News and notes from around the interweb:
- Hawaii looking to increase hotel taxes
- Forget toilet paper there now appears to be a boba shortage
- Former CEO of Star Alliance airline Asiana has been fined for refusing menstrual leave to flight attendants (HT: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)
- St. Croix’s the Buccaneer will become a Wyndham I’m not sure the property lives up to its reputation, but it’s more desirable than other hotels on an island that you’d think would have nicer accommodations than it does. This will be one of the best Wyndhams you can use points for.
- The Covid-19 culture that is Thailand. There’s no national lockdown, but individual provinces can impose their own restrictions. In Bangkok they’re closing movie theaters, bars, spas, parks, zoos and pools among other things. And the Prime Minister has been fined for violating the local mask mandate. Of course Thailand once forced out a prime minister ostensibly because he had hosted a television cooking show… (HT: @crucker)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was among the first to be fined for the offense on Monday, when the rule took effect in Bangkok. A photo on his official Facebook page showed him maskless as he chaired a meeting about COVID-19 vaccinations, drawing criticism online.
The city’s governor, Aswin Kwanmuang, said he, the city police chief and another officer went to collect a 6,000 baht ($190) fine from Prayuth, since it was his his first offense under rule. The incriminating photo was deleted from the prime minister’s account.
- New Alaska Airlines diversity livery.