Articles by Dennis Schaal

Google’s Waymo Opens Self-Driving Cars to Public for Road Tests

Google’s Waymo Opens Self-Driving Cars to Public for Road Tests

Associated Press

Waymo and Fiat Chrysler are getting to the fun part of the whole self-driving car enterprise -- letting regular people take the cars out for a spin. Oh wait, it's the other way around. And why aren't they trying this in snowy Vermont instead of Arizona?

1 day ago

Emirates CEO Still Perplexed at U.S. Laptop Ban

Emirates CEO Still Perplexed at U.S. Laptop Ban

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

The CEOs of Emirates and Qatar airlines are suddenly being very diplomatic in their assessments of the U.S. laptop ban that's impacting their airlines to some degree. In this protectionist climate these days, we suspect they might offer a very different view in private.

1 day ago

Guests Can Rent Luxury Hotel Rooms by the Minute Via Recharge App

Guests Can Rent Luxury Hotel Rooms by the Minute Via Recharge App

Chris Rovzar and Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Is there a viable market for renting hotel rooms by the minute instead of hanging out at Starbucks for awhile? There are a few apps trying to find out. Meanwhile, this could be beneficial for some hotels if they can sort through the logistics.

3 days ago

Google Hotel Ads Is Becoming the Behemoth Everyone Feared

Google Hotel Ads Is Becoming the Behemoth Everyone Feared

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google has all the tools, including a giant search engine, to make its mark in hotel metasearch and its competitors are starting to really feel it. The only hope for rivals is a hail Mary to regulators — or to focus on being faster and better.

3 days ago

Overtourism and Artificial Intelligence Spell Trouble for Icelandic Language

Overtourism and Artificial Intelligence Spell Trouble for Icelandic Language

Egill Bjarnason, Associated Press

We certainly hope that overtourism, which in Iceland requires the import of foreign tourism workers to handle the influx of travelers, doesn't doom the Icelandic language. There's nothing like watching a 'hundslappadrifa' with a bunch of locals talking about it in their native tongue.

3 days ago

April the Giraffe Becomes Cash Cow for Tiny Zoo and Local Tourism

April the Giraffe Becomes Cash Cow for Tiny Zoo and Local Tourism

Mary Esch, Associated Press

Does your destination have trouble attracting visitors? There's an easy solution: Have a pregnant giraffe at the ready and livestream the birth. Oh well.

3 days ago

American Airlines’ Response To Its Social Media Moment Came After Learning From United

American Airlines’ Response To Its Social Media Moment Came After Learning From United

Mae Anderson, Associated Press

All the facts aren't known yet about the incident on board the American Airlines flight before it departed San Francisco but there are many lessons to be learned already. At the least, American Airlines' mea culpa came quickly as the carrier obviously learned from United's missteps.

4 days ago

U.S. Customs Revoked Global Entry for Some Muslim Americans

U.S. Customs Revoked Global Entry for Some Muslim Americans

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

Skift reported this story two months ago that the CBP was revoking Global Entry Enrollment from some Muslim-Americans and the CBP flatly denied it. This Bloomberg story confirmed that customs officials weren't telling the truth at the time.

5 days ago

Court Decision Gives Airbnb a Temporary Win in Miami

Court Decision Gives Airbnb a Temporary Win in Miami

Associated Press

A judge's decision to block Miami's attempt to clamp down on short-terms rentals isn't likely the end of the story. Still, Airbnb hosts appreciate the reprieve.

5 days ago

Budget Airline VietJet Looks to Increase Foreign Ownership

Budget Airline VietJet Looks to Increase Foreign Ownership

Luu Van Dat and Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen, Bloomberg

After its stock market debut a couple of months ago, VietJet is attracting a lot more interest from foreign investors and the airline is looking to accommodate them. The airline won't have much trouble securing a deal.

6 days ago

Bullet Train From L.A. to San Francisco Gets State Funding Despite Trump Opposition

Bullet Train From L.A. to San Francisco Gets State Funding Despite Trump Opposition

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

So much for a big federal infrastructure initiative. The Trump administration has blocked funding for California's bullet train so the state is selling bonds to fund the high-speed train from San Francisco to Los Angeles on its own.

6 days ago

Pilot Shortage Is a Factor In United Moving Away From Regional Jets

Pilot Shortage Is a Factor In United Moving Away From Regional Jets

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

United is reversing strategy and downplaying regional jets in favor of mainline service on important business routes domestically. The about-face from former CEO Jeff Smisek's strategy under current execs Munoz and Kirby will have rivals likely redrawing their own plans.

1 week ago