The Spanish sustainable and fair footwear opens its third store in Mexico City with its brand new interior design.
Pikolinos launched a 'concept store' in Alicante this winter. Having also implanted one
in Madrid, the new interior design is becoming internationalized and coming to Mexico.
Pikolinos, present in the prestigious department stores Palacio de Hierro and Liverpool, has reached three stores in Mexico DF with a newly opened store along with spaces it already had in the malls Perisur and Plaza Satellite. The new flagship store of Pikolinos in the Mexican market is located in the Santa Fe mall. The concept is inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle and reflects the values of craftsmanship and confort governing the brand.
Founded in Elche in 1984, Pikolinos, which has more than 8,000 outlets in over 60 markets for male and female 'Naturally Good' footwear, makes over 80% of its sales internationally. Also committed to sustainable development, it has consolidated its worldwide Maasai Project together with 'it girl' Olivia Palermo and the warrior William Kikanae. Today there are more than 1,000 women in Kenya and Tanzania who work on decorating by hand these collections of ethnic footwear with designs and motifs characteristic of Maasai craft.
Aena Airports installed an interactive measurement system at Adolfo Suárez in Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat that will reveal the passengers’ quality perception regarding the services offered at the airport facilities.
The system, installed on a trial basis after the security checks of both airports, will measure both the degree of passenger satisfaction for a particular service as well as detecting those faults that can be derived from it.
For this purpose, the device has four simple coloured buttons ranging from green to red, illustrated with the corresponding emoticons, which the passenger can press to record and express their satisfaction with the service.
This new form of opinion, which allows users to express their evaluation of a particular service, is much more attractive and less intrusive for passengers than traditional surveys as they are presented as a game and to be done on a voluntary basis, which also favours obtaining high levels of participation.
The results of these interactive surveys, conducted in collaboration with the Finnish company 'HappyOrNot' which developed the system, will in turn enable the quality of services offered to passengers and users to be improved, and any deviations from quality that are detected and are derived thereof to be corrected.
Moreover, once an optimal level of use of devices by users of airport facilities is established, they may be installed in other airports in the network and used to measure other services provided by Aena to passengers.
This type of interactive surveys measuring service quality is being incorporated at present in other international airports such as London Heathrow and Geneva, to see first-hand the perception passengers and users of certain services in order to improve the quality thereof.
Vueling was born just ten years ago in Barcelona. The airline belonging to the IAG group at that time had only four routes and two planes. The picture is very different today. The company is celebrating its anniversary with 285 routes and 90 aircraft all over Europe. "These data show that we have been able to grow steadily", said commercial director, Julio Rodriguez. This summer, the airline plans to increase its passenger volume by 30%.
Rodriguez was visiting El Prat airport on Wednesday, where the company organized an event to celebrate its maiden flight, Barcelona-Ibiza. Since that first route, Vueling has become a basic tool for the growth of the Catalan airport. Without ceasing to be committed to El Prat – this year seven new aircraft have been based there – the firm is looking towards new horizons.
The next challenge is Rome. The airline has replicated its model and has burst onto the Italian market. It has increased the routes flown from the main airport in the capital from 8 to 34. "The situation we have in Rome this summer is similar to the one we had in El Prat in 2009," said Rodíguez.
The expansion plans of Vueling come with steps to retain passengers. On the tenth anniversary, it has created a premium card that offers advantages such as guaranteeing a seat on any of the company’s flights or for purchases to earn double points. The only requirement to enter this select group is to fly 40 times a year with the airline chaired by Alex Cruz.
Barcelona will almost certainly regain next year's Bread & Butter fair, the European benchmark urban fashion fair. In the coming days the event organizers’ to return to the Catalan capital in January 2015 could be announced. As the newspaper La Vanguardia has learned, the chances are that Barcelona and Berlin, as had happened years ago, will share the organization. While the German capital would take charge of the summer edition (which is usually held in early July, this year from the 8th to 10th of this month), Barcelona would host the winter event, in which the tendencies for the next summer are presented.
In this return to the formula that was applied between 2005 and 2007, it is not only due to the very good international positioning of Fira Barcelona and the growth that Bread & Butter experienced in its years in Barcelona, but also the climate factor. Exhibitors miss the good weather of this city. It is nothing like the intense cold of Berlin. Evidence that the agreement that will bring Bread & Butter back to Barcelona is imminent – a date for next week is being sought – is that many hotels in the city have already started receiving bookings for next January. Sources consulted by this newspaper are talking about 15,000 beds already blocked. In the last edition held in Barcelona in 2008, Bread & Butter left about 100 million euros in the city, brought together more than 900 exhibitors, and around 90,000 people passed through the Fira facilities.
Bread & Butter was born in Germany at the beginning of this century. In 2001 the first edition was held in Cologne and it was not until 2004 that it moved to Berlin. The following year, the German capital began sharing the organization with Barcelona, in order to address a wider market. While Berlin attracted northern and central European brands, Barcelona did the same with southern Europe.
The success of Barcelona led this city to be the single host – of the two annual editions – in 2008. But the romance between this city and the Bread & Butter stopped suddenly. The attraction of the Germans to regain their invention was to offer of the old airport of Tempelhof to host the event. To make up for this loss – in January 2009, the organizers announced that Berlin would again be the exclusive host – Barcelona invented a fair that set out to compete with the original one: The Brandery. This initiative never really took off and the show scheduled for September 2013 did not take place. In recent times, however, Barcelona has captured other fairs related to the world of fashion and textiles, such as Denim By Premiere of jeanswear. The return of Bread & Butter is the icing on the cake. And for Barcelona, excellent news.
