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.

Latest Stories

Business Travel

How Hipmunk plans to take the agony out of business travel

Hipmunk business class is a smart move, although the company will find out that business travel is more than a few features and isn't "easy."

Online Travel

EU presses Google on far-reaching settlement, including mobile

The EU isn't buying Google's claims that preferencing its own products improves the user experience. U.S. regulatory authorities are lagging in their probes.

Skift Originals

Kayak IPO maiden flight: Will it take off? Live updates

The whole world -- the travel tech world, that is -- is watching as Kayak takes its shot on the first day of going public. The market will have its say and make its ultimate verdict over the long term.

Skift Originals

TripAdvisor won’t remove review despite hotel’s Olympic security concerns

The hotel is being overly defensive about mentions of its Ministry of Defence guests, and TripAdvisor is correct in not censoring the review-writer. After all, according to the article, the hotel has written openly in the past about special rates for ministry employees so it's no secret.

Hotels

TripAdvisor making friends in UK after spate of bad PR

After getting slapped on the wrist by UK regulatory authorities regarding the trustworthiness of its reviews, and being subjected to adverse press reports, TripAdvisor is anxious to portray its tourism status as a solid citizen. Of course 25% of TripAdvisor users stay longer at hotels than other travelers -- it takes time to pack and write all those reviews before heading out to the next destination.

Hotels

Travelzoo looks to new hotel model and investment as growth slows

Travelzoo -- like almost everyone else -- is facing competitive pressures in the deals arena so it is looking for new revenue streams from hotels, and is seeking to manufacture some momentum through increased marketing spend.

Online Travel

Kayak considering bigger IPO with price range increase

You'd think Kayak might take a more conservative approach on pricing after the Facebook swoon, but a cork-popping $1 billion valuation maybe within Kayak's grasp and it has waited so long for this day.

Online Travel

So you’re a travel startup with lots of questions …

Not a bad idea by OpenTravel, although it would be ironic if co-sponsor Sabre imparts advice to startups when it has tried to crush at least a couple that stood in its way.

Online Travel

How newlyweds can let others help bankroll their honeymoons

Wanderable's travel-gift registry for honeymooners may be just the ticket: There is a market for newlyweds wanting to travel a different path.

Business Travel

Fare-tracker Yapta’s new CEO to target corporate market rather than consumers

Yapta's push into the corporate market is a no-brainer as it can provide a valuable service for large corporations which don't have such tools of their own.