Budget Day is all about short-term changes to catch the eye while ignoring longer-term plans to address bigger picture

EACH year on Budget Day I ask a similar question — why do we cram so many economic changes into a single day?

Just a few issues catch sufficient media and public attention to get proper scrutiny, but the rest just goes by in a blur.

Finance minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure minister Michael McGrath


Finance minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure minister Michael McGrathCredit: PA:Press Association

The Government’s insistence on increasing carbon taxes “per ton” is

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Hawaii’s murky reopening, more SFO flights, T-giving travel plans + more travel news

In this week’s TravelSkills on SFGATE newsletter…

With just a few days left before Hawaii-bound travelers can skip quarantine and head straight for the beach, the Aloha State’s plan to reopen tourism is showing as many cracks and fissures as a lava field. The confusion and uncertainty around booking trips will likely prevent an onslaught of visitors right away. Plus Oakland just made a very smart move regarding its free … Read More

Hyatt and Genting Americas Announce Plans for Hyatt Regency JFK at Resorts World New York


Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Genting Americas announced today plans for a new hotel located at Resorts World Casino New York City (RWNYC). Hyatt Regency JFK at Resorts World New York is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2021, and will be an eight-story 400-room four-star hotel with residential-inspired guestrooms and premium suites with energizing design and insightful in-room technology. The hotel will

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Southwest Airlines Announces Plans to Add Service at O’Hare Next Year

Southwest Arlines plans to offer flights out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport next year, the airline announced Monday.

a large passenger jet flying through a cloudy blue sky: A Southwest Airlines jet makes its approach to Love Field Airport, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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A Southwest Airlines jet makes its approach to Love Field Airport, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The company, which has long operated out of Midway Airport, expects to add service to O’Hare Airport beginning in “the first half of 2021.” Details on schedules and fares are

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Trump plans aggressive travel schedule to reset campaign hit by series of setbacks

President Donald Trump is running out of time to recover from a series of self-inflicted setbacks that have rattled his base of support and triggered alarm among Republicans who fear the White House is on the verge of being lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

The one-two punch of Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis and his widely panned debate performance also has Republicans worried they could lose control of the Senate. With just

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Southwest Airlines plans to add service out of O’Hare next year

Southwest Airlines plans to begin flying out of O’Hare International Airport by the middle of next year, the airline announced Monday.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Southwest Airlines flights at Chicago Midway International AirportWednesday, July 15, 2020.

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Southwest Airlines flights at Chicago Midway International AirportWednesday, July 15, 2020.

The Dallas-based airline has served Midway Airport since 1985 but has never operated flights from O’Hare.

Southwest, which has 4,800 Chicago-based employees, said expanding to O’Hare will not change its service at

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Southwest plans for Phoenix, Denver flights out of CLT

Southwest Airlines announced plans to bring two new nonstop routes to Charlotte Douglas International Airport starting in November.

The move came less than a week after American Airlines confirmed it would resume its first nonstop flight to Europe since the coronavirus pandemic brought route cancellations to North Carolina.

Southwest will begin operating daily flights from CLT to Denver beginning Nov. 4, and will begin offering a seasonal flight from Charlotte

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Debate cancelled as Trump plans first in-person events since Covid diagnosis – as it happened | US news

Hicks had tested negative last Wednesday, the morning after Trump’s first debate with Joe Biden, but she started feeling unwell at a rally in Duluth, Minn., that night. She quarantined herself on Air Force One on the return trip, discreetly enough that other staffers did not know she was ill. When the plane landed, she exited from the rear entrance.

The next morning, Hicks reported for work at the White

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Here’s how Singapore plans to resume international travel safely

  • For a small country with no domestic air travel market, Singapore “can’t wait around for a vaccine” to revive the crucial aviation industry, said Ong Ye Kung, the country’s transport minister.
  • The tiny Southeast Asian nation is working to establish travel bubbles with countries that have kept the coronavirus outbreak under control, said Ong.

Singapore ‘can’t wait around for a vaccine’ to revive aviation sector, says transport minister

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US plans to open ‘travel corridor’ between NYC and London, report says

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US officials are hoping to open travel between New York City and London and reduce traveler quarantine periods by the holiday season.  

The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that the increase in fast COVID-19 test availability in the US has encouraged authorities to revisit plans to create safe travel corridors between the US and international destinations.  

People traveling those established routes would be

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56% of Canadians considering vacation plans within next 12 months

56% of Canadians considering vacation plans within next 12 months

Friday, October 9, 2020

TORONTO — More than half of Canadians say they are considering taking a vacation within the next year, according to a new study commissioned by Sunwing.

With a representative online sample of 1,505 Canadians, in both English and French, the survey was conducted Sept. 28-29, 2020 among members of the Angus Reid Forum.

Asked if they

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IKEA Plans to Open 50 New Stores Around the World

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From House Beautiful

It’s no secret that retailers have taken a hit this year. In 2020, Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Bath & Body Works, and Tuesday Morning all announced store closures across the country. Not to mention, Pier 1 Imports announced all its stores would be closing for good. Despite the “retail apocalypse” as its been deemed, there is one

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BTR plans fewer November flights with dip in Thanksgiving travel

With Thanksgiving travel demand forecast to soften this year, the Baton Rouge Metro Airport expects its three airlines to pull back on their typically robust November flight schedules, relative to last year.

While local booking data was not immediately available, new national figures from travel data firm OAG paint a bleak picture for the upcoming holiday. Bookings for November at American Airlines and United Airlines are roughly at one-quarter of

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Esper plans more official travel as calls grow for him to stay put

The Pentagon’s top military leaders are under quarantine. The president’s case of coronavirus is prompting concern that the U.S. is vulnerable to adversaries. And the election is stoking fears of more unrest in America’s cities.

But Defense Secretary Mark Esper is rarely seen in the capital these days.

He’s been to North Africa, the Mediterranean and spots throughout the U.S., spending almost half of the past two months on the

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Japan plans to resume short- and long-term travel with South Korea

South Korea is likely to become the second country after Singapore to establish a business travel bubble with Japan, which applies to both short- and long-term trips. Nikkei reports that the agreement could be finalised as early as this week, where travellers on a short-term business trip would be able to forego a two-week quarantine period.

Long-term business travellers, however, will still be required to observe two weeks in isolation

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Where Can I Travel to in Caribbean? Covid Reopening Plans by Island

Sunset over English Harbour, Antigua.

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Allen Chastanet, St. Lucia’s prime minister, thought he was lucky—his island was deemed a “non-outbreak” zone when the Zika virus swept through the Caribbean in 2016, and it was similarly spared from the hurricanes that pummeled its neighbors in 2017. But then came Covid-19.

“It’s had a devastating effect on our economy and

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Hotels.com Shares Design Plans for a Hotel Prototype in Outer Space and We’re So Here for This

By this point in 2020, I’m sure we’re all ready to just blast off this planet — or at least I am. Not to mention, after recent news broke that potential life has been detected on Venus, I wouldn’t mind poking around up there. I guess the main dilemma is that I wouldn’t really have anywhere to stay.

Hotels.com imagines what a hotel in outer space would look like. Also, here's how you could win a $250 travel gift card.

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Hotels.com imagines what a hotel in outer space would look

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Dispute breaks out over plans for homeless accommodation in Chester

Plans to convert a number of Chester properties into homeless accommodation have received a mixed reaction from residents.

The two properties on Brook Lane, in Chester, were previously used by the University of Chester for student accommodation but have been empty for more than two years.

Cheshire West and Chester Council are proposing a mix of 21 rooms and studios for the homeless at 26, 27 and 28 Brook Lane

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