Publishing Industry Practices

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

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???