Package deals hot up outbound Oman business
Al Hashar Travels
Hot spots: Far East and Switzerland
Offers: The travel agency offers packages to Istanbul, Bangkok, Malaysia, Singapore, Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Istanbul, London, Paris, Zurich and Nairobi
Recommended deal: The best deals are to Bangkok, Pattaya, Changmai, Singapore and Malaysia. Most deals are for four days, three nights that include return economy airfare tickets, return airport transfer, daily buffet breakfast, hotel and service charges. A trip to Colombo begins at RO186 ($483), Bangkok at RO144 and Phuket at RO198. The Istanbul tour for five nights is RO199 onwards
Validity: September end (supplement charges apply from July 1 to August 14)
Hot spots: Far East and Europe
Offers: Bahwan Holidays offer packages to South East Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. The new destinations they are promoting are South Africa, China, Scandinavia and Indo-China countries like Myanmar and Vietnam.
Recommended deals: The South East Asia package comprises of 10 days, nine nights at Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Singapore via Chennai, Bangalore (beginning at RO482) or Delhi (beginning at RO434) that includes economy class airfare, three nights at the Ambassador in Bangkok or Crowne Princess at KL or new Park at Singapore. Daily breakfast and tickets from KL to Singapore, half-day city tours of the cities visited, room and service taxes are included.
‘Best of Europe’ tour covers Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France and Britain. The 11 days, ten nights trip is for RO949 per person for two adults and two children that includes economy airfare with Swiss, accommodation, meals, sight-seeing and transportation.
Validity: August 30 (additional supplement charges from July 1 to August 14)
Hot spots: Far East and Europe (especially Austria and Switzerland)
Offers: Choice Holidays’ Tour the World programme has 121 packages. Popular packages include Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East (via India or otherwise), Australia, USA and Canada
Recommended deals: Eight days, seven night package to Austria at RO495 that includes economy class airfare, five days and four nights stay in Vienna and four days and three nights in Salzburg in four-star hotels with arrival transfer, second-class train ticket round trip between the cities, breakfast, room and service taxes. Most packages carry bonus offers of free room nights and free sightseeing tours.
Validity: August 31
Contact: NTT (National Travels & Tourism)
Hot spots: Malaysia and Thailand
Offers: Mezoon Holidays represent Sri Lankan Holidays in Oman. It also has tours to India, Maldives, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. This summer, Mezoon has tied up with Etihad Airways to promote its tourist packages
Recommended deals: A four-day package at RO144 per person on twin-sharing basis to Sri Lanka via Sri Lankan Airlines; four-day package at RO135 per person on twin-sharing basis to Thailand on Etihad Airways; four-day package at RO278 per person to Singapore via India on Indian Airlines; four-day package at RO281 per person to Malaysia
Validity: September 30
Hot spot: Thailand
Recommended deal to Thailand for RO200 per person for three nights on twin-sharing basis that includes return economy airfare. It prefers to tailor make packages depending on passenger’s budget and choice.
Validity: 30 August (supplement charges from July 11 to August 30).
Special Umrah package: Apart from retailing to the Far East, Egypt and Australia, it has Umrah packages to Mecca (four nights) and Madinah (three nights).
by Kavita Pandit