Skift Take

In Skift's top stories this week, Aman Resorts has big plans after receiving a $900 million investment, event attendance hit a plateau, and Vacasa announced a new CEO.

Throughout the week we are posting original stories night and day covering news :and travel trends, including on the impact of coronavirus. Every weekend we will offer you a chance to read the most essential stories again in case you missed them earlier.

Aman Resorts’ New Funding Set to Boost Its Niche Status in Luxury Travel: The Aman brand is not your billionaire father’s ultra-luxury hotel. But can the brand retain its appeal with a rising generation as it scales to the size of Waldorf Astoria?

Interview: The New Travel Habits of Indian Tourists: Indians have built quite an appetite for travel, though it is mostly domestic for now. But with the stage set for international travel to take off once again, destinations with easier visa regimes stand to gain.

Event Attendance Stalled at 65 Percent Post-Pandemic: As Good As It’ll Get?: The floodgates have opened, and travel is back, but where have all the event attendees gone? A number of factors have grounded them and kept attendance well below pre-pandemic levels.

Skift IDEA Awards 2022: See the Winners: Skift IDEA Awards is travel’s annual recognition of excellence in design, creativity, and innovation – honoring the brands and businesses pioneering the industry’s future. See the final results and meet the 2022 winners.

Vacasa CEO Matt Roberts Will Be Replaced by Ex-Egencia Boss Rob Greyber: Vacasa was ripe for a leadership change, if for nothing else but to shake things up. Let’s see if Greyber can up the company’s execution game.

Travel Hacks Galore to Ease the Pain of Hassled Travel: When shopping for deals, make sure to consult mobile apps for companies such as Tripadvisor, Expedia, or Booking.com because sometimes mobile deals will be lower than desktop prices.

Blackstone Takes Stake in Hotel Owner Sunstone as Private Equity Eyes More Lodging Deals: In a turbulent financial market, players such as Blackstone are worth tracking because they usually have more wherewithal to invest in hotels than others do.

Russia’s Once-Cozy Neighbors Getting Tough on Travel Visas: Estonia, Latvia and Finland have gone two years without Russian tourists, and they can go on longer.

Thailand Ups Visa Game by Granting Longer Stays to Tourists and Digital Nomads: The visa extension is crucial as Thailand prepares to transition to a post-pandemic era with the return to normalcy. 

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Photo credit: The lobby of Janu Montenegro. Janu is a wellness brand of Aman Resorts Aman Resorts

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