‘Go To Travel’ discount cuts stir confusion in Japan as booking sites use up budgeted funds



a group of people walking on a city street: Hanamikoji Street in the Gion district of Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, western Japan, is seen bustling with visitors on Oct. 3, 2020, during the first weekend after the government's "Go To Travel" campaign subsidies were made applicable to Tokyo. (Mainichi/Ai Kawahira)


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Hanamikoji Street in the Gion district of Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, western Japan, is seen bustling with visitors on Oct. 3, 2020, during the first weekend after the government’s “Go To Travel” campaign subsidies were made applicable to Tokyo. (Mainichi/Ai Kawahira)

TOKYO — Concerns that the Japanese government’s “Go To Travel” subsidy campaign that aims to spur domestic tourism could cause public confusion arose after major hotel booking

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Mayor Lightfoot considering job cuts to balance budget

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering cutting city jobs in an effort to fill the massive $1.2 billion budget deficit.

The mayor is calling her plan the “pandemic budget” and says this could be the toughest vote city council may have to take.

The Chicago Tribune reports the city is considering a mix of layoffs and furloughs to cut costs by up to $200 million.

Lightfoot has said “all

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With federal aid stalled, no help for California budget cuts

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FILE – In this May 26, 2020, file photo, members of the state Assembly meet to discuss the state budget at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. With more coronavirus aid for states still tied up in Congress, California is looking at implementing billions of dollars of budget cuts later this week.

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When state lawmakers in July cut $150 million from the California court system, they

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Tourism dept cuts down Puja tour packages to 3

  • | Tuesday | 13th October, 2020

Kolkata: Amid the pandemic the state Tourism department has drastically cut down its Puja tour packages this year.
There will be only three packages and visitors will be taken on a day tour of the different well-known community Pujas in the city.
The second package titled Uttara will take puja revelers to a number of puja pandals in North Kolkata likeCollege Square, Md.
Last

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With Federal Aid Stalled, No Help for California Budget Cuts | California News

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When state lawmakers in July cut $150 million from the California court system, they offered this hope to stressed-out administrators: The cuts would vanish if Congress sent the state more money before Oct. 15.

Riverside County Superior Court officials were optimistic. They stopped buying things and halted all travel and training but put off more painful cuts while they waited for

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Tycoon Running 500 Hotels Warns of More Job Cuts, Closures

(Bloomberg) — Minor International Pcl, which runs more than 500 hotels across 55 countries, may cut more jobs and shut recently re-opened properties as the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions continue to keep guests away.

“We have hotels that can’t even pay for staff or electricity because they’re totally empty,” Bill Heinecke, chairman and founder of Bangkok-based Minor, said in an interview. “We’ve taken a lot of job cuts and

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Airlines, Travel Groups Warn Of More Job Cuts As COVID-19 Aid Talks Stall

With about 40,000 workers furloughed in recent days, airlines and their employee unions are pleading with Congress and the White House to pass an extension of federal payroll support for the industry.

The labor and industry groups sent congressional leaders a letter on Wednesday urging them to pass legislation that would provide an additional $25 billion in direct payroll grants to airlines, allowing them to keep paying employees through next

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Airlines, Travel Groups Warn Of More Job Cuts As COVID Aid Talks Stall

With about 40,000 workers furloughed in recent days, airlines and their employee unions are pleading with Congress and the White House to pass an extension of federal payroll support for the industry.

The labor and industry groups sent Congressional leaders a letter on Wednesday urging them to pass legislation that would provide an additional $25 billion in direct payroll grants to airlines, allowing them to keep paying employees through next

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Mandatory evacuation cuts coastal Alabama vacations short

The possibility of two to four feet of coastal flooding is why Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a mandatory evacuation for all visitors and tourists in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island, Ono Island, and Fort Morgan.

What started off as fun getaway for the Jones family in Gulf Shores was cut short by the news of hurricane Delta heading toward the Gulf Coast.

“I was diagnosed with stage 4

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Australia to Run Record Budget Deficit as Government Cuts Tax, Boosts Job Support | Investing News

By Sam Holmes and Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia pledged billions in tax cuts and measures to boost jobs on Tuesday to help pull the economy out of its historic COVID-19 slump in a budget that tips the country into its deepest deficit on record.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government has unleashed A$300 billion in emergency stimulus to prop up growth this year, having seen the coronavirus derail

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Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly lays out rationale for pay cuts to avoid furloughs

Southwest Airlines never laid off or furloughed workers or asked them to take pay cuts in its 50 years of flying. Until a global pandemic forced its hand.

