Articles by Sean O'Neill

Rome Enlists New Patrols to Protect the Trevi Fountain and Other Landmarks From Tourists

Rome Enlists New Patrols to Protect the Trevi Fountain and Other Landmarks From Tourists

Associated Press

By tapping retired cops as a workforce, Rome may have found a cost-effective way to try to help manage the effects of overtourism. Expect other highly visited destinations to watch the experiment closely.

3 hours ago

Business of Loyalty: What the Travel Industry Could Learn From Amazon Prime

Business of Loyalty: What the Travel Industry Could Learn From Amazon Prime

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amazon's subscription model — which has already disrupted music, groceries, and retail — could be the key to travel brands unlocking more revenue per customer. Here's the lowdown on the latest tests.

20 hours ago

Trivago Joins Rivals in Offering Hotels a Rate-Shopping Tool

Trivago Joins Rivals in Offering Hotels a Rate-Shopping Tool

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Trivago is bold to take on the giants Booking.com and Expedia Inc. by debuting hotel data services, too. But its rate-shopping tool is better designed and possibly more powerful than what its rivals offer. Game on.

20 hours ago

Airbus Needs Emirates Airlines to Buy More of Its A380s

Airbus Needs Emirates Airlines to Buy More of Its A380s

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

The Airbus A380 is not cheaper to run than other aircraft on a per-seat basis. Fortunately, well-funded Emirates Airline sees a recovery in demand and may decide to splurge on the superjumbos anyway.

1 day ago

The Qatar Crisis Is Boosting the Fortunes of Air Arabia

The Qatar Crisis Is Boosting the Fortunes of Air Arabia

Filipe Pacheco and Deena Kamel Yousef, Bloomberg

Investor interest in Air Arabia is rebounding as the low-cost carrier takes share from Qatar Airways, suffering from the Qatar diplomatic ban. But beware of investing in airline stocks in this region.

1 day ago

Momondo CEO Exits Company as Acquisition by Kayak Closes

Momondo CEO Exits Company as Acquisition by Kayak Closes

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It’s surprising that Momondo Group CEO Hugo Burge would depart the moment the acquisition of his brands by Priceline Group would close. But Kayak’s promise of boosted marketing spend suggests the Momondo and Cheapflight brands will live on.

1 day ago

The IRS May Crack Down on Airbnb and Uber Income and Unpaid Taxes

The IRS May Crack Down on Airbnb and Uber Income and Unpaid Taxes

Ben Brody, Bloomberg

Hundreds of millions of dollars in taxable income go unreported every year by Airbnb hosts, Uber drivers, and similar sharing-economy workers. As the federal budget gets pressured, expect tax authorities to come calling.

4 days ago

U.S. to Ban Tourist Visits to North Korea

U.S. to Ban Tourist Visits to North Korea

Matthew Lee, Associated Press

The ban, starting in September, comes after a U.S. student died from an injury after detainment in a North Korean prison. While Skift believes free travel is a right and is also helpful geopolitically, this may be an exceptional case.

4 days ago

Overtourism Leads Zion National Park to Consider New Reservation System

Overtourism Leads Zion National Park to Consider New Reservation System

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press

Instead of tranquility, summer visitors find crammed shuttle buses, epic bathroom lines, and damaged foliage at Zion National Park in Utah. Testing a fair reservation system is worth it to combat overtourism.

4 days ago

Cash-Back Biz Travel App Raises $7 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Cash-Back Biz Travel App Raises $7 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Dosh says it has 55 people working on letting travelers earn cash back on the money they spend on business trips, while Hoperator has debuted to bring AI tools to hotel chat. Each has promise.

5 days ago

Airports Still Await Takeoff of Air Traffic Control Privatization

Airports Still Await Takeoff of Air Traffic Control Privatization

Kevin Freking, Associated Press

Privatization of the U.S. air traffic control ought to make travel more efficient. But will there be enough funding? Will it be drawn from levies on flights rather than on passengers? Who will set the fees?

5 days ago

AmEx Is in Hand-to-Hand Combat With JPMorgan Over Rewards Cards

AmEx Is in Hand-to-Hand Combat With JPMorgan Over Rewards Cards

Jenny Surane, Bloomberg

The success of JPMorgan Chase’s Sapphire Reserve Card has forced American Express to compete and spend the most in at least nine years on its card rewards. It's time to check if you have the most generous card.

5 days ago