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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”).

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Axel Springer to launch new Hörzu spin-off focusing on home and country living in September

Axel Springer to launch new Hörzu spin-off called Hörzu Heimat (“Listen home” literally) whose debut is planned for September 1.  Hörzu is one of Germany’s most popular TV guides.

The bi-monthly science spinoff Hörzu Wissen (Wissen = Knowledge) led the way some years ago, now Hörzu Heimat will face the daunting task of repeating the success of Hörzu’s first spin-off.  The premier issue will focus on topics relating to Germany (the “Heimat”) and will be available in newsstands from September 1 on.

The 124-page issue will have a print run of 300 000 copies to start and management estimates to sell about 150 000.  The book will be available in newsstands for a two-month period at a cover price €3,50.  Axel Springer has already got committment from ten advertisers to be featured in the debut issue of Hörzu Heimat.

Hörzu Heimat won’t be your usual country living magazine. Instead, it wants to introduce its readers to a new, independent magazine format, which does not aim at competing directly with the recent wave of country magazine that launched in Germany like Mein Schönes Land and Landlust, as its editor Christian Hellmann explained.  The magazine seems to cater to Germans who love their country or Germanophiles worldwide.  Besides country-related topics, there are city- and travel-related topics like a feature on Munich’s renown Oktoberfest for instance.  Its editorial is split into the following sections: nature, good life, interiors, garden, food, wine, country people and the homeland ak.a. Germany.

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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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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.

Australia’s Pacific Magazines to launch new lifestyle mag “The Outdoor Room”

Pacific Magazines is to launch a new Australian lifestyle magazine called The Outdoor Room this September.  Fronted by Australian TV personality Jamie Durie and editor-in-chief, Wendy Moore, the new title will be the first Australian magazine focused on all aspects of outdoor lifestyle: from furnishings, renovations and decorations, budget makeovers, garden projects, to pets and wildlife, travel, food and entertaining.

Jamie Durie, says, “Now, more than ever, Australians are living, cooking, entertaining and relaxing with family and friends in their outdoor spaces – and they want that space to have all the style and comfort of their interiors. I have seen this market grow for years, and now the time is right, Australia is ready.”

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UK: “Yoga Magazine” to relaunch with June issue

Since its 2003 launch, Britains’s Yoga Magazine has developed a very strong readership, which is made up of mostly professional women, with an average age of 31, who are keen to improve their yoga, health and general fitness.

The publisher claims it will feature extensive and unrivalled coverage of the yoga and natural living lifestyle.  The new style layout will offer a wider range of editorial features which will satisfy the developing variety of the reader’s interests, including articles on health, beauty, fashion, green living, yoga poses, food, travel, reviews, and yoga for men.

Yoga Magazine will reportedly continue to be promoted at events across the UK and will also benefit from extensive advertising campaigns, the use of social networking sites, its website, and email / SMS alerts prompting readers to buy the new issue just prior to copies going on sale.

Yoga Magazine currently claims to reach 90 000 readers (80% female) in the UK only, althought the magazine is available worldwide.

Lonely Planet Magazine launched in Singapore

On May 3, BBC Magazines’ Lonely Planet Magazine launched a pan-Asian edition of the monthly travel title, based in Singapore. The magazine is published under licence following a partnership deal between BBC Magazines and Regent Media Pte.  Regent Media already publishes enthusiast publications covering automobile and sports like Wheels Asia, Golf Asia and Formula 1 and Football Weekly as well as glossy lifestyle niche titles like Escape and Food & Travel.

The debut issue of Lonely Planet Magazine  Singapore has a cover price of S$7.50 (€4.35) and the initial print run is 80 000. Edited by Joyceline Tully, the Asian edition of Lonely Planet Magazine, which is to publish bi-monthly, is on sale in selected territories throughout Asia, such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, and, of course, Singapore.

Lonely Planet Magazine first launched in the UK in November 2008 and quickly expanded to other markets. By the end of 2009, BBC Magazines had already launched six international editions of the magazine. Through agreements with local publishers, Lonely Planet Magazine currently has editions in Brazil, France, Spain, Argentina, the Philippines, India and now Singapore (pan-Asian).  BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, acquired its 75% stake in the Lonely Planet brand for £89m at the end of 2007.

For more information about the Singapore-based edition, click here.