Accor Is Reviving the Orient Express — Just Don’t Expect a Train Carriage


King Power Mahanakhon features Thailand’s tallest observatory and rooftop bar — and eye-catching architecture. Accor

Skift Take: Well over a hundred years since it began, the Orient Express is still synonymous with mystique and luxury. As a branding exercise, it makes perfect sense for Accor to capitalize on that in a stationary hotel setting.

— Rosie Spinks

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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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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: United’s Scott Kirby has pledged to remain as president of the airline despite rumors to the contrary. But that won’t quell talk about whether American Airlines’ CEO Doug Parker will last through the year.

— Sean O’Neill

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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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MGM Settles Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuit for Up to $800 Million

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Windows are broken at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas, the room from where Stephen Craig Paddock fired on a nearby music festival, killing 58 and injuring hundreds on Oct. 1, 2017. John Locher / AP Photo

Skift Take: While it’s good MGM is shelling out money for its role in the mass shooting, it’s hard to forget that the company actually filed a lawsuit against some of the shooting’s survivors two years ago.

— Isaac Carey

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