Dennis Schaal

Founding Editor/Executive Editor: Dennis has always been sort of Skiftish in proudly pursuing his change/transformation muse. Whether it was battling the high school baseball coach’s prohibition against bushy sideburns (oh, those prom pictures), getting arrested for sitting-in against South African apartheid or breaking scoops about disrupters in travel and technology, Dennis has always been writing and fighting against legacy thinking in its voluminous and varying forms. OK, so back to matters at hand: Dennis is Skift's founding editor/executive editor, a member of its leadership team, and one of its three original gangsters. His beat is online travel; Dennis has penned numerous scoops, as well as two oral histories. They are The Definitive Oral History of Online Travel, and The Oral History of Travel's Greatest Acquisition, Booking.com. He also wrote a Skift ebook, The Future of Travel Booking. Dennis has appeared in numerous Skift Calls and podcasts, covering everything from Airbnb and Amazon to Expedia, and has participated in numerous TV and radio broadcasts representing Skift. Before his Executive Editor role at Skift, Dennis was North America Editor of Tnooz and a member of the launch team; a PhoCusWright analyst; Digital Traveler columnist for USA Today, and he filled a variety of slots at Travel Weekly, including Tech Editor and Business Travel Editor. Dennis is formerly Editor in Chief of Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine, and his career took a 12-year detour as he worked for Quotron/Citicorp as a computer hardware technician. His journalism career began at the daily newspaper, the Bridgeport Post (now called the Connecticut Post). A Boston University journalism graduate, Dennis has three adorable kids, who constantly give him grief about his omnipresent "Daddy shenanigans," as they call them.

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News Blog

Airbnb Increases Efforts to Boost Short-Term Rentals in Multifamily Buildings

Building on initiatives that had mixed results in the past, Airbnb is debuting an Airbnb-Friendly Apartments program to enable long-term renters in multifamily buildings where landlords permit it to list their rooms or apartments on Airbnb. Sentral Wynwood in Miami participated in Airbnb's new Airbnb-Friendly Apartments Program. Source: Airbnb For both guests and hosts, one…

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb’s Talking Points About Individual Hosts Hit a Reality Check

Airbnb has promoted a tale about the composition of hosts on its platforms, a saga contradicted by AirDNA research. It's time for Airbnb to be more transparent.

Airbnb’s Talking Points About Individual Hosts Hit a Reality Check

Skift Meetings

Plans Underway for Cincinnati Convention District

Cincinnati lost its bid to host FIFA World Cup matches in 2026, but that is not stopping it from investing in its convention district.

Plans Underway for Cincinnati Convention District

Media and PR

Lufthansa Puts Diversity Up Front in World Cup Advertising Campaign

Lufthansa’s primary message, “Diversity Wins,” communicated in such a light-hearted and celebratory tone, quietly asserts the brand’s value of acceptance, and its disagreement with some of Qatar's discriminatory stances.

Lufthansa Puts Diversity Up Front in World Cup Advertising Campaign

News Blog

New EU ID Checks Could See Much Longer Wait Times in 2023

Just when travelers thought that travel disruptions seen earlier this year may be easing, in May 2023 the European Union plans to introduce new fingerprint and biometric checks at external borders for third-country nationals that could lead to significantly longer wait times. Just in time for the the peak summer travel season in 2023, the…

Transport

Potential U.S. Rail Strike Prompts Call for Lawmakers to Intervene

The ongoing railroad-labor standoff poses billions of dollars in economic damages and key stakeholders called on Congress to intervene.

Potential U.S. Rail Strike Prompts Call for Lawmakers to Intervene

Airlines

The 2.56 Million Flyers Screened Sunday at U.S. Airports Was a Pandemic High

U.S. airlines for the most part avoided the cancellations mayhem seen earlier this year, and that's a major development.

The 2.56 Million Flyers Screened Sunday at U.S. Airports Was a Pandemic High

Online Travel

Despegar More Upbeat on Latin America Economic Climate Than in U.S. and Europe

Latin American economies frequently seem to be in shambles, but there are positive developments on the inflation front as far as Despegar is concerned.

Despegar More Upbeat on Latin America Economic Climate Than in U.S. and Europe

News Blog

Oman Tourism Opens the Way for Approved Short-Term Rentals

UnderTheDoormat Group CEO Merilee Karr said her company's new technology and distribution agreement with Visit Oman can be a novel approach to short-term regulation — one where technology can spur governments to embrace the sector rather than shun it. UnderTheDoormat CEO Merilee Karr and Shabib Al Maamari, managing director, Visit Oman, signed a a short-term…

News Blog

Expedia Partners With Buy Now Pay Later App Afterpay

Travelers booking flights and hotels from Expedia in a co-branded feature in the Afterpay app can now choose to pay in four interest-free payments over six weeks, Expedia announced. Passengers inside a plane. Source: Getty Images. "Expedia Group is proud to become Afterpay’s first major U.S. travel partner,” said Senior Vice President Media and Brand…