Our Story

Formed in 2009 with the acquisition of Travel Weekly Group from Reed Business Information, Jacobs Media Group is now Europe’s leading multimedia business for the travel and hospitality industries. Through shrewd acquisition, investment and organic growth, the company has an unrivalled multiplatform portfolio delivering events, exhibitions and insight on a global scale

Connecting and informing the travel and hospitality sectors

Jacobs Media Group is the parent company of leading travel and hospitality media brands including Travel Weekly, The Caterer, Aspire, Travolution and Connections. It was formed in August 2009 following the acquisition of Travel Weekly Group from Reed Business Information by travel industry entrepreneur and founder of car rental giant Holiday Autos, Clive Jacobs.

With a reputation for transforming traditional and often obsolete B2B publications and pioneering new ways to connect and inform its audiences, Jacobs Media Group has developed a market-leading portfolio of brands based in London but with a truly multinational footprint spanning five continents.

It reaches more than 10,000 people every year at its events, attracts over 650,000 unique users to its websites every month and has more than 275,000 social media followers across its corporate and team accounts.

In addition to the market-leading brand for the UK travel industry, Travel Weekly, Jacobs Media Group’s acquisitions have included The Caterer (formerly Caterer and Hotelkeeper), the oldest B2B title in Europe with a 141-year legacy, and events including the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame, the Agent Achievement Awards and the UK Sommelier of the Year Competition.

It has also developed and launched a range of complementary events, exhibitions and products, including the luxury travel club Aspire; Connections, the invitation-only community and event specialist for luxury travel executives; the Global Travel & Tourism Resilience Council; and the Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers.

From its roots in the UK, the company now has a standalone international division which accounts for a third of its business and works in partnership with leading travel and hospitality brands, associations and governments worldwide.

At the heart of Jacobs Media Group’s impressive growth trajectory, expanding global footprint and thriving multimedia portfolio are its people and unrivalled content. Its editorial, events and digital teams offer unrivalled expertise and first-hand knowledge of the travel and hospitality industries, producing unique, high-quality insight and experiences which cut through the noise.

Whether through its multiplatform editorial content or through its portfolio of more than 160 events and exhibitions worldwide, Jacobs Media Group continues to demonstrate impressive growth and find innovative ways to inform, connect and inspire its audience of travel and hospitality professionals.

Our History

  • Aspire hosts first standalone awards

    Aspire hosts first standalone awards

    September 2019

    Luxury travel brand Aspire hosts its first awards, recognising the best brands and people in the high-end travel industry at St Pancras Renaissance hotel in London.

  • Connections celebrates fifth anniversary and new era

    Connections celebrates fifth anniversary and new era

    September 2019

    Events and networking specialist Connections toasts its fifth anniversary and announces a new model as an exclusive invitation-only community for luxury travel executives worldwide.

  • Connections introduces luxury weddings series in Italy

    Connections introduces luxury weddings series in Italy

    September 2019

    The global weddings market becomes the latest focus for Connections, with an experiential networking event in Italy building on the success of editions focusing on luxury, wellbeing, MICE and more.

  • The Caterer launches fresh new website

    The Caterer launches fresh new website

    September 2019

    Hospitality bible The Caterer launches a new website and platform, with inhouse technology allowing visitors to tailor their online experience and access exclusive content, research and insight.

  • Jacobs Media Group celebrates 10th anniversary

    Jacobs Media Group celebrates 10th anniversary

    August 2019

    Jacobs Media Group marks a decade in business and significant growth on a global scale since the acquisition of Travel Weekly Group from Reed Business Information on August 7, 2009.

  • Resilience Summit concept extended to Africa

    Resilience Summit concept extended to Africa

    July 2019

    Building on the success of Resilience Summits in the Middle East and Asia, Jacobs Media Group hosts its next event in South Africa, bringing together governments and professionals from across the continent

  • First Experience Latin America event managed by Jacobs Media Group

    First Experience Latin America event managed by Jacobs Media Group

    June 2019

    The Latin American Travel Association works in partnership with Jacobs Media Group to manage its flagship Experience Latin America trade show for more than 450 delegates in central London

  • Travel Weekly unveils new look and content

    Travel Weekly unveils new look and content

    May 2019

    Jacobs Media Group’s flagship brand for the travel industry marks its 10th year as an independent business with a fresh new look and content for its weekly magazine title.

