American Express Publishing targets readers who enjoy the high life in their travel and culinary adventures. The company publishes magazines such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Black Ink, and Executive Travel. It also publishes a number of books (100 Greatest Trips), produces events (Food & Wine Classic in Aspen), and has custom publishing operations (magazines, newsletters, and other publications for corporate clients). American Express Publishing uses the credit card publisher's database to cull customers. The business is managed by Time Inc.; Time and American Express share its profits. Time agreed to acquire the business in a deal that should be completed by the end of 2013.
The company operates a wide range of products that help jet-setters maintain an on-the-go lifestyle. Its magazine operations include some 25 international editions covering more than 70 territories in nearly 10 languages. In addition to its core products, American Express Publishing also produces Executive Travel SkyGuide, a monthly directory of airline flight schedules. Its Travel + Leisure spin-off title Travel + Leisure Family targets affluent families who travel. American Express Publishing also operates clubs such as Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler, which offers its members deals on travel-related services such as hotels, cruises, tours, and car rentals.
American Express Publishing has been focused on expanding its service-driven websites. These include travelandleisure.com, foodandwine.com, departures.com, tlgolf.com, tlfamily.com, and eskyguide.com. And in 2010 American Express Publishing partnered with online luxury travel brand Luxury Link to launch Vacationist.com, a private (invitation-only) travel website for luxury travelers. Also as part of its digital efforts in 2010, the company launched editions of Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure for Apple's iPad device.
Digital initiatives in 2011 and 2012 included the launch of Departures-branded digital city guides, publication editions for the Nook and iPad, and iPad and iPhone apps.