On the Move

In this issue’s cover story “2005: A Look Ahead” (pg. 10), we asked experts throughout the travel industry to take out their crystal balls and make predictions about the coming year. We also created a time line of major news stories in travel from 2004. For our staff, the timing of this story couldn’t


In this issue’s cover story “2005: A Look Ahead” (pg. 10), we asked experts throughout the travel industry to take out their crystal balls and make predictions about the coming year. We also created a time line of major news stories in travel from 2004.

For our staff, the timing of this story couldn’t have been better. As we put this issue to bed, we completed our move into new offices and were in various stages of packing and unpacking. Forced to make decisions about what to pack and what to leave behind, the move has spurred all of us to reflect on the past as well as look forward to a fresh start.

This year brought some big changes to TravelAge West. Starting with our Jan. 5 issue (left), we redesigned the look of the magazine and refocused our stories to provide the most informative and exciting destination articles.

As part of this redesign we also went to a larger format. While this ruffled a few feathers initially, we now hear from readers who have gotten used to the new size and have come to appreciate the way it enhances the design of our stories.

Looking ahead to next year, you can expect an even stronger magazine particularly focused on emerging destinations, the latest trends and the most innovative companies. We’ll also be debuting a new Web site, with practical online tools and features agents can use to enhance their business.

More than anything, however, you can expect TravelAge West to continue to be your guide on the frontier of travel. It’s our goal to always be valuable enough to make it into the moving box, and not get left behind.

Seasons greetings and happy New Year.

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