Ed Kelly
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Express Publishing
Letter from the President

Welcome to the American Express Publishing website! As you navigate theses pages, you will see that our obsession with the luxury lifestyle goes way beyond our well-known magazine brands
Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Departures, Executive Travel, and Black Ink. We offer a diversified content portfolio of magazines, websites, international editions, custom publications, consumer and business-to-business events, affinity clubs, books, products, and services that celebrate life's greatest pleasures. Our readers and advertisers alike share our passion for bringing our content to life!

American Express Publishing produces authoritative lifestyle content that empowers affluent, primed consumers – and the businesses that serve them – to make informed decisions. We tell customers where to fly, what to try, and what to buy next. Through the lens of five multi-media brands — Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Departures, Executive Travel and Black Ink —content is available in magazines, digitally, on-air, on mobile devices, in branded books, through membership clubs, at events, and throughout over 70 countries with 25 editions in 9 languages. American Express Publishing is owned by Time Inc. Affluent Media Group, a division of Time Inc. Follow us on Twitter @amexpublishing.
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The American Express Publishing brands have established multiple charitable initiatives to raise public awareness and support for a diverse range of important causes. By leveraging the power of our brands, these ongoing efforts have been able to address issues as varied as increasing access to locally and sustainably grown foods and encouraging environmentally responsible travel. Some of our ongoing programs include:

Grow for Good

Grow for Good is Food & Wine’s national initiative dedicated to supporting local farms and encouraging sustainable agriculture. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June 2007, Food & Wine launched this national campaign to increase consumer access to locally and sustainably grown foods. Food & Wine has selected Wholesome Wave Foundation as its 2012 beneficiary and directs campaign efforts toward the expansion of the organization’s programs. > MORE

Global Vision Awards

Travel + Leisure's Global Vision Awards recognize people and organizations that have made significant contributions to the world’s natural and man-made treasures.  Since their inception in 2005, the Global Vision Awards cover the areas of sustainability, conservation, development, preservation, and leadership as they relate to the traveler’s world.  Categories include Sustainable Design, Environmental Innovation, Community Building, Marine Protection, Corporate Greening, Urban Renewal, Grassroots Outreach, and Eco Travel.
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1968 -

American Express Corporation acquires 31-year-old U.S. Camera & Travel; three years later, in 1971, it is renamed Travel + Leisure and goes on to become the world's leading travel magazine.

1978 -

Food & Wine, originally an editorial test within Playboy magazine, is acquired by the company and debuts with the May 1978 issue.

1980 -

American Express produces its first appointment book exclusively for American Express Cardmembers, moves it to the Publishing company, and the book goes on to become the largest calendar program of its kind in the world.

SkyGuide, a flight reference directory, premieres to serve the important audience segment of frequent business travelers.

1981 -

Travel + Leisure receives its first nomination as a General Excellence National Magazine award finalist by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), and later receives three subsequent nominations.

1982 -

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen launches. The epicurean brand's signature event brings together the world's foremost authorities on wine and food for three days of over 80 cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. In addition, over 300 wines and luxury lifestyle brands gather together in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, the epicenter of the event, to feature and sample their newest products. Food & Wine identifies the hottest culinary talent and trends and uses its industry connections to bring an all-star line-up and program to the Food & Wine Classic every year. The event now attracts 5,000 attendees as America's premier culinary event.

1984 -

American Express Publishing launches its first book series under the Food & Wine banner, bringing high quality cookbooks to epicureans with a discriminating palette. Today, the division has more than 12 books in print across multiple lifestyle categories. These titles are available at retail and direct business channels.

1985 -

Departures, the luxury lifestyle magazine, is launched as an exclusive benefit for American Express Platinum Card® and Centurion® members.

1986 -

Food & Wine receives its first nomination for an ASME National Magazine award for the Single Topic issue category.

1988 -

Food & Wine establishes its Best New Chefs awards at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. As of today, Food & Wine has named 250 Best New Chefs, many of whom have gone on to become household names, including including Thomas Keller, Thomas Collichio, and Daniel Boulud.

1993 -

American Express, the parent company of American Express Publishing, enters into a management services agreement with Time Inc., which enables American Express Publishing to benefit from the largest U.S. Publisher's vast publishing expertise, resources and relationships.

1995 -

Travel + Leisure kicks off its Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards platform which surveys readers on their favorite hotels, spas, airlines, cruise lines, outfitters, cities, and islands around the world.

1997 -

American Express Publishing launches websites for each magazine.

1998 -

American Express Publishing debuts Travel + Leisure Golf, which covers all the elements of the affluent golf lifestyle from top destinations and the world's best courses to golf fashion and the latest in equipment.

American Express Publishing also expands the Travel + Leisure brand with the debut of
Travel + Leisure Family, the first publication of its kind to speak to sophisticated parents who consider traveling with their children to be the ideal shared experience. Travel + Leisure Family continues its dedication to family travel as a supplement and as an online resource.

2000 -

American Express Publishing launches Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler, the first of seven affinity clubs that deliver extraordinary customer value and access across our multiple brands serving more than 450,000 club members.

2002 -

American Express Publishing launches its first international edition with Travel + Leisure en Espanol. Across the Travel + Leisure, Departures, and Food & Wine brands, we now have 24 editions that serve readers in more than 70 territories across the globe.

2004 -

Executive Travel magazine launches in May as the successor to the SkyGuide flight directory supplement Go. It serves over 100,000 business travelers as the definitive source for business travel information.

American Express Publishing unveils the first no-name magazine in the industry, created as an exclusive benefit for the elite American Express Centurion member. Three years later, in 2007, the company names this one-of-a-kind quarterly Black Ink.

2008 -

Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine join Facebook

2009 -

All American Express Publishing brands are on Twitter

2010 -

Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure's first editions launch on the iPad. Both currently have monthly digital editions on the Nook and Kindle Fire

Executive Travel joins Facebook

Amex Publishing joins Twitter @AmexPublishing

2011 -

Departures launches the Ultimate City Guides; ten digital guides containing editorially curated recommendations for hotels, restaurants, shopping, bars/lounges, museums and galleries

Inaugural Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar, a new kind of travel experience bringing together authentic sights, tastes, sounds and products from around the world into and immersive environment

Executive Travel releases editions for the Nook Color

As of December, American Express Publishing has 20 brand presences across social media platforms

2012 -

Travel + Leisure announced the first ever Social Media in Travel & Tourism Awards (SMITTYS), to honor the most innovative and effective uses of social media in the travel industry

Food & Wine announces the launch of Chefs Make Change, a coalition of ten superstar chefs with a goal to raise one million dollars for the chefs' charities

Food & Wine announces first-ever America's Best New Pastry Chefs program

Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin is inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America" hall of fame

Food & Wine Cocktail app launches for the iPad and iPhone

First issue of Departures Blackbook is released for the iPad

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen celebrates its 30th anniversary

2013 -

The July 2013 issue of Food & Wine marks the 25th anniversary of the pioneering Best New Chefs Awards

Time Inc. acquires American Express Publishing. The transaction was completed on October 1, 2013.

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