareef' packages are selling fast for this year's Khareef festival! The packages offer a wide range of accommodation options in 3, 4 and 5 star hotels at affordable rates to a hassle-free trip exploring the beauty of Salalah.

For more information and bookings, call us at +968 99420889 or email us at touroman@atctp.com.
AL EMAN - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
UMRAH JOURNEYS MADE AFFORDABLE

Al Eman has introduced affordable packages to perform Umrah, for both nationals and resident expatriates. In addition to Ramadan Umrah packages, the packages for the forthcoming Umrah season include air tickets, quality accommodation and airport transfers. Some of the best hotels and tour operators in Saudi, have been carefully chosen to ensure you pray with peace on your journey of faith. We offer special prayers for all our customers this Ramadan, and wish you Eid Mubarak! 

For more information and bookings, contact +968 98082470, 93892655 or email us at aleman@atctp.com
ARABIA CARS - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
2 FOR 1 CAR RENTAL! 

Rent any car from ArabiaCars, our car rental division during the Summer weekends and take your vehicle for two days for the price of one day!  This offer is valid until July 2017 on cars rented from the ArabiaCars Muscat Office situated at Al Said Plaza, 1st Floor, Qurm and is only valid on Thursday Evening 6 pm to Saturday Evening 6 pm only!

For more, call us at +968 24661877 or email us arabiacars@atctp.com .
MEDICARE - A DIVISION OF TRAVEL POINT
FLIGHT AMBULANCE SERVICE FROM OMAN TO ANYWHERE!

Medicare Tourism, our medical and wellness division is now the representative of FAI (Flight Ambulance Jet) in Oman. Representing this German Air Ambulance Service provider that offers impeccable Bed to Bed transportation service, makes Travel Point the only company in Oman to provide this service for those in critical health conditions, seeking an airlift for immediate treatment at international hospitals with impeccable timing are care. Operating from Oman to anywhere in the world, the FAI service has no restrictions; flying adults, infants and newborns as well. It is a 24 hour service provider with a highly qualified and multilingual medical team onboard to cater to the medical needs of the patient on board.
 
When in need of such emergencies, feel free to call us on +968 99232577 or email us at medicare@atctp.com.
HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? DISCOVER OMAN!
DUQM BEACH

This beautiful beach is known for its soft, clean sands, its azure waters and cool breezes, and is only 20 kilometres from the centre of Wilayat AlDuqm in  Al Wasta Governorate (the central region) .
INDUSTRY NEWS

Your transit experience at Changi Airport is now more rewarding! Receive a Changi Dollar Voucher (CDV), valued from S$20, for your shopping and refreshments during your transit in Changi Airport, when you travel on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir or Air New Zealand. This promotion applies to all the passengers travelling ex-DXB as point of origin on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir e-ticket. Passengers travelling on Singapore Airlines (SQ) or SilkAir (MI) whose point of origin as stated in their e-ticket is Dubai, United Arab Emirates and are on transit in Singapore Changi Airport, within 24 hours, can avail this offer. 
NO INTERVIEW FOR USA VISA FOR OMANI CITIZENS 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declared that Omani Nationals will not need to face a personal interview to get a business or tourist visa to enter the United States. Omani citizens can apply for the visa and submit their documents to the Embassy in Muscat, or on the embassy website. This is valid for qualified nationals only.

For more information, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
OMAN AIR RAMADAN BAGGAGE OFFER

This Ramadan, Oman Air has launched an exclusive offer for all its Economy Class travelers. Any Economy Class passenger who purchases their air ticket during the Ramadan period or who has already purchased ticket for travel during the month of Ramadan, will get the privilege of carrying two pieces of baggage of up to a total of 30kgs. Passengers can carry two bags instead of one, within the total weight of 30kg for FREE. Also, if passengers are carrying more than two bags, OMR 16 can be paid for every additional bag up to 20kgs. 
OMAN AIR'S ADVICE FOR HAJJ PILGRIMS 2017

