Gemini Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of Troy’s Hour Media, has acquired Group Tour Media in Holland, publisher of Group Tour Magazine, Youth Travel Planner Magazine, Heritage & History, Urban St. Magazine, and Pike Magazine.
“We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to acquire another leading brand in the tourism space along with their regional consumer titles,” says John Balardo, president of Hour Media. “With our recent acquisition of Meetings + Events publications and our significant presence in West Michigan, this acquisition is very synergistic.”
The new additions include a quarterly publication serving a national audience of group tour planners, as well as related custom publications, most notably Circle Michigan. Grand Rapids’ Gemni Media and Hour Media will focus their resources to enhance client service, reader experience, and product distribution of these brands.
“I am so pleased to have partnered with Gemini as our two companies are so beautifully aligned,” says Elly DeVries, publisher of Group Tour Media. “It is with great confidence that Gemini Media will be able to nurture the brands that our team has worked so hard to build as they continue to strive for excellence in the industry. Moving into the next chapter of my life, I leave with bittersweet emotions as I have loved this industry and the many friends I have made while here.”
Hour Media and its related entities are multi-media companies that publish and produce more than 150 magazines — including DBusiness and Hour Detroit — and custom titles, 40 consumer websites, and 70 shows and events throughout the United States.