29 MARCH 2021

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Article from BTNews 29 MARCH 2021

BTN IS FOR SALE

Award winning Business Travel News is for sale.  Malcolm Ginsberg, founder and editor-in-chief, is now 78 and has decided to retire, or at least step back. He will dispose of BTN completely or act in some form of role using his enormous air industry experience and connections built up over 30 years since his purchase of the then printed Air & Business Travel News (ABTN) in 1990.  

Published every Monday, BTN has a worldwide readership with contributions to “ON THE SOAPBOX” from some of the leaders in the industry.  It is a mixture of the latest travel news, and less serious material written in a lighter vein.  Even in these difficult times BTN is averaging around 80k hits a week.

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J.B. Burke, England

Six decades of aviation and tourism coverage should not be scrapped overnight. As in politics, so in travel, mistakes (like bankruptcies) are repeated from ignoring history. A condition of BTN's sale should be that the new owners retain Mr Ginsberg for consultation of their own choosing.


franco mancassola, honolulu

Good luck Malcolm and thank you!!!


Joe Worely, Bayswater

It might be a little late but can I add my tributes to Malcolm Ginsberg for his efforts with BTN, ABTN and in the long past a very effective public relations practitioner.


Aviva Preston, United Kingdom

Please don't retire! I always felt an affinity to you (having been with airlines BEA, BA and travel ALPtours for more years than I care t admit..) and do not want to retire even after the past enforced sedentary year - actually probably because of that... So I feel we vets should stick together. But of course if you find a new direction do let me know and I might just join you. Best regards whatever.


Paul Kay, London, UK

..."No No No Malcolm....SST Travel, Post Covid Aviation, Flying Cars, No Pilot Airplanes, Auto Drones Bringing My Future Pizzas....Who On Earth Can We Rely On To Dish The Dirt ? Come On Young Man...78 is far to young! Listen, Don't Bring Out Your Lotus Europa Just Yet Mr Groovy, Will You ? But When You Do...Please Tell Us So We Can All Line Up As You Leave the BTN Office (Kitchen) And Skip To Your 'Freedom Of The Road' Reliant Robin So As We, All The BTN Readers, Can Line Up Up Holding Our Rented Fireman's Hoses And Give You That Aviation Send Off... AKA...Airport Crash Tenders And The Last Well Loved 'Jumbo' Of Aviation Importance!! ...et al !! Plus...Any 'New Owner' Will Ban Me In Any Case!!.... ..'Readers.."Hooray" ....DOH!


Malcolm Ginsberg, Edgware, North London

Not easy but for pure comfort upstairs in a A380 with any of the carriers who offer a lounge. Sitting in the nose of a Qantas A380 is also fun watching a film. And off course the jump seat in days gone by with the choice of a single pilot Twin Otter into Gatwick, steep approach Dash 7 over Canary Wharf at London City (scared my wife), or Hong Kong Kai Tak with a sharp right on the approach.


John Jones, West Ham

For someone who left the high life at Lotus youíve done well Malcolm. And you once told me that youíve flown on Viscount, Vanguard, DC10, Tristar and Concorde, plus many others, but what is your favourite?


Oliver Stone, Shoreditch - London

Your London City book is a wonderful epitaph for a career in air travel. Itís a pity that the Silvertown Station looks like not happening. LCY will live to regret the mistake, or is it Boris Johnson?


Jim James, London

Malcolm. You once told me that the best PR person was one who had reached 80, retained his senses and knew everyone and everything. Youíve nearly made it!


Mike Bathgate, Isle of Man

What a great job Malcolm has done with BTN! Fond memories of Brymon and LCY but now he can give more attention to supporting Luton Town! Thoroughly deserved retirement for a true aviation enthusiast.


John Davidson, France

Please let me join the two comments above in applauding Malcolm Ginsberg for his great work over the years. Truly a benefit for the flying public, and we can hope that the airlines have learned from us as well!


PJ McGoldrick, Ireland

Wishing Malcolm, a well-deserved happy retirement, I am sure that Malcolm will insure that BTM will continue as the go-to publication it has been for many years.


Sir Brian Donohoe, Irvine

Well well another 'Great' man retires to join "The Best Club in the WORLD..and I should know having been 'Retired by Public Demand'


Simon Grigor, United Kingdom

Sorry to read this but perfectly understandable that someone wants to retire at 78 (said he, happily retired at 63!). I hope whoever takes on the publication will keep the mix of content the same, and will also continue a personal seasonal highlight, the brainteaser that is the Christmas Quiz! Very best wishes Malcolm, hopefully you'll give some notice in BTN when you are actually stepping down.


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