Throughout my career I have always believed in challenging and disrupting the status-quo.  These are the values that are embraced by each and every member of the team at Jacobs Media Group thereby enabling us to be highly responsive, client-focused and flexible.

Whilst UK based, our reach is truly global with events throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Similarly the significant investment we have placed in our proprietary technology platform, Podium, has ensured Jacobs Media Group digital content is viewed by an expansive international audience.

Jacobs Media Group connects at all levels of the markets we service; educating, informing, and creating platforms for our business partners to form lasting business relationships with senior decision makers in the travel and hospitality space.

My team and I look forward to doing business with you and exploring how we at Jacobs Media Group can enhance your business further.



Acquired Travel Weekly Group from Reed Elsevier

June 2009

Clive Jacobs – serial entrepreneur and founder of Holiday Autos – acquires Travel Weekly Group, a travel news publication that first launched in 1969.



Launched Travel Weekly Business:am, the 9am news bulletin for the industry

January 2010

The Business:am alert was specifically designed with the travel industry’s busy senior executives and management in mind, delivering into inboxes a complete news digest consistently at 9am each working day.

Launched Aspire, The Luxury Travel Club for Travel Agents

November 2010

The only luxury travel club that brings together suppliers and agents of the luxury travel sector. Aspire publishes a quarterly print publication and accompanying interactive magazine, a members-only website plus luxury forums and events for suppliers and agents.


Acquired Caterer and Hotelkeeper from Reed Elsevier

November 2012

Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine, website and events portfolio was acquired by Jacobs Media Group in November 2012. The brand went on to achieve significant growth.


First Agent Achievement Awards since acquisition from Kingley Event Management

April 2013

The Agent Achievement Awards was acquired to complement the extensive awards offering from the Travel Weekly Group. The awards have gone on to deliver year on year growth to the business.

The Cateys Celebrate 30 Years

July 2013

Winning a Catey is a defining moment in many hospitality careers. To mark the occasion, some of the best known winners from the last 30 years came together to share their stories in a special one-off conference.

Launched the Foodservice Cateys

October 2013

As the foodservice sector grew in prominence and size it became an incubator for good practice, innovation and people development. Caterer and Hotelkeeper brought together the best in the industry to devise an awards programme, which was an instant success.


First Hall of Fame since acquisition from Kingley Event Management

April 2014

Recognising remarkable individuals who have changed the direction of the industry, The Hall of Fame has a unique reputation in the industry. It also brings together the biggest names in both the Travel and Hospitality sectors.

Best Places to Work in Hospitality Awards launches

April 2014

Staff retention and development are significant challenges for any hospitality business. This programme is designed to shine a light on good practice and to help participating companies benchmark against competitors, as well as differentiate themselves as an employer of note to potential recruits.

Acquired TravelGBI, the leading publication in the domestic and inbound sector

May 2014

The acquisition of Travel GBI brought a fresh market position for the Travel Weekly Group, providing the opportunity to address the vibrant domestic and inbound sectors.

Rebranded Caterer and Hotelkeeper to The Caterer

July 2014

Generations of hospitality professionals have referred to Caterer and Hotelkeeper simply as ‘The Caterer’ for years. Therefore, it was a natural choice to re-design the magazine and website to make them more focused and user-friendly. Both the name change and website were well received by the market.

Connecting Travel, the global business community for the travel & tourism industry is launched

August 2014

Connecting Travel is an innovative and powerful digital social networking platform and an in-person events business. It uses unique, proprietary technology to allow travel professionals to connect, share and interact.

Launched Connections with first Luxury Event taking place at Four Seasons Hampshire

September 2014

Connections is a unique concept that seeks to create meaningful and lasting relationships between senior travel professionals. Connections events facilitate meetings and relationship building through shared experiences and take place in some of the world’s finest venues.


The Caterer hosts Sommelier of the Year in association with the Academy of Food and Wine Service

June 2015

The Caterer took on responsibility for promotion and delivery of this highly-regarded event. The 2015 final took place in front of a packed crowd at London’s Savoy Hotel. As a result of the partnership, the event profile has been increased significantly.

First Connections MICE Event in Conrad Algarve, Portugal

December 2015

Connections’ first event focused exclusively on MICE buyers at The Conrad Algarve in December 2015. Senior MICE buyers hand-picked the 30 suppliers they wanted to meet. Delegates were able to enjoy a range of activities and experiences in order to form lasting bonds and to do business.

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Rebranded and relaunched as

December 2015

For over 40 years, Gazetteers has supported travel agents with the vital information they need. Under the new name of TravelAnswerz, the platform has been completely re-imagined to build on the unique, unbiased content that made Gazetteers so valuable to the independent travel agent sector.


10 Years of Travolution

February 2016

Travolution celebrates ten years with a year-round series of events, editorials and a newly designed website

First Global Restaurant Awards

April 2016

In April 2016, we launched the first ever Global Restaurant Awards, in association with The Caterer and Bench Events. The inaugural GRA gives recognition to the world’s leading restaurants and restaurant brands. It celebrates the vision and accomplishments of the stakeholders, investors and architects behind these businesses.

Connections Events expands into the South American Market

October 2016

Following the buzz of the Olympics, Connections’ first South American event brought international handpicked leaders from the luxury travel industry together for networking and business development in the vibrant surroundings of the iconic city, Rio de Janeiro.

