Articles by Dennis Schaal

Skift Forum Europe: Google Travel Exec Details Changing Consumer Behavior

Skift Forum Europe: Google Travel Exec Details Changing Consumer Behavior

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Companies often chase and vie to sign on influencers for marketing purposes, but all can agree that Google is one of the most powerful forces in travel. Despite Facebook's inroads, Google travel products are ascending and Heckmann will shed light on their trajectory.

1 day ago

Attacker Near UK Parliament Leaves 3 Dead and Many Injured

Attacker Near UK Parliament Leaves 3 Dead and Many Injured

Robert Hutton, Thomas Penny and Tim Ross, Bloomberg

The attack in London on the first anniversary of the Brussels bombings, and a day after the UK imposed new flight-security restrictions, could spur more stringent counter-measures.

2 days ago

Attempted Hack of Baidu Is Latest Twist in Driverless Car Drama

Attempted Hack of Baidu Is Latest Twist in Driverless Car Drama

Tom Mackenzie, Bloomberg

Between the Google/Waymo lawsuit against Uber over allegedly pilfered driverless car technology and now the apparent bid by hackers to exploit Baidu's intellectual property related to self-driving cars, it is even more apparent that there are enormous stakes in this sector.

2 days ago

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon

Caroline Winter, Bloomberg

No pain, no gain. SpaceX's first paying passengers with a moon fly-by on their itinerary will have to put up with some minor physical side effects and also considerable stress in being pioneers in space tourism. If these sorts of jaunts ever go mainstream, travel agents will have to advise their clients about the best ways to cope with the rigors of these joy rides.

2 days ago

Uber Rivals in Dubai and China Form Alliance to Compete

Uber Rivals in Dubai and China Form Alliance to Compete

Bloomberg

While Uber is facing its own internal struggles, rivals are teaming up in China and Dubai although Yidao in China confronts problems of its own. There will be a ton of maneuvering around the world before the pecking order is really established.

4 days ago

Miami Officials Warn Airbnb Hosts They May Be Guilty of Tax Fraud

Miami Officials Warn Airbnb Hosts They May Be Guilty of Tax Fraud

Associated Press

A visit or call to an accountant or tax lawyer may be a wise thing to do for Airbnb hosts who are homeowners in Miami Dade County, Florida until local politicians get their act together.

5 days ago

Cruise Lines, Travel Agencies Drop Trips From China to S. Korea Over Missile Defense Issue

Cruise Lines, Travel Agencies Drop Trips From China to S. Korea Over Missile Defense Issue

Christopher Bodeen and Youkyung Lee, Associated Press

Cruise lines, travel agencies and airlines are getting caught up in the diplomatic tiff and public outcry in China related to South Korea deploying a U.S. missile defense system. There isn't much choice as the Chinese government has banned much of this travel and, at any rate, there is a drop in demand.

5 days ago

U.S. Asks Hawaii Judge to Clarify Travel Ban Ruling on Refugees

U.S. Asks Hawaii Judge to Clarify Travel Ban Ruling on Refugees

Associated Press

Did the Hawaii judge block the entire travel ban 2.0 or just parts of it? The Trump administration is trying to figure out if it can still temporarily block all refugees, regardless of their religion or citizenship.

5 days ago

Disney Agrees to Pay Workers $3.8 Million In Back Wages and Costume Fees

Disney Agrees to Pay Workers $3.8 Million In Back Wages and Costume Fees

Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg

Disney, a company that reported $55.6 billion in 2016 revenue should, should be ashamed of treating its workers so shabbily that it was forced to pay a penalty of $3.8 million for trying to cut some corners.

6 days ago

Trump Administration Is Appealing Travel Ban Ruling By Maryland Judge

Trump Administration Is Appealing Travel Ban Ruling By Maryland Judge

Associated Press

Trump administration lawyers may believe they'll have better luck succeeding at an appeal in the 4th Circuit, which handles the Maryland case, than in the 9th Circuit, which rejected an appeal of the travel ban's original stay, which came down in Washington State.

7 days ago

TripAdvisor CFO Sees ‘Hotel-Like’ Commissions in a $1 Billion Tours and Activities Business

TripAdvisor CFO Sees ‘Hotel-Like’ Commissions in a $1 Billion Tours and Activities Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If TripAdvisor's hotel-booking drive doesn't work out in the face of intense competition, tours and activities won't be bungee-jumping to the rescue. But it still can be an attractive business and TripAdvisor is best-positioned for now to make it work.

1 week ago

TripAdvisor Debuts Facebook Messenger Chatbot for User-Generated Recommendations

TripAdvisor Debuts Facebook Messenger Chatbot for User-Generated Recommendations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If your company doesn't have an artificial intelligence-fueled chatbot, the odds are you will one day. Is your company going to sit out this trend like so many procrastinators, or resource-constrained companies, did when the first crop of mobile apps appeared? History does have a habit of repeating itself but it doesn't have to.

1 week ago