Articles by Dennis Schaal

Spain Attacks Won’t Adversely Impact European Travel Market, Says TUI CEO

Spain Attacks Won’t Adversely Impact European Travel Market, Says TUI CEO

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Tragedies happen and people keep on traveling because — as an IAC/Expedia official put it soon after 9/11 — without travel there is no life. TUI and other tour operators are optimistic about their forecasts.

4 hours ago

Alaska Airlines and Royal Caribbean Make a Show of the Solar Eclipse for Their Passengers

Alaska Airlines and Royal Caribbean Make a Show of the Solar Eclipse for Their Passengers

Rachel La Corte and David Fischer, Associated Press

It's all about experiential travel, isn't it? And it certainly was on total solar eclipse day on the U.S. coasts and across its mid-section in towns and cities big and small. Alaska Airlines and Royal Caribbean seized the moment, creating something their passengers will talk about for years to come.

19 hours ago

Saudi Arabia Claims Qatar Blocks Its Hajj Flights for Qatari Pilgrims

Saudi Arabia Claims Qatar Blocks Its Hajj Flights for Qatari Pilgrims

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

It isn't surprising that Qatar would bar Saudi aircraft — given the recent hostilities between the two countries — even if it's to pick up pilgrims for the hajj. When Saudi Arabia comes to terms with Qatar over their overall issues, then landing rights would be granted.

2 days ago

Spanish Tourism Is a Lot Bigger Than Barcelona and Will Bounce Back Soon

Spanish Tourism Is a Lot Bigger Than Barcelona and Will Bounce Back Soon

Thomas Seal, Christopher Jasper and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Human beings are adaptable animals and traveler behavior — for better or worse — may be shifting toward getting somewhat used to attacks in Europe, and proceeding with trips anyway especially when the attacks may impact particular cities rather than entire countries.

2 days ago

Solar Eclipse Tourist Influx In Oregon and Idaho Could Be Impacted by Traffic, Wildfires or Weather

Solar Eclipse Tourist Influx In Oregon and Idaho Could Be Impacted by Traffic, Wildfires or Weather

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

Forget about what's going to happen in the sky. On the sidewalks of Weiser, Idaho, population 5,500, townsfolk may never see anything like this again as 20,000 visitors are expected on Monday. Similar scenes are expected in small towns across the U.S. that are anticipating a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

2 days ago

Travel This Week: Will Airbnb Block Hotel Surge Pricing for Solar Eclipse?

Travel This Week: Will Airbnb Block Hotel Surge Pricing for Solar Eclipse?

Sean O'Neill and Dennis Schaal, Skift

Hotels used to be nearly the only game in town for accommodations during high-demand occasions, and they could charge whatever the market would bear. They can still charge guests whatever the market will bear but the question is whether companies such as Airbnb are changing the market and pricing dynamics.

2 days ago

South Africa and Zimbabwe Block Each Other’s Flights After Zimbabwe First Lady Accused of Assault

South Africa and Zimbabwe Block Each Other’s Flights After Zimbabwe First Lady Accused of Assault

Associated Press

As we've learned over the past couple of years, aviation is inextricably linked with politics. The U.S. big three airlines want to end Open Skies agreements with Persian Gulf countries; a Saudi-led coalition banned Qatar Airways flights, and now South Africa and Zimbabwe are using flights as leverage in a diplomatic dispute involving assault allegations against the Zimbabwe first lady.

3 days ago

Airline Stock Weakness After Attacks in Spain Is a Buying Opportunity, Cowen Analyst Says

Airline Stock Weakness After Attacks in Spain Is a Buying Opportunity, Cowen Analyst Says

Associated Press

Travel and transportation-related stocks often dip after a crisis but when travelers return, so do share prices.

3 days ago

Van Plows Into Crowd in Barcelona Tourism Area, 13 Dead

Van Plows Into Crowd in Barcelona Tourism Area, 13 Dead

Associated Press

The area was crowded with Barcelona residents and tourists at the time of the incident. Thirteen are confirmed dead and the death toll is likely to mount.

5 days ago

Travel-Tilting Hedge Funds Are Investing in Airlines and Online Travel Agencies

Travel-Tilting Hedge Funds Are Investing in Airlines and Online Travel Agencies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Follow the money — at your own risk, of course. These two hedge funds are putting their money in airline and online travel agency stocks, often investing in competitors. Rising tides lift all boats, after all.

6 days ago

Skift Global Forum 2017: Learn From Online Travel’s Most Influential CEOs

Skift Global Forum 2017: Learn From Online Travel’s Most Influential CEOs

Dennis Schaal, Skift

From overtourism and artificial intelligence to direct booking campaigns and the latest deals, there's a lot of ground to cover with the most influential decision-makers in online travel.

1 week ago

Ousted Uber CEO Plots a Comeback But it Is Not the Steve Jobs Kind

Ousted Uber CEO Plots a Comeback But it Is Not the Steve Jobs Kind

Brad Stone, Bloomberg

Can Kalanick mend his ways and reform Uber's toxic culture? Highly doubtful. Does he even want to? Uber's product teams are still functioning in a business-as-usual manner, but this mess won't get cleaned up until the CEO mess gets cleaned up.

1 week ago