EU calls on Western Balkans to create a single economic area

PRISTINA, Kosovo – The European Union’s enlargement commissioner on Thursday urged the countries of the Western Balkans to create a single economic area to better feel the benefits of the bloc’s investment plans.

Oliver Varhelyi was in Kosovo as part of a tour of the Balkans. He urged Kosovo to “speed up the reforms because these investments go hand in hand with the reform efforts.”

The EU this week approved

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Road trip ideas for Wilmington area travelers this fall

Allison Ballard
| Wilmington StarNews

Among the many disruptions that the coronavirus pandemic has caused, one ongoing frustration has been the cancellation or postponement of long-awaited vacations. Now, months into the pandemic, you may be among those who are really ready for a chance for escape.

Rick Courtney, a local musician, said he was looking forward to his anniversary and a family reunion this fall. But uncertainty about the pandemic

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COVID hotels for Bay Area homeless residents set to close

The Bay Area is winding down the grand experiment that sheltered thousands of its homeless residents in safe environments during the pandemic, raising fresh concerns about the spread of COVID-19 as officials scramble to find alternative housing.

Gov. Gavin Newsom launched Project Roomkey in April, a first-of-its-kind program that moved unhoused residents into hotels to protect them from the virus. Six months later, with federal funding sources poised to expire,

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Active fire scene in Montgomery, officials say avoid travel in the area


Multiple units responded to a fire Oct. 7 at the roundabout construction site off Montgomery Road. (Photo: Hannah Ruhoff/Enquirer)

Crews will work overnight to repair a ruptured gas line that resulted in a large fire off Montgomery Road Wednesday afternoon, according to Montgomery, Ohio officials.

Multiple units responded to the fire at the roundabout construction site, located at Montgomery Road and Ronald Reagan Highway. The fire was caused by

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Bay Area couples divided by pandemic travel ban

When Catie Torres said goodbye to her boyfriend at the airport this March, she never thought she would spend the rest of the year wondering when she would see him again.

A nurse raised in Livermore, Torres met her partner, Akis, while on vacation in Greece just over two years ago. The pair struck up a lively conversation on the day of her arrival, and she remembers how they “instantly … Read More

Battle for San Diego mayor focuses on housing, vacation rentals, future of sports arena area

Two candidates battling to become San Diego’s first new mayor since 2014 have starkly different views on solving the city’s housing crisis, homelessness, vacation rentals, transportation challenges and revamping the sports arena neighborhood.

Assemblyman Todd Gloria and Councilwoman Barbara Bry are both Democrats, so they have similar views on many issues, including support for law enforcement reform, the city’s climate action plan and efforts to boost racial equity.

But some

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Our 9 favorite points hotels in the Palm Springs area

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Palm Springs, California, has long been an oasis for Southern Californians — and those from further afield — looking to escape the busyness of daily life with a trip to the desert.

Set in the stunning Sonoran Desert

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Three airlines prep return of Hawaii-Bay Area trips

SAN JOSE — Three airlines — Southwest, Alaska, and Hawaiian — are all planning to resume flights connecting Hawaii with Bay Area cities starting in early November, disclosures that offer a welcome counterpoint to the dreary travel picture ushered in by the coronavirus.

The flights being planned by Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines would restore coronavirus-disrupted trips that had connected the tropical islands with San Jose and Oakland.

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Consumer Choice Award Winners 2020 | Greater Toronto Area – Press Release

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / September 24, 2020 / Consumer Choice Award is excited to announce the 2020 Top Service Providers in the Greater Toronto Area.

Each year across Canada, Consumer Choice Award gathers opinions, perceptions and expectations through the responses of thousands of consumers and businesses.

Today, Consumer Choice Award is the only organization in Canada to utilize statistically supported independent market research to determine brand reputation, customer satisfaction

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Bay Area, California hotels suffer huge revenue drops

Massive losses in revenue have bludgeoned the reeling hotel industry in the Bay Area and California, fresh evidence of the brutal effects of the coronavirus, according to figures released Monday by a top lodging analyst.

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The hotel markets in the San Jose-Santa Cruz and the San Francisco-San Mateo regions have been hammered during

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Short-term rentals, home maintenance, liquor and CBD among those who fared well during pandemic | Myrtle Beach Area News

Words like “interesting” and even “good” come to mind when Pawleys Island-based real estate sales and rentals owner Will Dieter describes 2020.

“We’re a little more wide open spaces,” said Dieter, a lifelong Pawleys Island resident whose company sells and rents vacation properties for Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach. “It’s been an interesting year, to say the least, for all of us.”

Though business owners won’t necessary be waving a

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Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday the city was easing coronavirus restrictions on bars and restaurants, as well as on barbershops, beauty salons and gyms. The changes are Lightfoot’s latest attempt to ease the financial burden on Chicago businesses by lifting frequently criticized restrictions.

a group of people sitting at a table with a bunch of stuffed animals: Mourners add to a memorial on Sept. 9, 2020, during a vigil in memory of Dajore Wilson, 8, near where she was killed at 47th Street and South Union Avenue in the Canaryville neighborhood.

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Mourners add to a memorial on Sept. 9, 2020, during a vigil in memory of Dajore Wilson, 8, near

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Empty Bay Area hotels fill up as people flee Glass Fire in Wine Country

Knowing that Northern California hotels could soon be inundated by evacuees fleeing the fast-moving Glass Fire, Steve Page is doing his best to increase amenities at the 50 Acres Campground by the Sonoma Raceway.

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Page, president and general manager of the raceway, announced Monday that the track’s huge campground would open as refuge to evacuees. He is working to secure National Guard services —

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New Initiative Aims To Attract South Floridians To Top Area Hotels

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has a new initiative as part of its travel and tourism recovery program.

The campaign, called “Play, work and learn remotely in Miami,” aims to attract locals to experience the many amenities that some of Miami’s best hotels have to offer.

“We launched this program with 30 hotels all over the county to take you out of your house and

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Hotels filled up in Richmond area in 2019 with sports tourism events | Business News

The report’s findings underscore the integral role that sports tourism and conventions have played in the Richmond area, said Jack Berry, president and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism.

“2019 was another record year for the region thanks to a busy slate of sports tournaments, conventions and trade shows along with a thriving leisure travel market,” Berry said.

“As we look to the future, we know the health of our region’s

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Southwest Airlines helps BWI dominate DC area as coronavirus shakes up US airports

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Air travel across the U.S. is down dramatically across the country as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep people at or near home.

But the drop is not evenly spread out, and that’s led to some unusual changes

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Hit hard by COVID-19, D.C. area airports experience slow recovery with air travel

All three major local airports have been hit hard by the pandemic, but Baltimore-Washington International is recovering much faster than Reagan National and Dulles.

The leader of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) told its board of directors Wednesday that things were not going as well as expected at Dulles and Reagan.

“We are not seeing the increases that we had hoped would be happening by now,” CEO Jack Potter

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