This is a sad moment for me. The last time I will write the editor’s welcome letter at the front of World of Cruising magazine. After almost two years in the job – which has provided me with some of the most enjoyable and rewarding moments in my career so far – I am handing command to a new editor.
Louise Robinson is the first female editor in the history of World of Cruising, and she is well qualified for the role. Editor of the Sunday Express magazine for 12 years, she says: “I love cruising and I love magazines, so this is my dream job. It is such an exciting time in the cruise industry and I can’t wait to get started on continuing to develop the magazine and build on our dramatically increasing circulation.”
I’m proud to say that magazine subscriptions are up 35 per cent year-on-year and total circulation has grown from 10,000 when Real Response Media took over ownership almost three years ago to close to 30,000 today, so I am handing over a publication in a very strong position.
Louise has big plans to develop the magazine’s presence online and as a mobile-friendly app, so watch this space (or should I say cyberspace?).
I’m not disappearing from the scene. Just stepping aside. I shall continue to contribute to World of Cruising as Editor at Large. (And yes, I’ve heard all the jokes, thank you very much).
Thank you to everyone at World of Cruising, all the cruise industry who have supported us, and you, the readers. I look forward to meeting you on board a cruise ship very soon. I might even buy you a drink