Our history

    From one store to nearly 1,100 stores, we’ve built a global business that customers know and trust.

    Our geographic reach has grown both organically and through targeted acquisitions, including Grupo Confidence in Brazil.

    See the Travelex history in our timeline below.

    Date Milestone
    2015 Travelex launches the Supercard pilot. Supercard is the only product of its kind that lets customers spend with their debit or credit card abroad without paying international roaming fees. After a highly successful pilot test, the new product will launch summer 2016
    2015 Travelex secures licence to import and export foreign currency and commence a wholesale business in China
    2015 Travelex becomes the first exclusive foreign exchange provider at Heathrow Airport
    2015 Anthony Wagerman is appointed CEO
    2015 Dr Shetty and Mr Saeed Bin Butti buy Travelex
    2014 Travelex starts its digital transformation strategy, spearheaded by Chief Digital Officer Sean Cornwell
    2013 Travelex begins trading in Panama, becoming the first Travelex-branded store in Latin America
    2011 Travelex sells its card programme management business to Mastercard for £290 million, and sells Travelex Global Business Payments to Western Union for £606 million in order to focus on the consumer
    2011 Travelex purchases a shareholding in FX Africa and announces the acquisition of Grupo Confidence in Brazil
    2011 Peter Jackson is appointed the CEO of Travelex
    2009 First foreign exchange ATM in Asia-Pacific goes live in Brisbane Airport
    2008 Travelex opens stores in Beijing Airport
    2007 Travelex opens in Auckland Airport
    2005 Apax becomes Travelex's majority shareholder
    2004 Travelex lands China
    2003 Travelex opens in Oman, its first store in the Middle East
    2003 The Travelex ticket season at the National Theatre is born
    2003 Travelex India is born
    2003 Travelex sponsors the ITV Rugby World Cup and Jonny Wilkinson
    2001 Travelex acquires Thomas Cook Financial Services for £440 million
    1999 Travelex acquires Barclay's foreign exchange in the UK, kick starting our vault operations
    1998 3i become shareholders after buying out Abbey National and Hombros in a seven-year deal
    1995 Abbey National buys a 33 percent stake of Travelex as we take over Abbey National's foreign exchange
    1993 Travelex takes over Mutual of Omaha, procuring stores in 50 terminals at 34 airports across the US
    1990 Travelex opens in Brisbane's domestic terminal
    1989 Travelex opens branches in New York's John F. Kennedy Airport
    1986 Travelex become the first non-bank foreign exchange provider at Heathrow Terminal 4
    1985 Travelex opens in Belgium's cruise terminal Zeebrugge
    1984 Travelex opens first overseas branch in the Netherlands at North Sea terminal, Rotterdam
    1982 Travelex opens its first ferry outlet on board the P&O ferry serving Rotterdam
    1979 Travelex opens first foreign exchange bureau on the road to the Dover seaport
    1978 Travelex's third store opens in Oxford Circus, London
    1977 Travelex's second store opens in Cromwell Road, London
    1976 Lloyd Dorfman opens the first Travelex store in Southampton Row, London




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