International Travel Crisis Management Summit

November 2016

The inaugural International Crisis Management Summit (ITCMS) brought leading travel figures from across the globe, along with officials, journalists, mayors, civil defence ministers, PR and insurance professionals, assistance and crisis management experts to share best practices, discuss emergent threats and post-event responses.  The conference attracted over 150 senior figures from government, policy makers, NTOs and operators and looks set to become a key platform for important debate and collaboration.



Record breaking 40th anniversary Globe Travel Awards

January 2017

The 40th anniversary of the Globe Travel Awards broke all records; an unprecedented number of entries and votes preceded a sell-out event. On the awards night, over 1,200 guests packed The Great Room at The Grosvenor House to witness TV star David Walliams announce the travel trade’s favourite operators.  Guests were entertained not only with the awards but an evening packed with surprises and prizes.


Connections wins Best Conference category at the Eventex awards

January 2017

Following the successful delivery of 5 Connections conferences in 2016, the Connections team scooped the Eventex Best Conference award. The win reflects the Connections ethos of disrupting the conventional and corporate mind-set of how business and meetings should be done, bringing human interaction and experience to the fore.

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Connections Luxury showcases the best of India

March 2017

Connections Luxury touched down in India to host its third event in Asia, this time taking place at the sumptuous Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderbad. Over 60 luxury buyers and sellers got to experience the incredibly high standards of service, and hospitality now on offer especially in the burgeoning luxury Indian market. Delegates represented brands from across the globe. Further Connections Luxury events will be taking in Dublin and Argentina later in 2017.

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Travel Weekly launches The Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers (ATAS)

April 2017

In recognition of the growing importance of adventure travel in the market Travel Weekly has joined forces with 21 leading operators to launch an association designed to incentivise UK travel agents to increase their knowledge and sales within the touring and adventure sector. Giles Hawke, chief executive of Cosmos, will chair ATAS and plans are in place to launch its first UK conference in Autumn 2017 before embarking on an extensive European events programme in 2018.


Jacobs Media Group acquires the UK Sommelier of the Year Competition

April 2017

Jacobs Media Group acquired the UK Sommelier of the Year Competition from the British Institute of Innkeepers.

This acquisition is proof of the fact The Caterer is a business that exists to provide business-critical information to hospitality operators, one that seeks to play an active role in uniting the industry to further growth, encourage innovation, raise standards and recognise achievement.

There are exciting plans to evolve and grow the UK Sommelier of the year competition’s reach and educational remit; and we aim to create fresh opportunities for partners to position their products and expertise in front of the UK’s best sommeliers.

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Aspire hosts first ‘Leaders of Luxury’ event

June 2017

Following a period of strong growth Aspire, Travel Weekly’s luxury travel brand launched a new event focusing on super-luxury consumers. 200 hand-picked delegates got to hear from speakers from Instagram, Youtube, Geoffrey Kent and explorer Levison Wood.

This was the first of many full-day conferences from the thriving Aspire brand.

Travel Weekly responds to increased cyber crime threat

June 2017

In the wake of increasingly sophisticated ransom ware attacks, Travel Weekly enlisted the help of former head of security at The Bank of England, Don Randall MBE. Along with a panel of travel industry experts, Travel Weekly hosted its first Cyber Security Summit in front of over 250 senior delegates. Don introduced the leading thinking on the steps digitally enabled travel companies should be taking to minimise their risk.

ATAS hosts inaugural conference and awards

October 2017

More than 300 guests attended the inaugural Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers Conference.

The event was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, and included business sessions, an experiential supplier showcase and a gala dinner including the first Atas Awards.

In just a few short months ATAS has gained significant traction in the industry and now boasts 27 supplier members and nine associate members. The conference was supported by headline partners Brand USA, Global and Tigerbay.

The inaugural event marks the start of an exciting period for ATAS with more events and a dedicated website planned for 2018.

Connections Wellbeing launches in Portugal

October 2017

In recognition of the growth of the wellbeing segment of the luxury holiday market, Connections has launched a dedicated event which took place in the exclusive Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa Portugal. In addition to executive-led networking delegates got to hands-on sessions demonstrating the latest wellness techniques. As the wellness sector looks set for strong growth in 2018 Connections is poised to host more events designed to connect buyers and sellers through shared experiences.

ITCMS 2017 returns to London

November 2017

For the second year running London’s Haberdashers Hall played host to the International Travel Crisis Management Summit. Over 150 senior delegates drawn from travel companies, government, associations, media, crisis management specialists and opinion formers joined together to share the latest best practise and personal experiences.

The event is quickly becoming established as a must-attend date for senior decision makers and those tasked with forming global policy.

Connections recognised as an Eventex Allstar

December 2017

Following an incredibly successful 2017, the Connections team have been recognised by Eventex as an ‘Allstar’. This accolade is presented to the top 20 event organisers or agencies in the world and is judged by a panel of senior event industry professionals.  The award of Allstars recognition reflects the Connections teams’ focus on high quality experiences, innovation and customer focus.

You can view the full Allstars list here.



The Caterer celebrates 140th Anniversary

April 2018

The Caterer publishes a bumper issue to mark 140 years at the top of UK Hospitality making it one of the longest-established magazine brands in the world. To mark The Caterer’s milestone anniversary the magazine unveiled the top 100 most powerful people in hospitality – sharing the secrets behind their success. In addition to celebrating past successes the magazine also looked to the future with its list of the 40 trends hospitality operators could adopt to improve their business in the coming year cementing The Caterer’s position as a trusted source of key business information. This issue marks a year of celebration and exciting developments for the flagship brand.

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