Travelhost Magazine Is No Longer “Americas #1 Travel Magazine” According To Their Website and Latest Reports…

January 15, 2014

Hello Everyone, and welcome to THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE.

 A recent comment posted on THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE prompted me to update my knowledge of what Travelhost Magazine has been up to recently.  According to the comment, Travelhost is down to roughly 30 markets, no longer prints magazines, and has been unable to sustain itself as “Americas #1 Magazine” as they have been known to boast over the four decades they have been in operation.

 Take a look:

“Here is an update. After many of the old guard retiring and leaving a new team is in place at Travelhost HQ. One with far less experience than their predecessors. Still beating the same drum, however. They have also shut down their in-house press so they now outsource printing. They are a glorified printing agent now. Website still a horror show. iPhone and iPad apps are an inoperable embarrassment. Can’t sell either apps to potential advertisers. They are down to roughly 30 markets. Not top tourists markets, mind you (only in two of top ten). At least two existing markets are against the ropes. I have to hand it to Jim Buerger. Smart guy. Knows when to take the money and run.”

“Disen Franchised”

 THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE does not know the identity of the poster, nor the validity of the comments, so I was hoping that someone from Travelhost Magazine headquarters could comment as to whats going on.  Anyone willing to do that?

Also, according to the Travelhost Magazine website, they no longer label themselves “Americas #1 Travel Magazine,” instead calling themselves “The Premier Destination Resource.”  Wonder what that means?

Take a look:

Here are some questions that come to mind, that I’m sure our readers would be interested in:

1. Mr. Schroeder, is everything OK with Travelhost?  And, what opportunities do you believe Travelhost and it’s Associate Publishers have moving forward considering the state of affairs this poster suggests?

2. Have you decided to change the business model yet, and stop ripping people off, before Travelhost Magazine disappears completely off the map?

3. Is Travelhost Magazine still charging the same rates for “publishing” (production and printing) as before, now that you’re purportedly subcontracting out the printing portion?

4. Does Travelhost Magazine have plans to include iPhone and Android applications with their business model that work?  An operable, up to date website?

5. Does Travelhost Magazine have plans to increase its penetration in major markets, and aim for the once touted “Americas #1 Travel Magazine” again?

6. What value is left at this point, for both the Associate Publisher or the Advertiser when it comes to Travelhost Magazine? 

I could go on and on with this line of questioning, but I think the direction is clear:  Travelhost Magazine is starting to reap that of which it has sowed for the past 4 decades.

What is Travelhost Magazine going to do survive, now that ripping off unsuspecting entrepreneurs doesn’t seem to work anymore?



 PS…I don’t believe it’s too late to change. 

I (and many others) have said it before, and I’ll say it again…Travelhost Magazine can have tremendous value, if the owner was open minded enough to consider changing the business model from capitalizing on it’s associates, to one that capitalizes on growth and market penetration.  With that comes profitable associates and advertising dollars for everyone including the owner…a win-win-win.

Will The New Owner Of Travelhost Magazine Finally Put An End To Almost 5 Decades Of The Ripoff?

November 19, 2013

Hello Everyone,

The Publishers Advocate here…hope this posting finds everyone well!  

As many of you are probably aware by now, Jim Buerger has “sold” Travelhost after almost 5 decades of ripping off entrepreneurs:

If you click the link and scroll down, you’ll find the announcement.

So the question of the decade is…will Mr. Schroeder finally put an end to almost 5 decades of ripping off entrepreneurs?

A quick google search of “Travelhost Magazine” reveals that someone at Travehost Headquarters has finally decided that all the covering up of search results was not needed anymore.  

Does this mean they’re finally going to deal with the truth and start fixing the problem?

I suppose only time will tell.  

Personally, I am hoping for the best.  I believe the new guy can take Travelhost to entirely new level than Jim Buerger could ever dream of…for obvious reasons.

All it will take is, well, everything discussed within the pages of this blog…and then some?

I’d like to wish Mr. Shroeder the best, and welcome any comments from him and his staff as to how they’re going to fix the Travelhost ripoff after all these years.

Many of our readers would love to know.



Happy Holidays From The Publisher’s Advocate…It’s Almost Time For The Annual ” Travelhost Magazine Markets That Failed This Year Memorial” Posting and We Need Your Help!

December 7, 2012

Hello Everyone,

I hope that everyone has had a happy, healthy, and productive 2012!

