Travel Leaders Corporate has merged with sister company ALTOUR under the latter’s brand.

The companies have been working closely together for more than two years cooperating on international accounts, air agreements and entertainment travel.

They said the alignment was a “natural evolution”.

“We are thrilled about the unique opportunities this will create for our corporate customers, as well as our employees and supplier partners,” said Alexandre Chemla, founder and chief executive of ALTOUR. “We will maintain a laser-like focus on the customer experience, cement our lead as an innovator and continue our goal of winning the hearts and minds of corporate travel managers and business travellers alike.”

The combined business represents multi-billions in total travel volume. The ALTOUR brand will have more than 2,000 travel professionals and advisors and more than 57 office locations globally after the merger.

ALTOUR will continue its partnership with Travel Leaders Network.

“Bringing these two great companies together will enhance our core value proposition for our customers by matching the customer to the right service model, while gaining efficiencies and creating synergies that will allow us to compete effectively and grow for the future,” said Travel Leaders Group chief executive J.D. O’Hara.

The ALTOUR senior leadership team will include ALTOUR founder and chief executive Chemla; Gabe Rizzi, who has been named chief revenue officer; Lee Thomas, chief operating officer; Barry Noskeau, executive vice president, strategic planning and Joseph Oppold, executive vice president, global operations.

“As we learned more about each other’s businesses and recognised how complementary our cultures were, this coming together was a natural evolution,” said Chemla. “By joining forces, we can clearly define customer segments, create distinct account ownership with end-to-end solutions, facilitate specialization around verticals, strengthen our operations processes and invest greater resources in technology solutions.”