[UPDATE, Oct. 4, 2017: Direct Travel and ATPI formed a new entity to jointly serve midmarket, multinational accounts. Called Direct ATPI Global Travel, the new organization "accelerates our global growth strategy," according to a statement attributed to Direct Travel CEO Ed Adams. The companies contributed "equal investments" and created a joint governing board and leadership team, according to a press announcement. Officials indicated they would align technology platforms and integrate "profile databases, travel data reporting, safety and security programs and travel portals." Together, the companies claim $7 billion in annual sales and 160 locations around the globe . . .