AD and Condé Nast Traveller to become wholly owned and operated

Architectural Digest (AD) and Condé Nast Traveller will transition from being published under license to being wholly owned and operated starting in 2023.

This represents the first new owned-and-operated market for the company since 2007, when Vogue was launched in India.

Condé Nast’s Middle East operations for AD and Condé Nast Traveller will be based in Dubai where a search is underway for a managing director for the business.

The license agreement for AD and Condé Nast Traveller is held with ITP Media Group until the end of this year when it will expire. ITP began publishing AD in 2015 and Condé Nast Traveller in 2013 under license. GQ will continue to operate under license with ITP Media Group. Condé Nast brands, Vogue and Wired also operate in the Middle East under license with Nervora Media.

Albert Read, deputy managing director for Condé Nast Europe said, “We’re delighted to introduce AD and Condé Nast Traveller as our first owned-and-operated brands in the Middle East. This is one of the fastest growing regions in the world and we believe these iconic brands can accelerate their growth with connectivity to our global infrastructure. ITP have been outstanding partners and we look forward to continuing working with them on GQ and greatly appreciate their stewardship of AD and CNT over the past years.”