As the year winds down, and the weather cools off here in New York, it’s time to start gathering statistics for the annual memorial to those Travelhost Magazine markets that died in 2012..

I suspect there are a few new ones, a few that passed away, and some that have held on yet another year.

IF anyone out there should have any information that might he helpful in assembling this post, please forward it over.

I have accumulated some interesting news over the past few months, and will share some things with you shortly.  Until then, have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!!


PS> I would like to again remind everyone that the annual memorial post is not published with the intention of hurting anyone.  My hope is that it will serve as a reminder to all past and present Associate Publishers of Travelhost Magazine, as well as James Buerger, John Price, and the rest of the folks at Travelhost Magazine that the business plan does not work and you know it.  Furthermore, the post should serve as informational due diligence for prospective publishers looking to buy into the Travelhost Franchise System.

Please also be reminded that a “failed market” is not just a puff of smoke in some small town USA point of interest, it’s a failed BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY.  A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY that some entrepreneur paid TRAVELHOST MAGAZINE more than $60K to get into, spent many hours working, only to be suffocated by the very franchised business model they bought into.  This is the death of a business, many times the death of relationships, the start of bankruptcies, divorces, loss of homes, and perhaps most importantly the loss of confidence in believing that you can actually run a business.

When a Travelhost Magazine market fails, everyone in the system experiences failure.  Current Associate Publishers feel it, employees of Travelhost feel it…no one wins.  Not even Jim Buerger!

Families are left to pick up the pieces.

Very sad.  I just don’t get it.

That’s why I post this year after year, and will continue to do so until the situation is fixed.

Happy Holidays~

Some Recent Travelhost Magazine Accomplishments That Have Been Noticed by The Publisher’s Advocate…

July 20, 2012

Hello Everyone,

I know it’s been a while, and I wanted to post today to let everyone know that we’re still keeping our collective fingers on the pulse of Travelhost Magazine.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that NOT MUCH is going on at all.

In fact, after perusing the cumbersome Travelhost Magazine website, it seems that Travelhost themselves have given up on trying to make it look like they’re “America’s Number One Travel Magazine” all together!

I guess they’re not number one in America anymore, because it just says “The #1 Travel Magazine.”  Yet, when you Google “Travel Magazine,” they don’t even come up in the search.  

Wierd, isn’t it?

So what does #1 mean? Is it like ordering off of a takeout menu? 

“I’ll have the #1 please?”

Sounds like crap if you ask me.

Maneuvering the Travelhost website is still a nightmare.  The user interface hasn’t changed since day one of the beta site 5 years ago.  I couldn’t find any useable information about any major city in the country without clicking at least a dozen times, and the end result is a digital version of the magazine.  Nothing interactive, nothing that jumps out and says “use me to find what you’re looking for!”

Page counts are down across the board for the most part, “Super Eli Mertens” being down to a meager 48 pages.  I wonder if Eli is still getting $1500 per page like he says he was just a couple short years ago?

We would love to hear from you, if you’re out there Eli!

David Portener from Palm Springs California is also down to 48 pages…talk to me, Dave.  What’s good in Palm Springs?  

We would love to hear your perspective on the progress of Travelhost since your sudden departure from CMO a few years ago.

And, why is it that Travelhost can’t be found in any of the major cities across the country? Type in just about any popular destination you can think of…and…well, nothing comes up!

Actually, something does come up.  Its an advertisement to join the Travelhost Franchise:

A 40 page digital publication which cover touts “Imagine the possibilities….Freedom, Lifestyle, Independence.” 

A nice message from Jim Buerger, and pages and pages of testimonials from happy entrepreneurs who have made a success out of Travelhost?

They all say “I LOVE WHAT I DO!

I wonder if “loving what you do” means misleading potential investors into thinking that Travelhost has a successful business model they should pay northwards of $60K to get into?

I wonder if “loving what you do” includes perhaps being someday LIABLE for aiding Jim Buerger and Travelhost Magazine in scamming entrepreneurs all over America?

I don’t see anything in there about the 95% FAILURE RATE for Travelhost Associate Publishers?

I don’t see anything in there from anyone about Travelhost being a FRANCHISE that doesn’t disclose any investor information?

And, I don’t see anything in this advertisement about PROOF of success in ANY market?

It seems to me, THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE, that absolutely NOTHING has changed at Travelhost Magazine at all.

More lies, more deception, and more luring of innocent entrepreneurs led to believe that Travelhost has a 45 year successful track record.



It just doesn’t add up.