Source: lavanguardia.com; 2014-07-09
Posted by flytobarcelona.org
Barcelona Air Route Development Committee
promotes Barcelona Airport intercontinental flights
Barcelona-El Prat Airport has closed the first half of the year with a total of 17,233,632 passengers, a figure that represents an increase of 6.8% over last year. In fact, during the month of June, a year on year increase of 6.3% was recorded, with 3,716,489 users.
EU passengers reveal the largest growth in the first six months of the year, with an increase of 10.6%, followed by users of international flights from non-EU countries, up 7.7%, highlighting the 13%increase in intercontinental passengers. Meanwhile, for national passengers, despite negative figures with a decrease of 0.3%, the drop recorded in recent years is slowing down (+0.9% in June).
In the section on operations, Barcelona airport remains in positive figures and closes the first half of the year with an increase of 2.3%, in total 135,104 take-offs and landings. In June, the increase stood at 4.3% with 27,360 movements.
Finally, this year 50,356,786 kg of air cargo has been transported, representing an increase of 3.3% over 2013. In June 8,534,520 kg of cargo was carried, 7.3% up. Furthermore, it is worth noting that the company Air China, which began its operations at the airport in early May of this year, stood in 15th position among the companies that carried most air cargo at Barcelona-El Prat airport during the month of June.
Tourists visiting Barcelona spend 34% of their total holiday expenditure on shopping. This
places Barcelona as a city where the highest percentage of holidaymakers’ budget is allocated to this, ahead of London and Paris, according to an ESADE report presented on Monday.
In absolute terms, however, spending on 'shopping' by tourists visiting Barcelona is still lower than in the French and English capitals, because these two cities still have many more tourists than the Catalan capital.
The study, prepared in collaboration with Value Retail, the company that owns the outlet shopping centre 'La Roca Village’, concludes that the main difference between shopping tourism in Catalonia and the rest of Europe is the weight that Russian tourists have here. While accounting for 40% of foreign visitors to ‘La Roca Village’, at ‘Las Rozas Village’, the
outlet Shopping Centre that Value Retail has in Madrid, they only make up 10%.
The crisis in the Ukraine and the subsequent devaluation of the rouble have begun to take their toll on traders and, according to Value Retail Business Manager in Spain, Elena Foguet, at the beginning of the year "a slowdown in arrivals" of Russian tourists and spending was noted, although she declined to give an overall balance, without seeing the evolution of sales in July and August, which are the two strongest sales months.
Secondly, Chinese represent 21% of visitors to ‘La Roca’, although these visitors spend more money, to the extent that they represent 40% of tax-free sales at the mall.
Source: ara.cat; 2014-07-15
Posted by flytobarcelona.org
Barcelona Air Route Development Committee
promotes Barcelona Airport intercontinental flights
The Cyprus airline, Cyprus Airways, has announced that it will again fly from Larnaca to Barcelona after several years of absence. this will be done once a week, on Monday afternoon from next Monday 7 July until late August. This flight will be operated by an Airbus A320 and will take approximately 4 ½ hours.
The cooperative La Aurora de Montilla, located in Córdoba, after the agreement signed with China three months ago to market olive oil in the Asian country, has managed to establish itself in the Asian market with the sale of olive oil and expects to reach a million units sold by 2016, according to the Diario de Córdoba.
La Aurora sells its olive oil exclusively in several supermarkets in China through an agreement it has had since October of last year with a company with Chinese and Spanish capital called Export.
The two companies have agreed to export 600,000 bottles of oil of approximately 750 millilitres each. According to the president of the cooperative, Juan Rafael Porter, Asia represents one of the best opportunities for the future for consumption of olive oil worldwide and expects that within two years, sales of bottles of oil will be double. In addition, Porter says that in two years their market will be consolidated in China with a turnover that could amount to 3 million euro.
The Andalusian cooperative also exports oil to India and Indonesia, is opening new markets in Europe, and consolidating domestic customers.
The Spanish economics magazine, ‘Actualidad Económica’, honours the Economic and Financial Department.
The Port of Barcelona has been voted one of the hundred top Spanish companies with the best economic and financial management by ‘Actualidad Económica’. In particular, the publication on economic data has awarded, again, the deputy director general of Economy and Finance of the Port, Joaquín Asensio, as one of the top 100 financial managers in Spain.
The awards ceremony of the sixth edition of the Awards for the Top 100 CFOs will take place on July 15 in Madrid, and will be chaired by the Executive Director of BBVA, José Manuel González-Páramo.
‘Actualidad Económica’ highlights the figure of the CFO as "the one that has become most strategic during the crisis." According to the magazine "the CFO has evolved from being a mere controller in some companies to a person who plays a relevant role in the major decisions made in companies".
The ranking of the top 100 financial directors is made from the result of a survey prepared by the professional services firm KPMG among CFOs of Spanish companies in any sector of activity. Among the winning companies we find Coca-Cola, El Corte Ingles, eDreams, Banco Sabadell, etc…