The Arrival Phase of Hajj flights commence with effect from Dhul-Qa'dalh 1st 1438H (24th July, 2017). It will continue until mid-night (GMT) of Dhul - Hiijah 4th 1438 (26th August, 2017). The departure phrase of Hajj flights shall commerce from 0500am (GMT) on 13th Dhul-Hijjah 14304 (8th September 2017) for Saudi Citizens, for GCC nationals on 14th Dhul-Hijjah (5th September 2017) and 15th Dhul-Hiijah 1438 for (15th September 2017) for expatriates and charter flights. It ends on 15th Muharram 1439 (5th October 2017). Oman Air will not bear any penalties due to the passenger not holding the Hajj permit. Regard to Zam - Zam water, only 5kgs bottles are permitted and it should be wrapped properly. Those who will issue the tickets and violate the restricted dates will bear all penalties accrued. Those who will issue the tickets without checking for Hajj permit will bear all the penalties.
JET AIRWAYS LETS YOU BUY CHEAPER IN ADVANCE

Jet Airways has introduced the 30-Day advance purchase fares from Muscat to Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram, staring from, OMR 117 from Muscat to Bombay upto OMR 146 from Muscat to Delhi .
SUMMER BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE DOUBLED ON KUWAIT AIRWAYS

Kuwait Airways launched a special two piece baggage allowance offer, to make your summer trip more convenient! You can carry a total of 46 kgs, with 23kgs per piece. You can also buy yourself some more baggage by paying OMR 60 for one additional piece, OMR 85 for second additional piece and OMR 110 for third additional piece.  
WORLD CLASS ENTERTAINMENT ON AND OFF THE TRACK

The 2017 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 24-26 November is almost here! Packages are on sale starting from as low as $650 which includes 3 nights stay with breakfast, 2 day Abu Dhabi Hill tickets (25th & 26th November) with access to the after-race concerts. This package is also loaded with an entry into Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Water World. 
MAJID AL FUTTAIM TO BUILD REGION'S FIRST CINEMA-THEMED HOTEL 

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has joined hands with Marriott International to launch the region's first cinema-themed hotel concept at Aloft Dubai City Centre Deira in Dubai, UAE. The concept will feature a unique offering of cinematic-themed rooms in addition to an 'Outdoor' Vox Cinema. 
T3 CONNECT
LIRENNE AND STANLEY SAY HELLO FROM EGYPT!

Lirenne and Stanley went on an 8-day epic adventure with our youth travel partner, Topdeck. Here's their Travel Diary:

Don't miss the Pyramids and Sphinx in Giza, the breathtaking Abu Simbel temple, the jaw dropping Valley of the Kings and Sailing on a Felucca all the way to the Nubian Village. We were fortunate to also experience a Hot Air Balloon ride at sunrise overlooking Luxor which is a MUST DO! We recommend the Nile Cruise with "Blue Shadow"; cozy cabins, friendly staff and massive spread of traditional Egyptian Food.

Why Topdeck? Well planned with no shortage of fun, sights and adventure. The group we travelled with contributed to majority of the fun. We have made new friends from all over the world and have returned with epic memories. Not forgetting Medo, one of the best tour leaders we have ever come across. He was always on top of everything and his knowledge, passion and dedication added a brilliant amount of value to our trip.

Looking forward to ticking more places off our bucket list with Topdeck Travel again!
#topdecker
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
AYAM PELALAH
BALINESE CHICKEN

Ingredients:
Meat from chicken legs
1/2 inch ginger
6-8 leaves of lemongrass
3-4 bulbs of garlic
1 onion, sliced
8-10 bokchoy leaves
20 gm cabbage, sliced
1 carrot, chopped
Green, red and yellow peppers, sliced
Stock (either veg or non-veg)
Chili paste
Sweet soya
Fried charlocks
Few parsley leaves

Method:
Firstly, the meat needs to be taken from chicken legs and boiled in water containing ginger, garlic and lemongrass. This enables the chicken to gain flavor.  Once the chicken is boiled, it is deep fried until it attains a nice crispy golden brown color and texture.  Now add a little oil to a pan and pour some onions and garlic paste once the oil has heated. Stir well.  Now add bokchoy, cabbage, carrots, green, red and yellow peppers. Keep stirring on a low flame.  Add whichever stock you have, but not more than half a bowl. Continue stirring.  Add 1 tsp of red chili paste and 1/4th bowl of sweet soya. Continue stirring until the veggies turn a little dark in shade.  Once the veggies have cooked well and turn a bit dark, you may add the chicken. Add salt and pepper.  Cook for a few more minutes, sprinkle a few fried charlocks and parsley leaves on top and voila!  Get ready to taste Bali!

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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@atctp .com
Tour Oman - A division of Travel Point
(Inbound)
Phone: +968 2466 1800
Email: info@atctp.com 

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

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

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