PS…THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE again would like to invite Travelhost Magazine to the discussion to clarify some of these issues.

Maybe we’ve made a mistake, and would like to clear things up.

The Travelhost Magazine FRANCHISE Business Opportunity Proves “Unprofitable” For Even The NON-PROFIT Sector?

February 15, 2012

Is that even possible?

Apparently so!

From an article  published online last week, it seems as if Travelhost Magazine allowed an Associate Publisher in California with a FAILING market, to transfer (sell) the rights to their FAILING “business opportunity” to an unsuspecting NON-PROFIT agency!

According to this article, Travelhost Magazine, AND the failing Associate Publisher, allowed this transfer/sale to take place knowing that the failure rate in this business opportunity is nearly 100%?

Take a look:

Apparently, the Central Coast California edition of Travelhost Magazine was transferred to an agency called “Options” that  is “dedicated to helping people with disabilities achieve their goals, dreams and rightful place as full citizens of their communities.”



Yeah…Take a look:

So, if Ferris Ferdon (and all others before him) couldn’t make it…why do they think people with: head injuries, developmental disabilities, hearing loss, autism, and other neurological impairments would be able to be successful at such an enterprise?

Surely the “Number 1 Travel Publication in America” should have stopped this type of a transfer, no?

I find it incredibly disturbing that even a guy like Jim Buerger (who’s been robbing entrepreneurs blind for nearly 45 years) would allow a such a transfer of a Travelhost Magazine FRANCHISE to take place like this.

According to the Options website, this is a place that provides “residential living services, rehabilitation therapy, and vocational training services to individuals with head injuries, developmental disabilities, hearing loss, autism, and other neurological impairments.”


The article goes on to say:  

“That means the Central Coast edition of the magazine — which as of 2009 was placed in more than 5,500 rooms in 80 local hotels and was supported by more than 150 advertisers — is now defunct.

The magazine, which is featured in cities across the country, started its local franchise in 2003. The rising cost of print had pushed previous publisher Ferris Ferdon to shut down operations in mid-2009.”

So Ferris Ferdon couldn’t make this “business opportunity” work because of the outrageous printing prices….so he figured, lets throw this albatross around a non-profit’s neck??

And Travelhost Magazine rubber stamps the deal just to keep another market alive?

Further on in the article:

“Options Chief Executive Mike Mamot took over the venture in 2010 with hopes it would generate revenue and provide job opportunities for the people with disabilities the organization serves.”

Provide jobs, sure!

At what cost?

And, to whom?

“However, it proved unprofitable, said Options Marketing Director Jacqueline Delaney. After less than a year of ownership, Options could not find a buyer and decided to let the project go.”

Hmmm, interesting, that’s about when most entrepreneurs throw in the towel.  It seems like this “Business Opportunity” they call Travelhost Magazine works out the same for just about everyone.


Even for non-profits, such as Options, who are trying to provide jobs to disadvantaged people.

Way to go Travelhost Magazine and Jim Buerger!


PS> Don’t be surprised to see a story like this on 60 Minutes one day.  Despite Travelhost Magazine’s ability to get away with this type of stuff for almost 45 years, it’s only a matter of time until this company is brought to justice.

Stories like this become “VIRAL,” and are one day sure to make millions of readers/viewers…”SICK.”

A Travelhost Magazine Virtual Memorial For Those Markets That “Died” In 2011…Things Are Not Getting Any Better.

February 8, 2012

Contrary to what the folks at Travelhost might think of me, I don’t like having to post this information year after year.

It really is sad, and it doesn’t have to be.

Before I get into the list of markets that “died” in 2011, I’d like to mention a few things:

1. This memorial list is a “living and breathing” document. This list may not be complete, and may contain inaccurate information. As always, all it takes is one email or phone call to THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE to make a change to this list!

2. I know that calling this list a “living and breathing document” sounds strange, since it’s a “memorial for markets that died,” but this is a list of very SMART and CAPAPBLE entrepreneurs, and these people are not “dead” in any sense of the word. Their markets are dead, most likely because of the Travelhost business model (boasting it’s 95+% FAILURE RATE). Every one of these people who were taken advantage of by Travelhost must now continue to live their lives, and not only find another business or job, but pick up the pieces from their now BROKEN financial life. Not an easy task, my friends…

3. I’ ve been contacted by many Ex and Current AP’s over the last few years. The choice to do something about this scam is, and always has been, the ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER’S. You don’t have to accept this treatment from your “franchisor.” Many have left Travelhost, freeing themselves from the chains that nearly destroyed their businesses. And they’re making money now…go figure!