  • Asian Resilience Summit takes place in Nepal

    Asian Resilience Summit takes place in Nepal

    May 2019

    Following the success of the first Global Resilience Summit in Jordan, Jacobs Media Group hosts the first Asian Resilience Summit with a focus on Nepal’s response to the 2015 earthquake.

  • Jacobs Media Group signs partnership with IGLTA

    Jacobs Media Group signs partnership with IGLTA

    March 2019

    A media partnership with the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) sees Jacobs Media Group agree to promote the association’s work across its portfolio

  • Connections hosts first bespoke California event

    Connections hosts first bespoke California event

    March 2019

    Connections adds a string to its bow with its first bespoke event in partnership with Visit California. The inaugural Connections California event takes place in Santa Monica and celebrates The Golden State of Luxury.

  • Travel Weekly celebrates 50th birthday

    Travel Weekly celebrates 50th birthday

    January 2019

    UK market-leader Travel Weekly unveils a year-long calendar of celebrations to mark 50 years since it was first published in 1969 as Travel News, and pledges to raise £50,000 for five charities in 2019.

  • Travel Weekly podcast delves deeper into key issues

    Travel Weekly podcast delves deeper into key issues

    October 2018

    The first travel trade media podcast launches, with Travel Weekly’s leading editorial team discussing emerging trends with some of the biggest names in the industry

  • Connections launches adventure series

    Connections launches adventure series

    October 2018

    Slovenia hosts the first Connections event to focus on the luxury adventure sector, building business relationships between buyers and suppliers over memorable adventure experiences.

  • First Tourism Resilience Summit takes place in Jordan

    First Tourism Resilience Summit takes place in Jordan

    June 2018

    Jacobs Media Group’s first international (and Middle Eastern) Resilience Summit runs in partnership with USAID and the Jordan Tourism Board.

  • The Caterer celebrates 140th anniversary

    The Caterer celebrates 140th anniversary

    April 2018

    The Caterer publishes a bumper issue to mark 140 years at the heart of the hospitality industry. The milestone is also celebrated with the publication of lists unveiling the 100 most powerful people and 40 biggest future trends in hospitality.

     

  • Connections focuses on growing wellbeing trend

    Connections focuses on growing wellbeing trend

    October 2017

    The Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa in Portugal hosts the first Connections Wellbeing event, showcasing growing trends in the sector through Connections’ award-winning experiential networking formula.

  • ATAS hosts inaugural conference and awards

    ATAS hosts inaugural conference and awards

    October 2017

    More than 300 guests attend the inaugural Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers Conference in Birmingham, UK, just two years after Travel Weekly founded the association in partnership with 12 leading suppliers.

  • Travel Weekly responds to increased cyber crime threat

    Travel Weekly responds to increased cyber crime threat

    June 2017

    The first Travel Weekly Cyber Security Summit attracts more than 250 senior delegates, with speakers including former head of security at The Bank of England, Don Randall.

  • Aspire hosts first Leaders of Luxury event

    Aspire hosts first Leaders of Luxury event

    June 2017

    Luxury travel brand Aspire builds on a period of strong growth with a new event bringing together 200 hand-picked delegates to focus on the super-luxury travel sector.

  • Jacobs Media Group acquires UK Sommelier of the Year

    Jacobs Media Group acquires UK Sommelier of the Year

    April 2017

    Jacobs Media Group completes the acquisition of the UK Sommelier of the Year Competition from the British Institute of Innkeepers – adding to its hospitality portfolio spearheaded by The Caterer.

  • Travel Weekly creates Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers

    Travel Weekly creates Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers

    April 2017

    In partnership with 12 leading touring and adventure operators, Travel Weekly creates a new trade association to recognise the growing importance of the sector for the UK travel industry.

  • Connections named Best Conference at Eventex awards

    Connections named Best Conference at Eventex awards

    January 2017

    Building on a successful year incorporating five events, Connections and its unique approach to networking is recognised with the Eventex Best Conference award.

  • Globe Travel Awards breaks records on 40th anniversary

    Globe Travel Awards breaks records on 40th anniversary

    January 2017

    More than 1,200 guests pack in to the Grosvenor House hotel on London’s Park Lane, as TV star David Walliams hosts the 40th edition of the most prestigious awards in the UK travel industry.

  • Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council founded

    Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council founded

    December 2016

    Following the success of the inaugural International Crisis Management Summit, Jacobs Media Group is instrumental in founding the GTTRC in partnership with leading brands and governments.

