According to Clampet, Condé Nast Traveler has expanded the guidelines for writers and editors who take assignment trips. The guidelines, famously formulated by ex-EIC Klara Glowczewska and publicly spelled out under the banner “Truth in Travel,” will now apparently make room for staffers/contributors who are able to obtain a preferential discount:
Editors at the magazine recently informed contributors that they may request media rates from travel providers while writing stories for the magazine. Representatives of the magazine did not respond to request for comment…
Competitor Travel + Leisure has a similar policy of not allowing its contributors to accept favors, as do some newspaper travel sections such as the New York Times. Other publications have policies that require disclosure when travel has been paid for or discounted, but some don’t disclose this at all.
Clampet suggests this is the biggest change yet made by new editor-in-chief Pilar Guzmán. He’s also got the background on when the “Truth in Travel” policy was previously modified. Read his full item here.