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Articles by Dennis Schaal

Airbnb Drops NYC Lawsuit But Hosts Still Face Huge Fines

Airbnb Drops NYC Lawsuit But Hosts Still Face Huge Fines

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

The settlement with New York City amounts to a defeat for Airbnb in its largest market in the U.S.. If it were a public company, its stock would have just taken a nosedive. Now it remains to be seen how aggressively NYC enforces penalties against hosts who aren't present during a rental.

9 hours ago

Airport Workers Are the Have Nots of the Aviation Industry

Airport Workers Are the Have Nots of the Aviation Industry

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

If airlines want to truly improve the passenger experience, they can't ignore the plight of people who work for contractors at the airport. The airport, obviously, is a big part of the customer experience.

1 day ago

The Pitfalls and Perils of Online Travel Acquisitions

The Pitfalls and Perils of Online Travel Acquisitions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Ctrip, when acquiring Skyscanner, should call up, or at least compare notes with, companies as varied as Sabre, Travelocity, the Priceline Group, and Expedia when mulling the challenges in integrating a new prized possession. These new playthings can in rare cases turn into the success of a Booking.com, but on the other hand they have the potential to wreak havoc.

1 day ago

Expedia Turns to Amazon Alexa for Its First Attempt at Voice Search

Expedia Turns to Amazon Alexa for Its First Attempt at Voice Search

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to new tech platforms and technologies such as voice-activated search with Amazon Alexa, the advantage, in the short term, goes to the big travel tech and marketing companies, including online travel agencies and metasearch companies, because they have the engineering staff and other resources to address these disruptions.

3 days ago

As DOT Secretary Elaine Chao Would Likely Ease Airline Regulation

As DOT Secretary Elaine Chao Would Likely Ease Airline Regulation

Joan Lowy and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press

Don't expect prospective Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to get aggressive with airlines or private industry in general. Calls to force airlines to distribute their ancillary services and fares to outlets they disdain are likely to go nowhere.

4 days ago

Startup Boom Technology Aims to Revive Supersonic Flights Under New Model

Startup Boom Technology Aims to Revive Supersonic Flights Under New Model

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

The demand is there for a next-generation supersonic aircraft but startup Boom Technologies needs to prove that it can nail the economics.

4 days ago

Cendyn Buys Guestfolio to Expand Its Hotel Digital Marketing Solutions

Cendyn Buys Guestfolio to Expand Its Hotel Digital Marketing Solutions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As with Cendyn and Guestfolio, further consolidation is likely in the hotel marketing and loyalty sector as the number of competitors proliferate and the opportunities grow.

4 days ago

Tourists in Cuba in Wake of Castro’s Death Find Many Attractions Shuttered

Tourists in Cuba in Wake of Castro’s Death Find Many Attractions Shuttered

Peter Orsi, Associated Press

Tourists in Cuba will have stories to tell for years about their vacation in Cuba when Fidel Castro died. The tourist attractions and bars may be closed but it should be interesting to see how Cubans mark Castro's passing -- or don't.

5 days ago

Exclusive: Ctrip CEO on Global Ambitions, Skyscanner Buy and the Priceline Relationship

Exclusive: Ctrip CEO on Global Ambitions, Skyscanner Buy and the Priceline Relationship

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In its short history, Skift has talked about the balance of power in travel heading East, whether it is the influence of Chinese travelers, the rise of Ctrip and Alibaba, or the emergence of the Gulf carriers with their luxury long-haul flights. Ctrip's acquisition of Skyscanner is one of those moments that mattered in 2016 and Ctrip's global ambitions are a manifestation of what we have been talking about.

5 days ago

Orlando Has Few Current Options to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

Orlando Has Few Current Options to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

Jeff Weiner, Associated Press

City, county, state, provincial, and national regulations on Airbnb, HomeAway, and countless other short-term rental companies are almost as diverse as the rentals themselves. Oh, for some standardization -- but that won't happen anytime soon.

6 days ago

Airbus’ Biggest A350 Jet Makes Its First Flight

Airbus’ Biggest A350 Jet Makes Its First Flight

Christopher Jasper and Andrea Rothman, Bloomberg

The ascendance of twin-jets like the Airbus A350-1000 doesn't mean four-engine wide-bodies will see their retirement anytime soon. The price of fuel will have a lot to say about the viability of the biggest planes.

1 week ago

China Tourism To U.S. Had Worst Year Since 2010

China Tourism To U.S. Had Worst Year Since 2010

Daniel Meesak, Jing Daily

Chinese tourism to the U.S. is decelerating despite the fact that there was no Brexit in the U.S. and terrorism incidents didn't have the scale of those in Europe in the last couple of years. Is double-digit growth the new normal?

1 week ago