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October 13, 2014 Corporate, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Morris Media Network, a US-based, mid-tier print and digital publishing house, has established a presence in Sydney to create Australia’s largest travel-specialist newsstand, custom and guidebook publisher.

As part of a global expansion into Australasia and the Asia Pacific region, Morris Media Network has acquired Vacations and Travel Magazine, a quarterly travel publication established 31 years ago, previously owned and edited by Anthony Gallagher, of Global Publishing Pty Ltd.

Morris Media Netowrk, to be known locally as Morris Media Network Australia (MMNA), has also purchased Where publications – Where Sydney, Where Melbourne and Where Brisbane – from Tony Hutton’s Carrington Publishing.

As part of the deals, Anthony Gallagher has been appointed General Manager of MMNA, which will take over Carrington Publishing’s operations. Tony Hutton will be a director of the new entity.

“Vacations and Travel Magazine fits into the cycle of content that MMN specializes in – their strategy is to engage people both online and offline at every stage of the travel decision and journey,” Gallagher said.

“They believed Vacations and Travel Magazine married aspirational with practical content and sold the dream that made people want to travel,” he said.

One of MMN’s first steps will be to progress the development of Vacations and Travel titles for other parts of the world. This includes creation of a US version with an intended initial print run of 400,000.

“MMN’s intention is to build Vacations and Travel Magazine into an internationally branded mainstream print and online publication,” Gallagher said.

“This will open up the magazine to new readers and create new value for advertising partners.”

Morris Media Network serves 11 international markets with digital and print media, including 12 daily newspapers, 30 non-daily publications and 150 other printed products including magazines and specialty publications. Its cornerstone travel title is Where which, after 76 years, is available in print, web, mobile and tablet versions. In addition to its Australian publications, Where’s many titles include local versions for Washington, London, Singapore, St Petersburg, Rome, Paris, Milan and Budapest.

MMN’s has commenced operations in Sydney after finalising agreements ear.ler this month. In addition to Vacations and Where, MMNA will also conduct custom and guide book publishing from its Sydney premises.

Edited by Peter Needham

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