Condé Nast Traveler
|Executive Editor||Pilar Guzmán|
|Based in||New York City|
Condé Nast Traveler is an American magazine published by Condé Nast. The magazine began publication in September, 1987. Condé Nast's previous Signature magazine was used as the source of many of the magazine's initial subscribers. In 1992, the subscribers of European Travel & Life, owned by K-III Magazines, were purchased by Condé Nast for Condé Nast Traveler.
Under its founding editor, Sir Harold Evans, Condé Nast Traveler won four National Magazine Awards, including one for General Excellence (1991). His successor as editor-in-chief, Thomas J. Wallace, secured two more NMAs during his tenure, which ended in January, 2005. He was succeeded by Klara Glowczewksa. Pilar Guzman became the editor in 2013.
Condé Nast Traveler has stated that the phrase "Truth in Travel" serves as the "guiding principle" of the magazine. The principle promises that the magazine's contributors receive pay only from the magazine, and not from members of the tourist industry. In addition to writing and photography about various popular as well as exotic locales, the magazine also rates travel destinations and travel facilities such as hotels and airlines. The ratings emerge primarily from the annual readers' survey, which results in the Readers' Choice Awards (RCA) and a variety of other survey-based awards published throughout the year. Since its inception under Mr. Evans in 1988, the RCA and the spin-off Gold List have become a popular feature with readers as well as a powerful encomium in the travel industry.
The magazine has predictable annual features. Every January, the Gold List is published. Every February, top reader-rated cruise ships. Every May, "hot" new hotels, restaurants, and spas. Every June (or April), top reader-rated spas. Every September, a complex of winners, finalists, and runners-up called "world savers". Every October, top reader-rated business hotels and airlines. Every November, the RCA. Every December, top ski resorts in North America.
Every month the magazine includes a "Where Are You?" contest wherein readers have to guess the pictured location based on cryptic clues; each monthly winner wins $1,000 and is entered into the annual grand prize drawing for a $10,000 holiday. The most enduring regular feature, which has always occupied the final page of the magazine, "Room with a View" consists of a photograph taken from the window or balcony of a well-situated hotel room, with text about the hotel or the destination.
An entirely separate U.K. edition, Condé Nast Traveller, is produced from Condé Nast's offices at Vogue House in London. It is distinguished not only by use of the British spelling of the operative word, but by marked differences in format, content, and particularly design.
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