Francis X. Gallagher decided to pursue his lifelong dream in 2004 when he launched Global Traveler magazine. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University, in Philadelphia, Pa., he began his career at Knight Ridder Newspapers, followed by a brief tenure with Cresmer, Woodward, O’Mara & Ormsbee (represented more than 150 daily U.S. newspapers across the country).
He launched Business Traveler and served as the publisher for 17 years (a British-owned, monthly publication), growing the circulation and revenue year after year and taking it from a British rewrite to a true American voice for travelers.
In February 2004, he settled into his true calling – owning and running Global Traveler, the only AAM-audited monthly magazine for the business and luxury traveler.
Yardley, Pa., nestled between New York City and Philadelphia, is home to Global Traveler’s world headquarters. Since its inception in 2004, Global Traveler’s growth includes two digital newsletters, eFlyer and eFlyer Asia; two custom digital e-blasts, GT on the Go and Premium e-Deal; and custom publishing. The magazine boasts an AAM-audited circulation of 108,000-plus and a staff spanning New York, Los Angeles Shanghai and Boston.
In March 2011, Global Traveler debuted its much-anticipated redesign to a wider format and a matte-cover finish. This redesign firmly placed Global Traveler as the market leader. The next step in positing the company for growth was the relaunch of its digital products, centering around GT’s website globaltravelerusa.com. The relaunch took place on Dec. 12, 2012, centering around Global Traveler’s awards gala at The Peninsula Beverly Hills.
Global Traveler recently announced three additional editions, delivered to subscribers annually, increasing the conversation with readers from 12 times (monthly) to 15. GT’s bonus editions, The Leisure Lifestyle Book, Global City Guidebook and Class Act are Global Traveler’s 13th, 14th and 15th issues annually.
In January 2014, FXExpress Publications, Inc. and its partner i2i Media launched China Global Traveler to answer the growing demand for information required by Mandarin-language travelers from Mainland China. China Global Traveler has seen much success and remains the only publication for the world’s largest traveling segment.
In fall of 2014, FXExpress Publications, Inc. launched TrazeeTravel.com. TrazeeTravel.com is a new website aimed at travelers aged 18–35. The website features original content, updated several times daily, and allows for community content contribution.
Millennials are a growing market and attracting those travelers is the goal of many hotels, airlines and other travel companies. TrazeeTravel.com will be reach this underserved market with content focused on products, tips, interviews, quizzes, reviews, events, weddings and alternative vacations, providing a way for travel industry partners to reach this burgeoning group of intrepid, young travelers
In addition to serving as CEO of Global Traveler, Gallagher is the publisher and also coordinates a successful charity auction, the annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards and a number of other successful events and initiatives yearly. Global Traveler remains the only monthly, U.S.-based magazine aimed at frequent luxury business travelers.
Francis and his wife of 31 years, Michele, also reside in Yardley and have two daughters, Katherine, 25, and Laura, 20.
Francis is involved with a number of charities, including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for which he serves on the Board of Trustees, and The Mentor Foundation. Over the years, he has been actively involved with youth athletics and coaching. He is a long-standing patron of Villa Joseph Marie High School, a private girl’s school in suburban Philadelphia.
He is an avid golfer, playing rounds wherever he touches down worldwide and shares these experiences in Global Traveler’s monthly golf column, often teeing up with key global clients. He is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and Jericho National Golf Club in Washington Crossing, Pa.
Gallagher frequently travels around the world — from China to Los Angeles and from India to Europe. He often settles in the Outer Banks, N.C., where he has a second home. He enjoys traveling, playing golf, gardening and spending time with his family.