As Tourists Flock to Thailand, the Country’s Meetings and Events Sector Will Benefit

Skift Take: As meeting planners worldwide look for unique venues and programming that will wow attendees, Thailand is stepping up its meetings and incentives efforts. Big investments in infrastructure, hotels, venues, and transportation networks — not to mention top-flight food and gorgeous beaches — are already paying multi-million dollar dividends.

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United Airlines Adds Perks to Attract New Pilots


United Airlines is launching an ambitious campaign to attract new pilots. Bloomberg

Skift Take: What a difference a decade makes. Not long ago, United Airlines had far more pilots than it needed. At the time, it was parking aircraft and putting pilots on furlough. Now times are good and United is on a hiring binge. But we have to ask: Could this boom-and-bust cycle repeat itself during the next recession?

— Brian Sumers

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Park Hyatt’s Blade Runner: Knife Concierge Offers Cutting-Edge Service

Park Hyatt Aviara

Nathan Brown, director of food and beverage for Park Hyatt Aviara in San Diego, took on the role of the Master Steak Knife Concierge at the hotel’s The Argyle Steakhouse in 2016. Park Hyatt Aviara

Skift Take: It’s not enough for the waitstaff at The Argyle Steakhouse in San Diego to pick up on the personalities of their customers. The staff of this high-end Park Hyatt Aviara eatery also has to learn about the personalities of their steak knives.

— Laura Powell

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United President Quashes Rumors He Might Jump Back to American Airlines

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A United Airlines aircraft lands at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. United Airlines President Scott Kirby said he had no intentions to leave United for rival airline American Airlines, his former employer, in comments made Thursday. Simon Dawson / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Kirby’s pledge to remain as president at United Airlines won’t quell talk about whether American Airlines’ CEO Doug Parker will last through the year.

— Sean O’Neill

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