CEO Gary Kelly told employees Monday that he needs them to take a 10% pay cut to avoid furloughs in 2021, reflecting the prolonged negative outlook for the travel and aviation industry, which is staggering to recover from COVID-19. He said in

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Southwest Isn’t Like Other Airlines. It Wants Employees to Take Pay Cuts.


Southwest Airlines

is asking employees to accept wage cuts after the government paycheck protection program grants ran out.

Southwest’s approach is a little different than peers. United Airlines and

American Airlines

have announced plans to furlough 16,000 and 19,000 employees, respectively.

Southwest’s announcement shouldn’t

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Southwest Airlines Wants Employees To Take Pay Cuts To Avoid Layoffs

KEY POINTS

  • Salaries, wages and benefits are Southwest’s largest cost
  • Southwest wants to keep layoffs as the “last resort”
  • Board of directors will take a pay cut until end of 2021

Southwest Airlines (LUV) CEO Gary Kelly said the airline will be able to avoid furloughs and job losses at least through 2021 if union workers agreed to pay cuts, after the government’s payroll protection plan for the airline industry

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Southwest Airlines Targets Pay Cuts in Bid to Avert Layoffs

(Bloomberg) — Southwest Airlines Co. will seek to cut employee compensation in a last-ditch effort to avoid the first involuntary layoffs in the company’s 49-year history.



a person sitting on a tarmac at an airport: A person watches as a Southwest Airlines Co. plane arrives at a gate at the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Programs adopted or being considered by a number of airports allow people beyond security checkpoints so they can meet arriving relatives or just hang out as airports expand options to fill passenger dwell time.


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A person watches as a Southwest Airlines Co. plane arrives at a gate at the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Programs adopted or being considered by a number of airports allow people beyond

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Southwest Airlines wants workers to take 10% pay cuts or face furloughs in 2021

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said all employees will need to take 10% pay cuts in 2021 to avoid furloughs amid a financial crisis that is expected to drag into next year.



a person standing in front of a laptop: A Southwest Airlines agent works at a checkin counter at Love Field on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Dallas.


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A Southwest Airlines agent works at a checkin counter at Love Field on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Dallas.

Kelly, whose Dallas-based airline hasn’t furloughed any employees during

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Removal of dog poop trash cans from parkways an indication of future city budget cuts

DENVER, Colo. — Throughout the City of Denver’s parkways like the one on 6th Avenue, you’ll typically see people running or walking their dog.

“People use it on a regular basis. My kids run on it all the time. It’s enjoyed by everybody around here,” Nicholas Ghiselli, who lives in the area, said.

But now, Denver Parks and Recreation will be scaling back their maintenance on all parkways and they’ve

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Flight attendants share emotional goodbyes on final flights following job cuts

How do you say goodbye to a job you love?

That’s exactly what nearly 32,000 airline workers have had to do as of Thursday following industry job cuts. The layoffs are a result of failed attempts to get more federal money to help the nation’s struggling airlines, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said.

Breaunna Ross thought she could hold it together during her last shift as an American Airlines flight

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Treasurer pledges tax cuts for Australians ‘right now’

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has confirmed the budget will deliver income tax cuts “right now” in a move that all but confirms tax relief will be backdated in the budget.

News.com.au exclusively revealed on Friday that senior government sources had confirmed the budget backdates the tax relief to ensure workers can secure tax relief this financial year.

“We believe people should keep more of what they earn. We also believe more

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Cathay Pacific mulls smaller aircraft, business class cuts as Covid-19 crisis remoulds travel



a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Cathay Pacific is undergoing a restructuring process to help see it through the aftermath of the pandemic. Photo: Roy Issa


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Cathay Pacific is undergoing a restructuring process to help see it through the aftermath of the pandemic. Photo: Roy Issa

Cathay Pacific Airways is weighing up if it needs smaller aircraft with fewer business class seats, as Covid-19 reshapes travel habits and the airline industry.

No immediate changes are on the horizon, according to CEO Augustus Tang Kin-wing, but discussions are ongoing over the company’s restructuring plan, which

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Dahlkemper cuts costs, taps fund balance to keep taxes flat in 2021

Matthew Rink
 
| Erie Times-News

The COVID-19 pandemic and decreased revenues helped blow open a nearly $8 million hole in Erie County’s coffers, which County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper proposes to offset by cutting costs by more than $4 million and tapping the fund balance for $3.7 million in her 2021 budget.

For property owners, it means their property tax rate would stay flat for the second straight year. Dahlkemper, however,

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