NEW YORK More news of canceled holiday get-togethers: Today, we got word that American Express Publishing—which owns magazine titles like Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Departures, and Executive Travel—is eliminating its company-wide holiday party this year and may even cancel its 2009 celebration. Headquartered in New York, the media conglomerate has offices across the country, including Los Angeles, Florida, and the Midwest.
“Yes, we [American Express Publishing] are suspending our holiday party this year in light of the economic climate. We will be gathering the company for our annual year-end business update,” Jill Davison, vice president of corporate communications at American Express Publishing, wrote in an email. “While we're streamlining the program—in light of the times—it will be equally informative to last year's agenda. It's important that we get together as a company to review the year and to chart the course ahead for what we all know will be a very challenging road ahead in '09.”