Global travel management and events business ATPI Group has reported a strong year of growth in 2016 on the back of its acquisition of Plan B Travel in Melbourne and New Zealand-based Business World Travel.
New business wins, partnerships agreements across Europe and South America and investment in new technology, have all helped to develop the agency’s global operations, the group says.
New partners were appointed in Turkey, Poland, Chile, the Balkans and Sweden to bring in more local knowledge to the group’s global network.
The ATPI Analytics™ technology tool for travel managers has been complemented with an upgrade to the ATPI On The Go™ mobile app, which syncs travellers’ profiles across all proprietary systems.
The group’s business wins include Aberdeenshire-based Avanteq; Sumitomo Corporation Europe, a leading integrated trading house; global electronics distributor, Premier Farnell; Malaysian international offshore oilfield services provider, Bumi Armada Beshad; plus the Volvo Ocean Race. ATPI Sports Events will operate as the global official hospitality agency for the 2017-18 edition.
ATPI Sports Events, the dedicated sports events, hospitality and events logistics division of the Group, also organised over 12,000 room nights and 2,500 flights for athletes, sponsors and fans at last year’s Rio Olympics.
Adam Knights, UK managing director (pictured), the ATPI Group, comments: “2016 was a year of development and innovation for us. Following a recent survey of our clients, we know that 2017 will be a strong year for business travel. Many travel managers expect that their people will travel more in the year ahead… Duty of Care remains the biggest concern for business travel, followed by the need to reduce cost. In the same vein, visibility of the total cost of trip was also identified as one of the most important tools in helping travel managers to achieve this. We are looking forward to the year ahead.”
The ATPI Group has a network of over 100 offices worldwide.