Originally inaugurated as a travel agency on 21st July 1966 by the then Minister for Tourism, the Hon. Dr Paul Borg Olivier, and blessed by HE Mons Michael Gonzi, Archbishop of Malta, the newly refurbished office has officially been re-opened on 19th June 2015 by Minister for Tourism, the Hon. Dr Edward Zammit Lewis. Present on both occasions was Mr Neville Mifsud, back then head of the SMS Travel & Tourism division and now chairman of the SMS Group.
Located at 311, Republic Street, Valletta, corner with Ordnance Street, opposite the Royal Opera House ruins, the office finds itself in a landmark position that is conspicuous to anyone entering the capital city.
Engaging the services of prestigious design firm Martin Xuereb & Associates, the interior of the offices reflect a fresh, contemporary design whilst the external apertures have been restored to their former beauty and to be in sync with the Palazzo Ferreria of which the office forms part of.
In its half century of uninterrupted use as a travel agency, the location has arranged over half a million holidays and business trips for Maltese residents going abroad.
SMSMondial came into being in 2011 following the merger of SMS Travel (established in 1950) and Mondial Holidays (established in 1947). The brand which operates six travel agencies is the main Malta-based retail arm of the Orange Travel Group. Orange is by far Malta’s largest travel business and employs almost 50 people across its local operations.
Headquartered in Malta, the Orange brand is also present in another seven countries being Algeria, Cyprus, Greece, Jordan, Russia, Tunisia and Turkey, and employs people from 12 different nationalities.
The Orange Travel Group itself forms part of the much larger SMS Group family – a conglomerate tracing its routes to the 1860s that is active in Malta in a variety of sectors including tourism, logistics, shipping, insurance, and education, and internationally is the world’s 2nd largest cruise line passenger services provider.