In an unpublicized memo to staff earlier this month, American Express Publishing President-CEO Ed Kelly told staff the move reflected an adjustment to the title's business model -- including new plans to strengthen the Travel & Leisure Family website.
"This decision was made after much consideration and analysis," Mr. Kelly wrote. "We believe that better integration between the print and online platforms will be a more effective and efficient way to provide timely content about the family travel experience to our readers. This approach will also enable us to offer our advertising and marketing partners greater access to this highly coveted market."
A "small number" of staff positions are affected by the change, but the company is trying to find new posts for the displaced employees, a spokeswoman said.
Travel & Leisure Family is distributed to 500,000 families who travel, according to the company website. Travel & Leisure reported average paid and verified circulation of 969,452 for the first half of this year, down 1.6% from the first half of 2006, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.