Rumor has it that even some of Jim Buerger’s favorite Associate Publishers are seeking ways to avoid the print cost ripoff.

Now, I would never suggest a “Travelhost Magazine Revolt,” but if you’re reading this blog…take a look around.  Doing nothing about this helps no one.

Anyway, without further ado, in no particular order, the Travelhost markets that failed in 2011…may they rest in peace:

28 markets lost in 2011:
Brazos Valley TX
Cancun MEX
Central Coast CA
Central Illinois IL
Central NE Louisiana LA
Central Pennsylvania PA
Charleston SC
Cincinnati/Dayton OH
Columbus OH
Detroit MI
Indianapolis IN
Inland Empire CA
Louisville KY
Lower Alabama AL
Maine ME
Mid-Michigan MI
Montana Glacier Country MT
Monterrey MEX
Napa/Sonoma CA
Nature Coast FL
NE Mississippi MS
NE Tennessee & SW VA TN
Oklahoma City OK
Orange County CA
Rio Grande Valley TX
Tampa FL
Tulsa OK
Virginia Beach VA

So, it appears that Travelhost Magazine has lost 110 markets over the last four years…leaving them no more than 50 or so markets nationally.

At this pace they’ll be gone in two years if they can’t sucker some more investors into buying into the FRANCHISE, no?

Welcome to “America’s Number One Travel Magazine!”


PS>Interesting point…Travelhost has been losing markets, but Getaway Magazine has been gaining markets…take a look!

PPS> Up next…Travelhost Magazine authorizes a transfer to a NON-PROFIT company???


Could A Recent Court Decision Against Travelhost Magazine’s Non-Compete Agreement Be The Beginning Of The End For Travelhost?

December 5, 2011


I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, and is looking forward to a happy and successful holiday season ahead!

I know it’s been a while since my last post, and I wanted to get back in the saddle by talking about a question that I’ve probably been asked a hundred times in the last couple of years:

“Is the Travelhost Magazine non-compete enforceable, and why?

Well, as you all know, I’m not an attorney…nor do I give legal advice.  I have, however, talked to many attorneys about this…and they all have something different to say:

“It depends.”

Most say that it’s not enforceable, depending on what state you operate in, and that there are many good reasons why it’s no good.

Some people claim that the AP’s are not in the same business as Travelhost, as the AP’s make money from selling ads…and Travelhost makes money from printing.

Some claim that there are no proprietary methods worth protecting used in the process, and some claim that it’s unlawful to deprive someone from earning a living without proving irreparable harm.

Most claim that Travelhost forced the Associate Publishers out of business, defaulting on their contract to begin with…rendering the non-compete portion irrelevant.

I’m not posting today to argue any one of these particular defenses.

THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE is here to bring you the Travelhost Magazine  information and news you need, to make the right decisions.

As most of you are aware, many Travelhost Magazine Associate Publishers have left the mothership, and have started magazines on their own.  Some have joined forces to create a national magazine, some have gone independent in their own areas of the country.

This is no secret.

One thing all of these entrepreneurs have in common…they’re now much better off, AND…

They are all actually profitable now!

This is ALSO proof that the “Travelhost Magazine Business Opportunity” is a failure.

But, I digress.

Since all of these smart entrepreneurs have left, Travelhost has not been happy, needless to say.  Travehost has filed for temporary injunctions in an attempt to shut them down, so they have no way to continue to support their families.

That makes me sick.

There is some good news, though.

(Just because I’m not blogging every day, doesn’t mean I’m not watching.)

A quick google search and a few lucky clicks have landed me smack dab in the middle of some really interesting information:

Travelhost Magazine was DENIED a temporary injunction for one of the people who left!

This is great news for everyone in the Travelhost network, as well as those who left!  I’d be surprised if anyone stayed, knowing this…

See, in order for Travelhost to be awarded a temporary injunction stopping these people from publishing, they had to prove irreparable harm was done to their company.

Travelhost Magazine failed to prove this.


Because they can’t.  

They can’t, because any irreparable harm they may be experiencing, isn’t coming from people who left Travelhost to go independent (or me, despite what they’d like to believe), it’s coming from their own business model!

The very business model that Mr. James Buerger created 43 years ago.

I suspect that others will leave in droves now, and that other temporary injunctions will not fly.  I also suspect that Travelhost will be chasing it’s tail, trying to punish more people who suffered irreparably under the very system they bought into for $60k.

