By Abdulaziz al Jahdhami -
MUSCAT — Khimji’s House of Travel, the flagship brand for Travel and Tourism Business Services under the Projects and Logistics Group of Khimji Ramdas, is further consolidating its position in the global travel market with its recent appointment as a franchisee office of Lufthansa City Center International.
The inauguration of Lufthansa City Center (LCC) office in Ruwi Street was presided over by Angelika Storz-Chakarji, the German Ambassador to the Sultanate. In a press conference held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel after the offical launch, Andrej Skraba, Senior Area Manager, Central and Eastern Europe and Middle East, pointed out that Lufthansa City Center International started the partnership with Khimji’s House of Travel as one of the best travel brands in Oman.
“This partnership will help promoting the Lufthansa City Center brand in the local market which is similar to other markets where our brand is already well-known. Oman is a very beautiful country and tourism sector is accorded great attention in order to promote Oman worldwide. Thus, the valuable partner, Khimji’s House of Travel will play a vital role in strengthening the cordial relations and tourism between Oman and Germany”, he said.
The Lufthansa City Center brand which is added to our local and well-known company name will as from now flag our corporate identity and complete the range of services offered to our customers. It will also contribute in promoting the Sultanate in general and tourism sector in particular all over the world. It will be promoted in all the countries where Lufthansa City Center offices are available.
With a network of more than 610 offices in over 80 countries, the Lufthansa City Center International travel agency franchise co-operation is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It was established in 1991 and since then it has been experiencing a constant growth.
In his welcoming speech, MC Jose, CEO — Projects and Logistics of the Khimji Ramdas Group said: “We are proud to partner with one of the leading global travel networks in the world. Lufthansa City Center is a tried and tested concept that provides travel management services and leisure solutions to corporate houses and customers on a global scale. With our local expertise in Oman combined with the LCC offices world-wide, we are confident of adding value to the travel needs of the modern day traveller”.
Lufthansa City Center (LCC) is the only international chain of travel agency that exclusively operates with the franchisee model. LCC franchisees retain their independent entrepreneur status and their locally renowned travel agency name which is complemented and buoyed by the Lufthansa City Center brand, thus benefiting from the advantages of a powerful partnership and ubiquitous presence.
Nailesh Khimji, Director-Khimji Ramdas Group said “Our tie-up with Lufthansa City Center will help leverage their huge network to bring in a large number of tourists into the Sultanate of Oman. On the other hand, travellers from Oman can now rest assured that we have partners practically in any part of the world to ensure that their requirements are well taken care of ”.
Commenting on this outstanding partnership, Andreas Bauriedel, Managing Director of Lufthansa City Center International, noted that: “We know that with the Khimji Ramdas Group, we have a reliable and valuable partner in the Sultanate. We are confident that we will share together our experiences and expertise to mutually leverage the benefits that this partnership will bring to our customers.”
Lufthansa City Center focuses on individual customised service for both, leisure and corporate clients. Offering the complete range of travel management solutions, Lufthansa City Center combines flexibility and innovation, competence and experience with a comprehensive service portfolio, motivated staff and the benefits of a worldwide network.
Based on these key assets, customer’s travel ideas and aspirations are realised professionally, guaranteeing high customer satisfaction with excellent price-performance parameters. These unmatched benefits of trust, reliability and value have formed the basis for an enduring customer relationship with individuals and corporate houses in almost all developed and emerging markets of the world.
Collectively, Khimji’s House of Travel with Lufthansa City Center will provide the client, a recognised and preferred network, offering a uniform, top-quality services around the globe. The new Khimji’s House of Travel Lufthansa City Center office will be run by experienced employees from Khimji Ramdas Group. However, they will be given additional training on the new features and services offered by Lufthansa City Center. Some of the employees have already undergone professional training by Lufthansa City Center. Through this partnership, Oman will be promoted in more than 600 Lufthansa City Center offices around the world. This will open doors for the tourism in the Sultanate to be globally marketed; accordingly more people and tourist will be attracted to visit the country.
— Picture by Shamsa al Harthiya