Category Archives: Travel

French magazine Hotel & Lodge changes hands

Hôtel & Lodge, a bi-monthly lifestyle and travel magazine covering the latest amongst prestigious resorts, boutique hotels as well as lodges and 5-star palaces has just been sold by its two main shareholders, the enthusiast magazine publishers Nivéales and Editions Larivière, to press entrepreneur Michel Comboul.

This travel magazine, launched in 2002, currently generates an estimated turnover of €700 000 with a circulation of 49 600 copies per issue (6x).

As a reminder, Michel Comboul is the former President and CEO of the French Riviera publisher Nice Matin, as well as head of the Syndicat de la Presse Quotidienne Régionale (“Association of Regional Newspaper Publishers”) and the Fédération Nationale de la Presse Française (“Association of French National Press Publishers”).

Condé Nast to plan more upscale magazine launches in India

According to a recent article published in the FT, Condé Nast International reveals it is ready to follow the September 2009 launch of the Indian edition of Vogue with other upmarket titles as the global fashion and luxury retail industry looks to cash in on the country’s growing affluence.

The American publisher is seeking or has obtained regulatory approval for magazines such as Glamour, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller, Vanity Fair and niche publications such as Wired, the technology-focused magazine.

“We’d like to get the Vogue launch right first and soon after that start kicking off some of these other launches,” said Alex Kuruvilla, managing director of Condé Nast India, in the FT article.

India is emerging as one of the world’s biggest “millionaire factories”, with a study by Cap Gemini and Merrill Lynch showing it was second only to Singapore in terms of the growth in the number of people with net assets of $1m or more.

But it is not that easy to enter the Indian market.  Indeed, the luxury retail industry faces many hurdles there  from a lingering cultural and political aversion to conspicuous displays of wealth, with many people still living in deep poverty. It also faces challenges from high taxes and a lack of suitable malls for luxury retailers.

Mr Kuruvilla said Vogue would launch its first edition with an October cover date on September 22 with a target print run of 50 000 copies, taking on titles such as Elle, L’Officiel and local magazine Verve.  He added that these magazines had targeted a middle-market audience while Vogue was looking to cater for the new class of high-net worth consumers emerging in India.  He said the magazine was expecting advertising yields of four to five times the existing competition and to capture 50-60% market share of fashion-related advertising revenue in the first year.

In China, Vogue broke even in its first year, capitalizing on the rise of the affluent classes there. “I don’t think we’d be too far behind in terms financial achievements albeit with a smaller model,” Mr Kuruvilla said of the Indian operation.

The launch of Vogue follows the entry into India of luxury retailers, such as Ermenegildo Zegna, the high-end Italian men’s wear company, and Hermès, the French luxury goods maker.  According to Mr Kuruvilla, India’s luxury retail market is ripe for a “tipping point”. It was only a matter of time before “it all explodes into a combination of the purchasing power, fuelled by mall access points and, most importantly, by the fact that there are so many of these luxury players coming in right now”.

On the other hand, as Ranjan Biswas, partner and head of retail with Ernst & Young, countered in the article, India first needs more high-end malls before the industry could take off. “I think as the high-end mall becomes a reality, luxury retailers will start to have more meaningful footfalls,” Mr Biswas added.  Maybe Vogue can invest in a Vogue-branded Mall as well.  Hasn´t Condé Nast International already started to dabble in the restaurant business?

Tyler Brûlé launched summer newspaper version of Monocle

Tyler Brûlé, editor of Monocle and self-appointed arbiter of cool, has launched a new summer offshoot of his monthly style magazine. He has produced what he is calling a summer newspaper, a 64-page broadsheet-sized read called Monocle Mediterraneo, whose first issue came out on July 29.

Edited by Monocle’s London-based team, the Monocle Mediterraneo newspaper features a mix of essays, reportage, interviews and fashion. The specially curated summer newspaper will be accompanied by the Summer Series, a weekly audio show that will be broadcast on Monocle.com with live music and debate on Fridays at 12.00 CET. Both in print and online, this latest Monocle media extension will become the ultimate accessory for summer relaxation. To order your copy online click here.

