AUGUSTA, Ga., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Globe Pequot Press has strengthened its position as a travel guide publisher with the purchase of Bath, England- based Footprint Books. The announcement was made today by Scott Watrous, president of Globe Pequot. Footprint Books, which issued its first guidebook in 1924, publishes 80 travel guides covering locations on five continents. The guidebooks feature extensive information on the destinations covered - from food and accommodations to nightlife and transportation. "We have long admired Footprint Books as a model for how to produce travel guides," Watrous said. "I am delighted they are becoming a part of the Globe Pequot travel publications." The acquisition will help expand Globe Pequot's reach across the globe, augmenting the company's travel guide portfolio. "Footprint Books is a company with a long history in the travel publication business and they are a perfect fit for our present program," said Watrous. "The addition of Footprint is part of Globe's strategy to become a top-notch travel publisher." Andy Riddle will continue to serve Footprint as managing director. "We've spent the last couple of years getting the Footprint business focused on our core strengths - publishing guide books for adventurous independent travelers looking to get off the beaten track; whilst also developing an innovative, successful range of thematic travel guides that tie in to people's passions and pastimes," Riddle said. "The move to Globe Pequot gives us the chance to move the company to the next level." Globe Pequot will be handling the U.S. distribution of the Footprint guides. The Globe Pequot Press, based in Guilford, Conn., is the world's leading publisher and distributor of outdoor recreation and leisure titles. The company, a division of Morris Communications, annually publishes more than 500 titles and distributes 300 new titles yearly for other publishers. Morris Communications Company, LLC is a privately held media company with diversified holdings that include newspaper publishing, visitor guide publishing, outdoor advertising, magazine publishing, radio broadcasting, book publishing and distribution and online services. For more information, visit morris.com .
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