Some “business opportunity,” eh?

Could this be the beginning of the END of Travelhost Magazine?

I don’t know, but I do know that what goes around, comes around…

I wish these people who left (and are now leaving Travelhost) much luck and success in the near future, and hope that Travelhost Magazine changes their business model before it’s too late.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again:

Why doesn’t Travehost Magazine spend money fixing it’s broken business model, instead of suing entrepreneurs who are trying to earn a living to support their families?


PS> I think it would be far more profitable building a national magazine with 3-400 publishers across the country.  A magazine with this penetration could be in 75% of the hotel rooms in the country, and demand top dollar for an advertisement.  Kind of like what Getaway Magazine is going to do over time.

I suppose there’s no fun unless your stealing from someone, huh Jimbo?

PPS> Another Associate Publisher throws in the towel…maybe we’ll get an interview with him for the next post?

Is There A Class Action Lawsuit on The Horizon For Travelhost Magazine, James Buerger, and Their General Council John Price?

October 18, 2011

A communication was sent to me a few days ago, by an ex-associate publisher of Travelhost Magazine, in conjunction with other ex-associates who may be considering a class-action lawsuit against Travelhost Magazine, James Buerger, and general council John Price.  I said I would help to relay the message, as we have hundreds of readers here at THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE. Many of our readers are ex-associate publishers, and current ones as well, who may be affected by this information.

I would like to remind my readers that I am not a lawyer, nor do I give legal advice.  It is the duty of THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE, as a news source, to relay this information, unadulterated, in its original form…the way it was sent to me.

Take a look:


To: All current and former Travelhost Associate Publishers, and current and former national and regional advertisers.

We represent a group of current and former Travelhost Associate Publishers and are considering a law suit against Travelhost Magazine, Travelhost Inc, its Chairman of the board and CEO Jim Buerger, and it’s General Counsel John Price.

We believe that Travelhost has deliberately and knowingly mislead, misinformed and fraudulently induced a number of individuals during the sales and selection process of Associate Publishers and that Travelhost Inc, has knowingly and deliberately mislead, misrepresented and fraudulently induced hundreds of former and current national and regional advertisers to advertise in Travelhost Magazine. It is our opinion that John Price, Travelhost General Counsel, in concert with Jim Buerger has knowingly devised and prepared the necessary documents and marketing strategies and schemes that allowed and encouraged the continuing practice of fraudulently inducing new distributors and associate publishers into the Travelhost network and has thus implicated himself as a co-conspirator in what we believe to be the unlawful misrepresentation of the Travelhost distributorship and optional associate publisher business model as well as the misleading and misrepresented value of placing  national or regional advertisements in Travelhost Magazine.

Our primary grievances include, but are not limited to, come from the “Optional Associate Publishers Agreement”:

Items 2 & 3:

AP shall be entitled to advertising space for use or sale:

We believe that most of you were clearly advised that by purchasing the optional Associate Publisher agreement you would have “$75,000 credit towards the National and/or Regional ad space and that this was the way to “recoup your entire investment” You were probably advised that Travelhost had been printing nationally for 40 +/- years and that many national advertisers were eager to advertise in such a well respected and widely read publication. Some of you were told that Travelhost had a list of national advertising clients waiting for national and regional ad space to become available to them and that Travelhost policy was to allow the AP’s to utilize their unsold ad space and the Associate Publisher would keep all the revenue

The reality that most of you faced was that Travelhost, Inc rarely if ever sells national ads and certainly not at Travelhost rate card pricing and that it was nearly impossible for an AP to do so because Travelhost could not and would not provide accurate, legitimate readership and distribution statistics that are advertising industry recognized, thus causing the promise of reward to be without merit

In addition, to this day Travelhost, after 43 years of operation, has failed to provide ANY type of sales or presentation materials or guidelines or even an honest and clear explanation of the process to the Associate Publisher to have and use to honestly and fairly present the value to a prospective national or regional advertiser. They have never to our knowledge provided even the most basic presentation materials that would allow an AP to even understand the national and regional print cycle nor even an example of what Travelhost, Inc includes as a sales presentation to national or regional advertisers. We believe that Travelhost has knowingly and deliberately induced, by misrepresentation and omission, each Associate Publisher to either commit or attempt to commit fraud on behalf of Travelhost, Inc and we believe that this omission constitutes a level of deceit and misrepresentation to the AP as well as the advertiser. Collectively, after many interviews with former and current associate publishers we have come to believe that Travelhost has misrepresented and exaggerated the value of this and by including it as an enticement to spend the additional $30,000 required for the “optional associate publisher agreement” Travelhost has committed an act of fraud. We believe that Travelhost has offered what the Federal Trade Commission defines as a “Phantom Opportunity”

We are aware of the many advertisers seen in the national and regional sections of your magazines. We estimate the greatest percentage are placed by the AP’s at a drastically reduced price from the published rates found in  the Travelhost National Media Kit which is what Travelhost recommends and in fact insists they themselves do not discount.

