Articles by Dennis Schaal

Tesla Tells Taxis and Ridesharing Companies They Can’t Use Its Superchargers

Tesla Tells Taxis and Ridesharing Companies They Can’t Use Its Superchargers

Brian Eckhouse and Dana Hull, Bloomberg

Tesla has a limited supply of its Superchargers, and this isn't going to have a wide impact for now among commercial operators such as Uber and Lyft, or the taxi industry. Tesla, though, is expanding its reach: It will soon have three Supercharging stations in Manhattan, for example.

8 hours ago

Uber Secretly Recorded Rivals’ Meetings, Ex-Employee Letter Alleges

Uber Secretly Recorded Rivals’ Meetings, Ex-Employee Letter Alleges

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

It's still going to get a lot worse at Uber before it gets better in terms of headline-grabbing revelations if the Waymo lawsuit doesn't get settled. If business is war, then Uber seemingly used all the weapons it could muster.

14 hours ago

ANA Seeks Myanmar Investment to Tap Into Travel Demand

ANA Seeks Myanmar Investment to Tap Into Travel Demand

Ma Jie and Kiyotaka Matsuda , Bloomberg

ANA is very keen to invest in Myanmar to tap into travel demand in a fast-growing Asian economy. Does the Rohingya ethnic cleansing crisis fit at all into ANA's calculations? Not that we can tell.

2 days ago

Bali Hotels Face Occupancy Crisis Because of Volcano in Busy Tourism Season

Bali Hotels Face Occupancy Crisis Because of Volcano in Busy Tourism Season

Harry Suhartono, Kyunghee Park and Yudith Ho, Bloomberg

The volcanic eruption in Iceland put that country on the world's tourism map. Bali is already well-known, and there is little positive fallout from the volcanic disruptions there.

4 days ago

Expedia CEO: Math and Strategy Are ‘In Our Favor’

Expedia CEO: Math and Strategy Are ‘In Our Favor’

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia's HomeAway unit isn't as profitable as the parent company initially envisioned, and Booking.com rained on Trivago's parade. Still, Expedia itself — and financial analysts — are optimistic about Expedia's long-term prospects. Regardless of the promise, these are very challenging days in online travel.

6 days ago

Uber Mideast Rival Careem Pushes Ridesharing as Efficient Infrastructure Investment

Uber Mideast Rival Careem Pushes Ridesharing as Efficient Infrastructure Investment

Gwen Ackerman and Matthew Martin, Bloomberg

Ridesharing is an attractive way to transport people from point A to point B in many countries because of its convenience and the economics. But clogging roads with carbon dioxide-producing machines isn't sustainable

6 days ago

Egyptian Tourism Hopeful About Discovery of 2 Ancient Tombs in Luxor

Egyptian Tourism Hopeful About Discovery of 2 Ancient Tombs in Luxor

Ahmed Hatem, Associated Press

The discovery of these two ancient tombs won't be a game-changer for Egyptian tourism, but it can't hurt, either.

6 days ago

Disney Skyliner Gondolas Will Connect Theme Parks and Hotels

Disney Skyliner Gondolas Will Connect Theme Parks and Hotels

Associated Press

Hoteliers with properties on-site at Disney parks will welcome these new gondola connections. Guests will be able to beat some of the crowds and commute in style.

7 days ago

Interview: Skift CEO Rafat Ali on Travel Industry’s Sensory Deprivation Bubble

Interview: Skift CEO Rafat Ali on Travel Industry’s Sensory Deprivation Bubble

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Ya, digital isn't enough — although it helps — in the Age of Permanxiety. Still, when the Four Seasons housekeeper or the cruise ship waiter strikes up a conversation, and you can feel it is heartfelt, then that makes all the difference.

1 week ago

Ian Schrager Calls Out Hotel Industry’s Airbnb Strategy as Misguided

Ian Schrager Calls Out Hotel Industry’s Airbnb Strategy as Misguided

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If hotels could out-innovate Airbnb, then Schrager is right that would certainly be part of the answer to the threat posed by the homesharing company. However, Airbnb is more nimble than many big chains. And they are unlikely to give up their legislative efforts anytime soon.

1 week ago

Egencia Is Looking for Scale in Mergers and Acquisitions, Not New Geographies

Egencia Is Looking for Scale in Mergers and Acquisitions, Not New Geographies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia has been talking for a couple of years about being opportunistic when it comes to mergers and acquisitions for its Egencia business travel unit. That may be on the back burner for awhile, though, as the parent company, which has been bogged down in integrating acquisitions over the past couple of years, focuses on growing what it already has.

1 week ago

Expedia CEO Declares Company’s Global Land Grab Is Nearly Over

Expedia CEO Declares Company’s Global Land Grab Is Nearly Over

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia isn't done trying to grow; that would be suicide for any public company. Instead, Expedia argues it can best spur growth by digging in deeper in countries where it already operates rather than expanding its map. The new strategy boils down to a question of priorities, and could change again in coming years.

1 week ago