Articles by Dennis Schaal

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Global Airlines Bow to Chinese Pressure on Taiwan Designation

Global Airlines Bow to Chinese Pressure on Taiwan Designation

Bloomberg

Designating Taiwan as a part of China is an alternative fact, at least in terms of current realities. And airlines around the world weren't about to risk losing access to a lucrative market and those precious outbound Chinese travelers.

2 months ago

Ford in Talks to Buy Landmark Train Station in Detroit

Ford in Talks to Buy Landmark Train Station in Detroit

Corey Williams, Associated Press

Ford is investing in downtown Detroit. The city hopes other corporations and investment will follow.

2 months ago

London Stansted Airport Subject to Flight Disruptions After UK Lightning Strikes

London Stansted Airport Subject to Flight Disruptions After UK Lightning Strikes

Associated Press

The flight disruptions at London Stansted will have a spillover effect at other airports during a UK bank holiday. Mother Nature obviously got her calendar wrong for this.

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Yelp Targets Google Employees in New Antitrust Drive

Yelp Targets Google Employees in New Antitrust Drive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Yelp's efforts to see tighter regulation of Google's business practices could have more success this time around than several years ago, when the U.S. Federal Trade Commission dropped the ball. European Union regulators have really cast the previous U.S. effort in a shameful light, and the Trump team may be more sympathetic than the Obama administration.

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Charter Company in Cuba Plane Crash Was Subject of Safety Complaints

Charter Company in Cuba Plane Crash Was Subject of Safety Complaints

Michael Weissenstein and Bert Wilkinson, Associated Press

Mexican authorities will investigate the charter company involved in the Cuban plane crash. Lets hope authorities in Mexico and Cuba will find out what happened.

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Club Med Parent Fosun Mulls Acquisitions in North America

Club Med Parent Fosun Mulls Acquisitions in North America

Bloomberg

Another Chinese conglomerate, this one with insurance, pharmaceutical, and tourism holdings, is looking to expand globally through acquisitions. Given that HNA Group, Dalian Wanda Group. and Anbang are scurrying to unload assets, does Fosun's strategy raise any red flags?

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Trivago Spins Alternative Accommodations as Its Ace in the Hole

Trivago Spins Alternative Accommodations as Its Ace in the Hole

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In some ways, Trivago and TripAdvisor find themselves in similar situations, although TripAdvisor has more upside because of its global brand awareness and the breadth of its offerings. But both need time to play the long game. In Trivago's case, it is now seeing alternative accommodations as a potential life line.

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TripAdvisor CEO Doubles Estimate of Attractions Business to $2 Billion

TripAdvisor CEO Doubles Estimate of Attractions Business to $2 Billion

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The tours and activities sector is not hotels 2.0. It's a massive business opportunity, though. TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer estimated it will be about half the size of the hotel sector, with similar take rates. That's indeed very substantial.

2 months ago

Norway Backs Limits on Airbnb for the Good of the Neighbors

Norway Backs Limits on Airbnb for the Good of the Neighbors

Peter Levring, Bloomberg

Why should Norway be different than any place else? The government wants to ensure that neighborhoods don't get disrupted and that professionals don't nab the housing stock to devote to rentals.

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No Travel Restrictions Yet After Congo Ebola Outbreak

No Travel Restrictions Yet After Congo Ebola Outbreak

Katherine Tam, Bloomberg

The Ebola outbreak in the Congo in Central Africa doesn't appear to be widespread at this point, but health authorities will need to provide aid quickly, and travel companies will have to monitor the situation.

2 months ago

JetBlue and Pilots Union Reach First Agreement

JetBlue and Pilots Union Reach First Agreement

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

The lack of an agreement with its pilots had been an albatross for JetBlue for the last few years. What will the impact be? The two sides haven't released any details of the agreement yet.

2 months ago

Not Just for Hotels — Booking Holdings Has a Direct Strategy of Its Own

Not Just for Hotels — Booking Holdings Has a Direct Strategy of Its Own

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With less fanfare than hotels, but with a ton of TV spend, Booking Holdings is intent on increasing its share of direct bookings. Anything that gets in its way, including metasearch sites that go out of favor, will be collateral damage.

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