Item 5-b

Ad revenue sharing:

We believe that Travelhost, by including the language detailing the commissions to be paid to AP for advertising sold into their market, have suggested that this actually occurs. Collectively, after many interviews with former and current associate publishers we have concluded that this sort of cross-selling does not and has not occurred to the level that it should have been touted as having any value whatsoever. Another “Phantom Opportunity”

Item 6:

Publication discount, Associate Publisher shall be entitled at all times to wholesale pricing:

We are aware that Travelhost has claimed, and testified that their definition of “wholesale pricing” is that the Travelhost pricing schedule identified as “wholesale pricing” is  less than what Travelhost’s  pricing schedule for “retail pricing” is and is therefore “wholesale pricing”. Using the Travelhost formula for definitions, we assume that Travelhost could and may have decided that round is really square, or that blue is now red, or that fraud is now honorable.  It has already been established that Travelhost ‘wholesale” is half of what retail commercial printers will bill for at least equal quality product. We believe that Travelhost testified that they are the ONLY printer in America that will print a magazine and provide the “extras’ such as providing proofs, making sure that the images and text all fit on the page, and providing links to generic information on the web and arranging webinars that help publishers with their publication, and that these services somehow makes them a publisher, not a printer, because no other commercial printer will do these things. We already have a number of commercial printers eager and willing to testify and have provided documentation showing that they do all of these things, and more. They charge retail, which is generally half of what Travelhost charges for their printing services which include the “extras”. Collectively, after many interviews with former and current associate publishers we have concluded that the onerous printing prices represented by Travelhost as “wholesale” have been the leading cause of failure to successfully build a profitable business and in most cases has driven you in to bankruptcy. Furthermore we believe  that   there is a best marginal value to the promise of regional/national ad sales and that there is absolutely no value to the commission sharing scheme represented by Travelhost and that the additional $30,000 for the “optional” Associate Publishers agreement promises “wholesale publishing pricing” which does not occur. We believe and intend to prove in a court of law that Travelhost has knowingly, willfully and deliberately set forth to collect the additional $30,000 with the historical facts proving that Travelhost knew and knows that it would take on average 4.5 years for an AP to recoup the additional $30,000 through the discounted pricing, and that historical data will prove that Travelhost clearly recognizes and knows that rarely does a Travelhost associate publisher even stay in business that long!

Intellectual Property:

We know that each market shown to be represented by Travelhost on the Travelhost website, is either a market that is still in production and printing a magazine or that the market has gone out of business and is in actuality not a market being represented by Travelhost with the  majority of the markets shown being “dark” markets. Each market, whether “dark” or live; contain the last or current issue of the Travelhost Magazine that was printed in that market. Travelhost has testified that they, Travelhost Inc, own ALL materials submitted to Travelhost to be printed in each market. The maps you bought and paid for, all images and photographs, the ads you or your client paid to be designed, the feature articles you wrote or paid for are according to Travelhost their property. There is no compensation to either the former or current associate publishers for use of any of this intellectual property. We believe  the Travelhost scheme is to secure enough intellectual property, via the “publication builder” to render the associate publishers and distributors “without value” in the plan to devise and promote  as a web based travel publication featuring booking, packaging and advertising opportunities for the sole use and profit of Travelhost, Inc. According to sworn testimony by Travelhost, Inc, the matter of intellectual rights is spelled out to you in their “Production Manual” and by virtue of you receiving the “Production Manual” you have agreed to these terms. We have thoroughly reviewed several Travelhost Production Manuals as well as each version of “Distributorship Agreements” and “Optional Associate Publisher Agreement” and find no language pertaining to the relinquishment of your intellectual property and believe that you are due considerable monetary compensation for its use by Travelhost, Inc and

Franchise Laws

Further, we believe that most of the states represented by former or current distributors and associate publishers will find that Travelhost is in violation of state franchise laws and we are positive that they have violated the spirit of the federal franchise laws. We intend to pursue this vigorously. We are aware that Travelhost tries very hard to hide the fact that they have crossed the threshold of being a franchise, but the courts have already upheld, in some states, that Travelhost has and is in violation of franchise laws. Probably another fact they failed to mention to you.

