Thailand’s New India Strategy and More Top Stories This Week

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In Skift’s top stories this week, Thailand is easing travel restrictions and targeting the Indian market, inflation is forcing travelers to change their summer plans and Arnold Donald is stepping down as CEO of Carnival.

Mary Ann Ha

Throughout the week, we publish original stories day and night covering travel news and trends, including the impact of coronavirus. Every weekend, we’ll give you a chance to re-read the most essential stories in case you missed them earlier.

Thailand ditches testing requirements just as it plans to woo Indian tourists: After many attempts, Thailand has finally decided to simplify travel for visitors. But in the absence of some of its most important source markets, such as China and Russia, the country has its sights set on Indian tourists.

A Japanese journalist’s travel diary shows a new level of airport chaos: Japan remains closed to most tourists, but has eased off on some business and student travel. This Travel Voice Japan reporter’s account of a recent trip to Hawaii echoes the experiences of many travelers around the world these days to mass confusion.

Travelers are considering changing their summer travel plans due to rising prices: new survey: Pent-up travel demand responds to inflation. Here’s what a new survey has found about how travelers plan to cope with higher prices.

Skift Future of Lodging Forum Preview: CEO of Kayak on achieving a meta-advantage in guest experience: Maybe the big hotel chains will learn that high tech doesn’t necessarily mean a lack of hospitality and a customer experience devoid of personality.

Delta offers flight attendants payment for boarding in the middle of Union Drive: Delta will pay flight attendants for boarding time in what it claims is an initiative to improve reliability. But the extra pay comes as the biggest union for flight attendants tries to organize crews amid a nationwide increase in organized labour.

JetBlue finds new revenue as pilot shortage takes its toll: JetBlue is struggling to find positive news after operational issues forced it to cancel around 10% of its flights in April and drastically cut passenger flights. ‘summer. The pilot shortage has come home, with some wondering if JetBlue is now just a stepping stone for crew members en route to bigger airlines.

Business travel giant CWT appoints new CEO – Again: Michelle McKinney Frymire had only been in the executive role for 12 months, but that probably felt a lot longer given the turmoil the agency crossing trips. In theory, new CEO Patrick Andersen has a more stable ship to sail.

Carnival CEO Arnold Donald steps down: Donald has faced the biggest crisis to ever hit the cruise industry and leaves the company in uncharted waters with an uncertain path to recovery.

High-end hotels are betting on personalization that goes further: personalization is a buzzword on the lips of many hoteliers. But only a handful of carriers, brands and agencies, like Rosewood, Virgin, The Nines and Muzéo, seem to really be learning how to deliver individualized service.

Mondee reportedly got $20 million from Travelport owners to back its IPO: Some recent efforts by companies to go public through mergers with blank check companies have stalled or failed. But it’s a vote of confidence in Mondee that Travelport’s financial sponsors Elliott Management and Siris Capital have reportedly invested funds to help the travel tech company go public.