Clearly Brûlé, founder of Wallpaper* magazine, which he then sold to Time Inc., would like his well-heeled readers to pick the paper up as they swan around the Côte d’Azur and Sardinia.

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First Arabic edition of National Geographic to be published

Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) and the National Geographic Society have announced a partnership to publish the first Arabic-language version of National Geographic Magazine.

National Geographic Al Arabiya will provide readers in the region with greater access to National Geographic magazine’s award-winning features on geography, archaeology and natural science, as well as its iconic imagery of natural beauty from around the world. Complementing this global content, more than 20 percent of each issue will be generated locally, with unique features of particular relevance to regional readers. National Geographic Channels International & Abu Dhabi Media Company also broadcast the National Geographic Channel in Arabic across the Middle East.

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France: Prisma’s new management has many new magazine projects in the pipeline

As previously reported, the German magazine giants Axel Springer Verlag and Gruner + Jahr have teamed up for the first time to launch a new magazine concept called Voilà in France.  The French G+J subsidiary Prisma Presse has been in charge of editorial, development and ad sales whereas ASV France’s Publications Grand Public is the de facto publisher and distributor of the new celebrity title, which was introduced early July and comes out every other week.

Prisma has most likely been tapping editorial insights into its celebrity magazine division, which already publishes Closer, Gala and Voici.  And Springer is making good use of its tight relationship in the distribution area with France’s major supermarket chains where most of the French Springer mass titles (Télé Magazine, Vie pratique gourmand, Vie pratique madame, etc.) are sold.

And it’s apparently not the only innovation happening over at Prisma since the new managing tandem of General Director Pierre Riandet (from G+J HQ in Hamburg) and President Rolf Heinz (from G+J Mondadori in Milan), which replaced Fabrice Boé and Jean-Pierre Caffin at the end of 2009 in Paris. Indeed, the news & picture weekly VSD has been redesigned and will be published in a larger format (245 W x 332 L) from August 5 on, just as it was when the magazine started 23 years ago under founder Maurice Siegel.

Prisma also plans to adapt its successful trendy German magazine NEON for the French market with a possible test issue in 2011.  NEON is a news & lifestyle mag that caters to young urban people in their 20’s and 30’s for the most part.

Lastly, the G+J flagship title GEO will be redesigned as well in the near future (September/October 2010 supposedly).

German food and wine magazine “Der Feinschmecker” to turn 35 in September

The upscale German connoisseur magazine Der Feinschmecker, which is dedicated to international gastronomy, travel, food and wine will turn 35 in september. A special anniversary issue will come out on August 11 along with a free polybagged pocket-size “Restaurant Guide“.

Its German publisher, Jahreszeiten Verlag, also intends to promote this special issue with a b-to-b and b-to-c advertising campaign as well as several promotional events throughout Germany.

Sold for €6 per copy, Der Feinschmecker currently circulates 93 778 copies per month (IVW Audit,  1st quarter 2010) and is considered the most upscale amongst food and wine publications in Germany.  The 4CFP ad is listed at €16 900 on the official rate card.

Click to see Der Feinschmecker’s media kit online.

Singapore: Magazines Integrated successfully launched “epicure” magazine

Singapore-based Magazines Integrated Pte Ltd [m(int.)] has succesfully launched epicure magazine, a 120-page monthly food publication whose debut issue came out in April 2010.

Designed for bon vivants who share the belief that food is the ultimate universal language, epicure is on an enthusiastic quest to seek out the latest dining trends, sniff out remarkable wine vintages and uncover the dynamics and intricacies of the local and international culinary scene. Each month, the magazine will profile celebrity chefs and winemakers, showcase exclusive recipes for entertaining as well as highlight the latest destinations for well-travelled foodies. These insightful articles are complemented with lush, captivating photos to stimulate the senses. In addition, epicure will also have an active online presence. Readers can gain access to the epicure brand via its print magazine, interactive website and Facebook. In particular, the website will generate add-on interactive features to engage its online readers.

epicure has a circulation of 10000 copies and will be audited after one year of publication. The magazine will be available at major bookstores, newsstands, in hotels, and selected airlines and restaurants.  Cover price is S$8.50.