We have complete confidence that Travelhost has no justifiable defense or precedent to exonerate them from what we believe to be egregious acts of fraud and misrepresentation. There is precedent and it is a fact that Travelhost has already been found guilty of such fraud and misrepresentation and have settled cases with former associate publishers requiring plaintiffs to agree to a non disclosure statement effectively keeping these facts hidden.

We are certain that many of you have joined the Travelhost network and lost your entire investment, after Travelhost had already been found guilty of fraud and that you were not informed that you were spending $60,000 to be part of a brand that was operating and indeed recruiting you under circumstances very similar if not identical to what they were found guilty of.

  National and Regional Advertisers ripped off

We are sending this to all current and past national and regional advertisers because we believe you were and are victims of fraud and misrepresentation  in that you’ve  purchased a national advertisement in Travelhost Magazine naturally assuming  that by paying $36,000 for a full page national ad  or whatever price the associate publisher or Travelhost Inc, could sell it for, were actually going to have their ad in ALL Travelhost markets, nationally, when in reality the ad would run in a maximum of one-third of the publishing markets. The only way to actually have an ad in all Travelhost magazines the advertiser would be required to purchase a minimum of three months of ads, and in some cases four months, a verified fact that many advertisers were unaware of. We are convinced that there no advertisers who would knowingly pay for a “national ad” that was not actually in a national publication, nationally!

 We are currently gathering contact information for all past and current national/regional advertisers in Travelhost Magazine

As a note of caution; Travelhost has recently testified that if a National or Regional advertiser were to challenge the scheme and sue for reimbursement for their ad dollars that the AP who sold the ad would be liable for those damages and re-imbursements, NOT Travelhost, Inc. We intend to seek damages sufficient for ALL associate publishers who may have sold any regional or national ad space to reimburse any advertiser whose challenge to the representation of readership and distribution cannot be satisfied and for advertisers who are part of this suit to be paid directly from forthcoming settlements, if any.

We believe and it is our opinion that as a former or current Travelhost associate publisher you are owed damages at minimum

1. One-half of what you spent on printing with Travelhost. We encourage you to add those numbers up.

2. Your entire $30,000 spent for the Optional Associate Publishers agreement.

3. Considerable punitive damages: the amount of punitive damages, if any is determined by a jury of your peers.

4. an undetermined but substantial amount based on the unauthorized use of intellectual property, likely to be part of punitive damages determined by a jury

We fully expect that Travelhost will challenge each and every claim we are making but send this with extreme confidence that Travelhost has no desire or ability to mount a credible defense when there are at least 100 former and current associate publishers willing to testify to the facts as presented in this letter of notice. We further believe that Travelhost has no desire to attempt to justify to the vast number of national and regional advertisers they have mislead and misrepresented themselves to.

We believe that we have many things in our favor.

We have the truth, we have the facts, we have documentation, we have investigative journalists and reporters in the media and press that are eager to learn more and anxious to publicize their findings, and we have Travelhost with a clear track record of what we believe to be fraudulent operations over many years, and we have many of you who will be part of this fight for justice.

If you are in agreement with any of these assertions and feel as though you too were fraudulently induced into the Optional Associate Publishers agreement or that your market was not profitable because of the onerous printing costs which were represented as “Wholesale”, and that if your printing costs were half what you paid Travelhost until you went broke that you would have been profitable and probably still in business, or that you are now struggling to meet the print costs charged by Travelhost, or that you would like to add considerable profit to your business by paying “fair market” pricing for your printed materials than please contact THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE or Randy Duplecion. We will gather all contacts and comments to be delivered to the legal team selected to handle the “multi-plaintiff complaint.

If you have purchased either “National” or “Regional” ads to be placed in Travelhost Magazines it is very likely that you have reimbursements and damages due to you as well, you too may contact us

If you feel as though the allegations detailed in this memo are truthful and if you desire to stop Travelhost from continuing these predatory practices I urge you to contact the FTC and the Attorney General of your state and to also write a letter to your congressional representative to file an official report and complaint. We also suggest you consider joining us in this lawsuit.



PS>I can be contacted via email by clicking the “Uncle Sam” icon to the right of your screen, or by clicking here.

