'Departures' Releases 30th Anniversary Issue, Reports Uptick In Advertising

Travel and lifestyle magazine Departures is celebrating its milestone 30th anniversary with an issue focused on visionary voices and sustainability.

The September issue of Departures, published by Meredith Corporation for American Express Platinum Card Members, features a range of profiles of forward-looking notables, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anna Deavere Smith, Swizz Beatz and José Andrés.

Stories focused on making cities more efficient, remedies for over-tourism and making clothing more responsibly round out the theme of the issue. 

“It was really important for us to celebrate Departures’ 30 years by looking forward at what the next 30 years could bring. We are in a time when how we travel, shop, eat and engage with the world has real impact on the health of the planet and all of us who live on it,” said EIC Jeffries Blackerby.



“This issue explores the impact and the steps being taken by a wide range of companies and creators to address them,”  he added.

The issue saw a 21% rise in revenue from advertising versus the September 2018 issue as a result of new and increased business across the travel and fashion categories.

New business for the 30th anniversary issue includes ads from Hublot, Tom Ford, Toyota Supra and Vacheron Constantin.

Departures is published seven times a year, alongside the biannual Departures Home + Design. The title also publishes 18 international editions. The title is sent exclusively and free-of-cost to American Express Platinum Card Members.

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