Dennis Schaal

Founding Editor/Executive Editor: Dennis has always been sort of Skiftish in proudly pursuing his change/transformation muse. Whether it was battling the high school baseball coach’s prohibition against bushy sideburns (oh, those prom pictures), getting arrested for sitting-in against South African apartheid or breaking scoops about disrupters in travel and technology, Dennis has always been writing and fighting against legacy thinking in its voluminous and varying forms. OK, so back to matters at hand: Dennis is Skift's founding editor/executive editor, a member of its leadership team, and one of its three original gangsters. His beat is online travel; Dennis has penned numerous scoops, as well as two oral histories. They are The Definitive Oral History of Online Travel, and The Oral History of Travel's Greatest Acquisition, Booking.com. He also wrote a Skift ebook, The Future of Travel Booking. Dennis has appeared in numerous Skift Calls and podcasts, covering everything from Airbnb and Amazon to Expedia, and has participated in numerous TV and radio broadcasts representing Skift. Before his Executive Editor role at Skift, Dennis was North America Editor of Tnooz and a member of the launch team; a PhoCusWright analyst; Digital Traveler columnist for USA Today, and he filled a variety of slots at Travel Weekly, including Tech Editor and Business Travel Editor. Dennis is formerly Editor in Chief of Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine, and his career took a 12-year detour as he worked for Quotron/Citicorp as a computer hardware technician. His journalism career began at the daily newspaper, the Bridgeport Post (now called the Connecticut Post). A Boston University journalism graduate, Dennis has three adorable kids, who constantly give him grief about his omnipresent "Daddy shenanigans," as they call them.

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Online Travel

Skiplagged Plays Whac-A-Mole With Southwest Flights

As the saying goes, you can run but you can't hide. Skiplagged may be marketing Southwest flights for now and helping flyers book them, but this practice doesn't have a bright future.

Skiplagged Plays Whac-A-Mole With Southwest Flights

Online Travel

Booking Holdings to Buy Flights Partner ETraveli Group for $1.8 Billion

Booking Holdings is on a pre-Christmas buying spree after announcing two pending acquisitions, ETraveli Group and Getaroom, within two weeks. Both are mostly back-of-the-house acquisitions that will bolster Booking's flight and hotels business.

Booking Holdings to Buy Flights Partner ETraveli Group for $1.8 Billion

Startups

Laurence Tosi’s WestCap Leads $80 Million Funding for Activities Booking Site Peek

Peek survived the pandemic when so many tours and activities' operators went into hibernation or worse, and now it has another $80 million in the bank for expansion. With business-to-business software as hot as it is, that's not a bad place to be.

Laurence Tosi’s WestCap Leads $80 Million Funding for Activities Booking Site Peek

Online Travel

Vacation Rentals and Cruises Led Surge in Paid Marketing in October

Call it a vote of confidence in the holiday travel season: Travel marketers came back to Google and other outlets in a big way in October.

Vacation Rentals and Cruises Led Surge in Paid Marketing in October

Online Travel

Spain’s eDreams Odigeo Doubles Subscribers to 2 Million in 6 Months

Well, looky here. It isn't just short-term rentals and digital nomads "reinventing travel." eDreams Odigeo claimed a piece of that boast as it projected turning travel's business model upside down and having more than seven million members in its Prime subscription program by mid-2025.

Spain’s eDreams Odigeo Doubles Subscribers to 2 Million in 6 Months

Airlines

TSA Screened 2.24 Million Passengers Friday, Highest Since Pandemic’s Beginnings

It appears as though the holiday season will be very busy for travel but Covid outbreaks in Europe could dampen enthusiasm.

TSA Screened 2.24 Million Passengers Friday, Highest Since Pandemic’s Beginnings

Tourism

Vaccine Passports Need to Be Paired With Testing to Be Effective, New Data Shows

The truth hurts sometimes: Vaccine passports would be a relatively convenient way to boost international travel, but Israeli data suggest that requiring PCR testing, as well, would be prudent.

Vaccine Passports Need to Be Paired With Testing to Be Effective, New Data Shows

Tourism

International Visitors Return to New York But Full Recovery Could Take Four Years

New York City tourism recovered after the horrific attacks of 9/11, and it will do so again after the pandemic. Perhaps the current four-year forecast for the bounce back of international travel is too conservative.

International Visitors Return to New York But Full Recovery Could Take Four Years

Online Travel

A Top Exec for Tripadvisor’s Beleaguered Subscription Business Forced Out

The dominos are falling over the dashed hopes for Tripadvisor Plus. Chalk up CEO Kaufer and Chief Marketing Officer Lindsay Nelson as among the casualties with potentially more to come.

A Top Exec for Tripadvisor’s Beleaguered Subscription Business Forced Out

Startups

OTA Insight Nabs $80 Million in Funding From Spectrum Equity

The SiteMinder IPO in Australia served as inspiration for numerous travel tech and data intelligence companies, including OTA Insight. The latter hopes that Spectrum Equity can help OTA Insight make a similar leap.

OTA Insight Nabs $80 Million in Funding From Spectrum Equity