Key Managers

Claire Micallef

Executive Manager – Orange Travel Group

Joined Mondial Holidays following training at the Institute of Tourism Studies. Gained experience at different outlets in retail before working for a number of years in the wholesale sector first for the NCL and later for the Costa GSAs where she also ventured into the role of on-ship Cruise Director for a short charter operation. Upon the merger in 2011 appointed Executive Manager in charge of all foreign offices. In 2013 her role was vastly expanded to cover all of Orange’s local and foreign commercial aspects (except for retail in Malta).

Paul Pizzuto

Executive Manager – SMSMondial

Started his career in travel at an early age by working for the Alitalia GSA within the commercial department. Eventually moved onto SMS to become agency manager. Upon merger was appointed Executive Manager for SMSMondial, the Malta retail arm for Orange. His responsibilities include the complete hands-on management of the operation which consists of six high street locations as well, as any logistic matters including trade fairs participation.

Kevin Sciortino

Group Marketing Manager

Joined the SMS Group in 1988 at the age of 20 and throughout the years performed a wide range of duties which helped him accumulate a mine of experience. Following the merger in 2011, he moved to the commercial department, working in tour operating creating new products. In 2014 promoted to manager within the same department and responsible for the Group’s marketing, media relations, distribution, and also acts as main commercial liaison officer for the Group’s foreign operations.

Lara Vella

Group Finance Manager

Lara’s career started at PwC back in 2006 where she worked with both local and foreign high-profile clients for eight years. In 2014 she then joined Charles Grech & Co Ltd as an Assistant Financial Controller and held this position for three years. She was appointed Financial Controller and retained this role for two years. In 2019 Lara joined Orange Travel Group, where she is responsible for the technical day-to-day accounting and administration matters of the organisation.

Lazhar Hamouda

Finance Manager for Tunisia

Holds a degree in accounting from the Institute of Accounting Sciences & Business Admin. ISCAE. Continued with a 3-year course obtaining diploma of Expert Accountant (auditor) at the IHEC while working in leading audit firms for 8 years ending up senior manager in auditing department. In 2009 obtains membership of Tunisian Chartered Accountants & Auditors Society. His career leads him to multinational companies (Heineken Tunisie, Maersk Lines, Vosges Injection, Tunima, etc…) where he is responsible for both financial and legal matters. In 2013 he joins Orange Cruises Tunise where he is responsible for the finance and administration department of the Company, while in 2015 he becomes the legal official head being appointed director-general.

Salwa Bouattour

Country Manager for Tunisia

Acquired her diploma in management from the faculty of Economics & Management in Sfax in 1996. Until 1999 she worked with Nautic Tunisia Holidays and during the same year she graduated again in Marketing. Between 1999 and 2010 she lived in Canada and worked with Maxi Voyage & Sunwings of Montreal. In 2007 she pursued her master’s degree in Tourism from the University of Quebec. In 2010 she returned to Tunisia and worked for a small travel agency until 2011. In 2012 she joined newly-formed Orange Tunisia which she helped build up from scratch as its agency supervisor, and in 2015 was promoted to Country Manager and is thus the person ultimately responsible for all commercial matters for which she reports directly to Malta.

Tolga Unalsin

Country Manager for Turkey

Born, brought up, and studied in Turkey. Obtained two university degrees – one in Communications (Radio-TV) and the second in Business Administration. Started career at flag-carrier Turkish Airlines within the CIP Department. Later moved into the outbound travel business and worked with a number of leading Turkish tour operators occupying various managerial posts before joining Orange in mid-2011 as country manager. Since 2007 has been a correspondent for travel magazine “Voyager”, and is a regular contributor of travel-related articles to various other publications.

Andreas Michael

Country Manager for Cyprus

Started his professional career as an accountant at a travel agency  but in a short period, in 1978 moved to the travel industry.Worked for 22 consecutive years at one of the major travel agencies and gaining experience and knowledge in the industry with specialisation in the field of outgoing tourism including different services as Bangkok tours that are now sold online. Since 2000 joined the Amathus Group as the outgoing travel manager of the “Let’s Go Tours” brand. Upon the merger of Let’s Go Tours and Orange Travel Group’s interests in Cyprus, appointed country manager for Orange Travel Cyprus Ltd which continues to trade as Let’s Go Tours.

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