Articles by Dennis Schaal

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Multitasks as a Workout Center

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Multitasks as a Workout Center

Verena Dobnik , Associated Press

Leave it to an iconic museum to get creative about the use of its space and the creation of exercise art. How would this work at The Smithsonian or The Louvre?

3 days ago

National Park Service Could Take on Route 66 Promotional Role

National Park Service Could Take on Route 66 Promotional Role

Associated Press

We hope this effort to preserve a part of American history cruises along on all-cylinders.

4 days ago

A ‘Streamlined’ Version of the Travel Ban is in the Works, Homeland Security Chief Says

A ‘Streamlined’ Version of the Travel Ban is in the Works, Homeland Security Chief Says

Associated Press, David Rising

When it comes to a "streamlined" version of the Trump administration's upcoming travel restrictions, the devil will be in the details. Expressions of surprise that the court blocked the executive order show how isolated and out of touch the authors were.

4 days ago

Southwest Sues Mechanics Over Alleged Slowdown

Southwest Sues Mechanics Over Alleged Slowdown

Associated Press

Southwest executives usually tout the stellar status of their labor relations. It looks as though the feeling isn't mutual.

5 days ago

Cuba Isn’t Working Out as a Very Popular Destination So Far

Cuba Isn’t Working Out as a Very Popular Destination So Far

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Cuba as a travel destination may have been over-hyped in the early days when Obama and the Cuban government improved ties because the complications of traveling there, coupled with a limited number of hotels, has dampened expected demand. All in due time.

5 days ago

Expedia CFO on Google Relationship — The Positives and Negatives Balance Out

Expedia CFO on Google Relationship — The Positives and Negatives Balance Out

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google's paid-search and product practices enable the big -- like Expedia -- to get bigger. So what's not to like? Although other businesses that aren't as well-positioned as Expedia and the Priceline Group undoubtably take a more critical view.

5 days ago

President Trump Says New Travel Ban Will Be Crafted Around the Court Ruling

President Trump Says New Travel Ban Will Be Crafted Around the Court Ruling

Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg

Oh, we just can't wait to see the next version of the travel ban and refugee prohibition. Hopefully it will indeed take the appeals court's ruling and the U.S. Constitution into account.

6 days ago

Airbnb’s Buy of Luxury Retreats Is Latest of a Dozen Acquisitions

Airbnb’s Buy of Luxury Retreats Is Latest of a Dozen Acquisitions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As a growing company with global ambitions and a $3 billion stockpile, Airbnb wants to buy stuff. You can expect that more acquisitions are on the way as Airbnb expects to branch out into related sectors.

6 days ago

TripAdvisor Rethinks Marketing as It Tries to Solve Instant Booking Problems

TripAdvisor Rethinks Marketing as It Tries to Solve Instant Booking Problems

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor became the largest travel site in the world based on its high profile in free search results. But Google has become a hyper-monetized marketplace and TripAdvisor's competitors have the resources to grossly outspend it in digital marketing.

6 days ago

A Portuguese Hotel Group Is Charging Below-Market Rates, Angering Rivals

A Portuguese Hotel Group Is Charging Below-Market Rates, Angering Rivals

Henrique Almeida, Bloomberg

That's capitalism. Private equity firms swooped in to buy hotels when the market was weak and now they are positioned to undercut the competition. No one ever accused private equity of playing fair.

1 week ago

U.S. Airlines Cancelled Fewer Flights in 2016 Than Any Year on Record

U.S. Airlines Cancelled Fewer Flights in 2016 Than Any Year on Record

Associated Press

Either someone is cooking the books or the biggest airlines in the country, despite several high-profile tech outages, are getting their acts together.

1 week ago

U.S. State Department Strengthens El Salvador Travel Warning

U.S. State Department Strengthens El Salvador Travel Warning

Associated Press

Does the language of this warning represent a new angle on the Trump administration's State Department travel warnings? We'll have to wait and see.

1 week ago