Once upon a time, exotic vacation travel was synonymous with postcards and rolls of camera film. These days, it’s aligned with the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Airbnb.
As part of that general trend, Bonnier has decided to shut down the print side of Islands magazine and a couple of smaller related publications. Final issues will roll out for November-December. Keith J. Kelly has the details:
The magazines were being run on a shoestring budget under editorial director Shawn Bean — who heads all the outdoor magazines that operate out of Bonnier’s Winter Park, Fla., base — and the corporate brand manager, Matt Hickman.
They undertook a major redesign of the magazines earlier this year, but it was not enough to lure back advertisers in the hard-hit travel category.
The other publications affected are Destination Weddings & Honeymoons and Caribbean Travel & Life. Kelly has a good quote from Bonnier USA CEO Eric Zinczenko; he writes that while Bean and Hickman will remain, about a half-dozen other staffers are losing their jobs as a result.