On PR Newswire: Top Travel Destinations, Meredith Explores Sale of Time Inc., Statement Issued on FIU Bridge Collapse
With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.
Bolton Perez & Associates, an engineering firm specializing primarily in transportation related engineering services, issued the following statement. “We are in a state of deep sadness as a result of yesterday’s tragedy on the Florida International University (FIU) campus. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, including those members of our own Bolton Perez & Associates family who were injured yesterday. We intend to cooperate in every way we can to assist local, state and National Transportation Safety Board investigators in determining the cause of this terrible incident and to help prevent any future tragedies of this kind.”
Meredith Corp. announced on March 20 several initiatives as part of its aggressive execution of an integration strategy outlined following its acquisition of the Time Inc. media brands, which closed on Jan. 31. “We have made significant progress executing on these initiatives since we closed on the acquisition just six weeks ago,” said Meredith President and CEO Tom Harty. “For example, today we are announcing we have completed our portfolio review and decided to explore the sale of the TIME, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Money brands. These are attractive properties with strong consumer reach. However, they have different target audiences and advertising bases, and we believe each brand is better suited for success with a new owner. We are pleased with the inbound interest we have received, and we are confident these brands will be positioned for growth with an owner that shares Meredith’s respect for editorial integrity and independence.”
TripAdvisor on March 20 announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations, recognizing travelers’ favorite places around the world. This year, Paris is the global winner and New York City ranks number one in the U.S. for the eighth consecutive year. Award winners were determined using an algorithm based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest on TripAdvisor. The awards honor 402 outstanding destinations in 42 lists across the globe.
Ship Famous for ‘Fighting Sullivan Brothers’ Discovered on Saint Patrick’s Day 76 Years after the USS Juneau was Sunk During World War II
Wreckage from the USS Juneau (CL-52) was discovered on March 17 by the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, which is owned by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. The Juneau was sunk by a Japanese torpedo during the battle of Guadalcanal, ultimately killing 687 men aboard including all five Sullivan brothers. The Atlanta-class light cruiser was found 4,200 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the South Pacific off the coast of the Solomon Islands. “We certainly didn’t plan to find the Juneau on St. Patrick’s Day. The variables of these searches are just too great,” said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Allen. “But finding the USS Juneau on Saint Patrick’s Day is an unexpected coincidence that allows us to pay final respects to the Sullivan brothers and all the service members who were lost 76 years ago.”
On March 19, Air France launched a new advertising campaign “Take a Chance or Fly Air France” promoting the inclusive benefits of the airline’s competitive economy fares: in-flight entertainment, warm meals, and champagne. The campaign reminds travelers that these amenities are critical to an enjoyable flight, and takes aim at the budget carriers that do not include them in their deceptively low fares. While the cost of a ticket on a discount carrier may seem lower, unanticipated fees for basic services add up.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.