Leading global travel management and events business, ATPI Group, has expanded its foothold in the Asia-Pacific region.

The company, whose chief executive Graham Ramsey is chairman of the GTMC, has taken over New Zealand-based Business World Travel for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition further increases the footprint of the growing business across Australasia.

Business World Travel is based in Auckland, bringing the ATPI Group’s wholly owned offices to 34 in 18 countries around the world.

Expansion in the Asia Pacific region for ATPI has included the acquisition of the Australia-based Voyager in January 2014, the purchase of DTC Travel in Malaysia in October 2015, as well as new expanded premises in Singapore.

The company also unveiled ATPI Sports Events in Australia earlier this year.

Business World Travel was established in 1992 by Grant Bevin, who will remain with the company to lead the business in New Zealand.

Ramsey said: “The purchase of Business Travel World is a significant milestone for our global business.

“As part of our growth strategy over the last two years we have focused on extensive investment and acquisitions.

“Through this most recent deal, we have a new exciting venture that reinforces the high standards of client service that are a cornerstone of our business.

“In turn, Business Travel World and its clients will benefit from ATPI’s bespoke technology, purchasing power, and comprehensive people development and training.”

Bevin added: “Joining the ATPI Group is a fantastic opportunity for the business travel sector in the region.

“We have spent the past 20-plus years building a company that puts customer service and long term relationships at the heart of its operations.

“The travel management sector is fast moving and developing its technological and client service capabilities at a pace, and the ATPI Group’s expertise will empower new opportunities for us.”