Do All Travelhost Magazine Associate Publishers Receive The “Glad To Have You With Us” Treatment? OR, Just A Select FEW?

October 12, 2011

I’ve always had a little bit of doubt as to whether Jeff Loudon shut down his blog that exposed Travelhost Magazine for its frauds because of threats of litigation from Travelhost or because he was compensated by Travelhost for it’s wrongdoing to him.

Go to “Yakima”as a destination in the website and take a look at his magazine:

Take a look at the top right-hand portion of the cover, and look at the dates…It says “October to April” for the next issue.

That’s six months folks!!

I was pretty sure he got that same deal for the last two years too, but it wasn’t ON THE COVER like it is now!

Talk about rubbing it in the faces of the current Associate Publishers?  OR, “Travel Host’s” as Buerger likes to call them.

That tells me that Mr. Jeff Loudon is SAVING himself a TON of money by printing one less issue than everyone else.

Before he went silent with me regarding Travelhost Magazine a couple of years ago, after operating a blog that was similar to mine, Jeff said he would accept either:

1) a sizable chunk of money from Travelhost Magazine for its wrongsdoings, OR

2) a drastically better deal for printing going forward.

My guess is that he got a deal that is a heck of a lot better than the rest of the Associate Publishers at Travelhost Magazine.

You see, I believe Travelhost will in fact be fair to people, like Jeff Loudon that have the nerve to stand up to them.

How many of the rest of the northern, namely “cold winter” markets get to skip a $15,000 useless printing in January?

For that matter, how does a guy painted by Buerger as “being a total failure because of a “highly negative attitude” continue in business for years in a small northern market?

I mean, lets face it, if major metro markets like Chicago can’t seem to make it…how does Yakima (wherever the heck that is) make it?

A special deal.  That’s how.

I think Jeff Loudon, like the other Travelhost “cheerleaders,” (think Portenor, Durant, Eli and Ina) is one of the lucky few selected for extremely preferential treatment by Jim Buerger.

I don’t know how or why the rest of the Associates of Travelhost put up with this.

Anyone have any ideas?


PS> If you’re one of the select few, who get the preferential treatment from Travelhost, and you would like to share how you attained that status…let us all know.  We’d be glad to have you with us…

Travelhost Magazine Appoints VP of Marketing…Brenda Freeman Cantrell Returns to Travelhost?

October 6, 2011

Is this woman insane?

Why would anyone in their right mind sign up for the Vice President of Marketing spot at Travelhost Magazine?

Does she even KNOW what she’s potentially getting herself into?  Is her salary worth a stint in a Federal Prison?

Fraud is ABOUND in the Travelhost Marketing Department!  Just ask David Portener!

Take a look at Dave’s replacement:

Evidently, Buerger must have gotten himself a “fall-woman,” to throw under the bus when the Feds come-a-knockin’ at the door?

In this PR release, Buerger is quoted:  “Many TRAVELHOST Associates will remember Brenda during her tenure from the mid-80s to mid-90s.”


How many Associates do you have left from the mid-80s to mid-90s Jim?

8 maybe?

Not a whole lot, for “Americas Number 1 Travel Magazine.”

Just goes to show what a 95% FAILURE RATE will do to a company over the years.

Sorry, I digress….

Anyway, THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE will be keeping a close eye on the marketing materials coming out of Dallas for the “Travelhost Magazine Opportunity” and “Associate Publisher Development,” as well as the materials used to market “Regional and National Advertising space.”

Seems as if there are many ADVERTISERS that have been defrauded by Travelhost as well, not just associate publishers.  See, in order to sell these regional and national ads, many advertisers have been given some exceedingly exaggerated stats regarding the actual reach of “America’s Number 1 Travel Magazine.”

I’m sure they’ll all be accurate and truthful now, especially with all of the legal action taking place throughout the country…once these entrepreneurs get into the courtroom, you never know what they’ll say or do.

For those not aware, take a look:

See, with all of this stuff going on, and all of the people watching what Travelhost Magazine is up to…Jim Buerger picked an interesting time to add some brass to the Travelhost family.

Maybe Travelhost has decided to change their 43 year old practice of scamming entrepreneurs, advertisers and themselves…and start over?

I’d be surprised, but hey…you never know.


PS> Is there a class-action lawsuit on the horizon for Travelhost Magazine, Mr. James Buerger and it’s general council, Mr. John Price?  Stay tuned to THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE to find out!