  • Crisis management takes centre stage in London

    Crisis management takes centre stage in London

    November 2016

    The inaugural International Crisis Management Summit (ITCMS) brings leading travel figures from around the globe together with senior government officials and policy makers to discuss resilience in travel.

  • 10 Years of Travolution

    10 Years of Travolution

    February 2016

    Groundbreaking travel trade media brand Travolution celebrates 10 years of delivering publications, websites and events for the digital travel sector with a calendar of activity and a new-look online presence.

  • Connections expands footprint with first MICE event

    Connections expands footprint with first MICE event

    December 2015

    Connections heads to the Conrad Algarve in Portugal for its first event designed exclusively for buyers and suppliers in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) market

  • The Caterer hosts Sommelier of the Year event

    The Caterer hosts Sommelier of the Year event

    June 2015

    The Caterer works with the Academy of Food and Wine Service to take on responsibility for delivery of the Sommelier of the Year competition and final at London’s Savoy hotel.

  • Connections Luxury launches in style at the Four Seasons Hampshire

    Connections Luxury launches in style at the Four Seasons Hampshire

    September 2014

    Jacobs Media Group’s groundbreaking networking brand Connections unveils its unique method of facilitating business relationships in the luxury travel sector through memorable experiences and presentations.

  • The Caterer launches Check into Hospitality careers guide

    The Caterer launches Check into Hospitality careers guide

    August 2014

    The range of career opportunities in the hospitality industry are showcased in the first of an annual publication distributed to schools, colleges and universities

  • Caterer and Hotelkeeper rebrands as The Caterer

    Caterer and Hotelkeeper rebrands as The Caterer

    July 2014

    A new-look magazine and website reflect a new brand for the UK’s oldest trade publication – now known by the name used by generations of hospitality professionals, The Caterer.

  • Launch of Best Places to Work in Hospitality Awards

    Launch of Best Places to Work in Hospitality Awards

    April 2014

    The Caterer unveils a new programme designed to showcase and celebrate best practice in the fields of staff retention and development in the hospitality industry.

  • First Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame held under Jacobs Media Group ownership

    First Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame held under Jacobs Media Group ownership

    April 2014

    Following its acquisition from Kingley Event Management, Jacobs Media Group hosts its first Hall of Fame event, recognising outstanding leadership in the travel and hospitality industries worldwide.

  • Take Off in Travel showcases career opportunities

    Take Off in Travel showcases career opportunities

    November 2013

    Responding to calls to showcase careers and development in the travel and tourism industries, Take Off in Travel partners with Abta to create the prospectus-style magazine Take Off in Travel

  • Foodservice Cateys honour growing sector

    Foodservice Cateys honour growing sector

    October 2013

    The Caterer recognises the growing prominence of the foodservice sector with a standalone and hugely-successful awards programme under the renowned Cateys brand.

  • The Cateys celebrate 30 years

    The Cateys celebrate 30 years

    July 2013

    A special one-off conference brings together some of the best-known winners of the hospitality industry’s highest honour to share their stories.

  • Agent Achievement Awards take place as part of Travel Weekly portfolio

    Agent Achievement Awards take place as part of Travel Weekly portfolio

    April 2013

    The leading travel agencies and travel sellers in the UK are honoured at the first Agent Achievement Awards to be held following the acquisition of the event from Kingley Event Management.

  • Caterer and Hotelkeeper acquired from Reed Business Information

    Caterer and Hotelkeeper acquired from Reed Business Information

    November 2012

    The UK’s oldest trade magazine and its digital and events portfolio are acquired from Reed Business Information, expanding the Jacobs Media Group portfolio to cover hospitality and travel.

  • Luxury travel club and magazine Aspire launches

    Luxury travel club and magazine Aspire launches

    November 2010

    A unique online format bringing together suppliers and agents selling luxury travel sector is unveiled, supported by a quarterly print publication and a portfolio of forums and events.

  • Travel Weekly Business:am sets the morning agenda

    Travel Weekly Business:am sets the morning agenda

    January 2010

    Reflecting its increasing multiplatform approach, Travel Weekly unveils its Business:am email newsletter, targeted at senior executives every weekday at 9am with top travel and business stories, comment and analysis.

  • Travel Weekly Group acquired from Reed Business Information

    Travel Weekly Group acquired from Reed Business Information

    August 2009

    Serial entrepreneur and founder of Holiday Autos Clive Jacobs acquires Travel Weekly Group, incorporating brands including Travel Weekly, Travolution and Gazetteers.com, from Reed Business Information.