Times of Oman
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Zahara launches online travel souq with a unique single window platform
May 6, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Muscat: Buying a holiday has now got much easier. Zahara has introduced a virtual travel portal, www.otalati.com where you can purchase any service related to travel and holiday at the click of a mouse on a secure payment gateway.  Otalati is the first of its kind to have opened in Oman with pricing in Omani rials that can be paid for by using a credit card issued in the Sultanate.

A unique concept especially developed for Oman and the GCC, Otalati is a Travel Meta Search site with real time inventory, availability and booking capabilities. Once online, the customer can browse various holiday options, within the GCC or internationally, and confirm bookings for multiple services ranging from airline booking,  hotels room nights, tour packages, airport transfers, rent-a-car, sightseeing tours and even meals at select destinations. Add it all to your shopping cart, review your itinerary, make a final payment and exit.  It is as simple as that. More important, the online service gives you manifold options to suit your pocket.

All in one solution
You can view and compare prices, filter options from a hotel apartment to a five-star hotel without having to browse through various portals. Hence, for a trip to Paris, you can book your return ticket, confirm hotel, pick a rent-a-car from the airport or book a transfer, opt for a half / full day sightseeing tour and make a reservation for dinner at the Eiffel Tower as well as book a day trip to Disneyland Paris!

The portal employs a unique single window platform so that the viewer does not have to enter and exit different systems. It is quick and easy, saves time and helps to draw cost comparisons making sure the client has the best deal available at that time. The payment can either be made using a credit card through a secured gateway or in cash at the Otalati counter in Zahara office in Al Khuwair or Qurum City Centre. Interested customers could consult with the professional and dedicated support team in Oman or call on the number mentioned on the website.

"Customers can book using our introductory promotional discount code and avail of special discounts on bookings of hotels, cars, sightseeing and holidays. We are also tying up with corporate companies in Oman that will entitle them to a corporate deal code.  
The users will be eligible to a pre-determined upfront discount using their special code," explained Suraj Shroff, manager, Holidays. The portal will keep enhancing its product range on a regular basis as more suppliers come on board that will translate into providing much wider options to the customers.

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