Comdifil the textile business group continues its internationalization process. The company owner of Shana is soon to open a subsidiary in the United States. The latest launch of Comdifil group is called Double Agent which a look aimed at young audiences, will open its doors in the city of Los Angeles.
With this opening in the United States, the chain will strengthen is Californian style brand. The fashion firm will introduce the production of its image campaigns to American city.
In addition to its shop in Los Angeles, Double Agent scheduled to open in Rome, Paris and London throughout the year with the idea of gaining positioning and so be able to carry out franchises in these cities.
Last year the new chain closed the year with a turnover amounting to 130 million euros, an increase of 30%. For 2014, the prevision is for of the company to reach 200 million euros.
The first chain in this group, Shana, already has 300 shops including department stores, franchises and single-brand outlets. Earlier this year, they made a deal with the Chinese group Yueda to enter the Asian market.
The Comdifil Group is the holding company for the chains Shana and Double Agent, and Condipunt, the company that manages the supply found in countries like Portugal, Morocco, Bangladesh and China.
Four major Spanish ports (Bay of Gibraltar, Valencia, Barcelona and Las Palmas) appear in the Top 120 in the world and confirm the strategic position played by Spain in the context of global shipping. Of the 11,401,834 containers moved by these four ports, close to 7 million, 61%, were in transit, which means that the Spanish port-logistics supply continues to be important in the major shipping routes.
The 11.4 million containers moved by the Bay of Gibraltar, Valencia, Barcelona and Las Palmas represent 82% of the total moved by all Spanish ports (13.9 million), and 2.1% of the 529.4 million TEUs moved in 120 major ports worldwide. Only three of the 52 countries listed in the ranking, China and the USA with 15 ports each, and Japan with 6 ports, have managed to rank more enclaves than Spain, which with its four ports ranks fourth by number of ports. According to the number of containers moved, the sum of the Spanish ports puts us in 11th place in the world and third in Europe behind Germany and the Netherlands. Spain is the EU country with most ports, ahead of Germany, Italy and the UK which have 3.
Zitro, the Barcelona firm that manufactures, develops and controls electronic bingo machines, is already present in 17 countries. According to the data, the company employs over 1,000 people and achieves an annual turnover of 76 million euros. So far it has produced around 20,000 machines which are already installed in casinos and arcades in Latin America, Europe and also the Philippines. It now has a clear commitment: to enter the U.S market and double its turnover.
Since its inception in 2007, Zitro has invested 11 million euros. Ortiz is confident that Spain is a potential market, “we can say that Spain leads the field of animation and specifically, this sector, vide bingo”.
With cutting-edge technology, Zitro works with the latest 3D animation tools and has recently incorporated a new recording studio to comprehensively produce, the music and voices of each of the games that are produced, also adapting them to the countries where those games will be present making each and every one of their games a short animated film 100% their own production.
AC Hotels by Marriott is the brand created by the collaboration of the Spanish hotel group AC Hotels, chaired by Antonio Catalán, and the U.S group Marriott International, Inc. It has recently signed contracts for 22 new openings in the United States as well as seven others in Paris, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico and Panama.
Statics show that the Hispanic population is the fastest growing in the U.S market and so says Bobby Finvard, Miami real estate entrepreneur who is handling the development of the hotel in this city, “the fastest growing population in the United States is Hispanic, and a lot of products are being launched to serve this community.”
The company is present almost all over the world, its president Antonio Catalán explains that there are “more than 3.600 hotels in over 72 countries because it is practically inconceivable to have a city without an AC an because we want to continue offering, for a long time, the highest quality and the same level of innovative, unique details in each of our hotels. Quality, innovation and design. Avant-garde, technology and freedom”
This ship usually carries out itineraries around the Caribbean with a crew of 2,394 members and more than 6,000 passengers.
The citizens of Barcelona, Malaga and Vigo are in luck, since, during the month of September, Royal Caribbean International plans to dock in these ports with the Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, along with the Allure of the Seas, which from May 2015 will be based in Barcelona for its Mediterranean routes.
As regards its technical features, it weighs more than 225,282 tonnes; is 361.8 metres in length; it took STX Europe a little less than a year to build it in Finland; and is usually moored in the port of Nassau, from where it explores the Caribbean at a speed of 22.6 knots.
Asia’s largest airline, China Southern Airlines, is entering the home stretch of an ambitious strategy to boost its international network and shift reliance away from its domestic market. The largest of China’s major carriers, China Southern sees its 2014 launch to Frankfurt and New York as capping off a network that has grown rapidly in Australia, as well as adding London.
International RPKs comprised 20% of China Southern’s network in 2013 for the first time, up from 14% in 2010. International revenue has lagged, comprising 17% of 2013’s passenger revenue, up from 13% in 2010. This is not entirely a success story. Its A380s do not have enough markets to reach. Sustainability lags, and China Southern’s growth has often created over-capacity.
This is recognized by Chairman Si Xianmin, who has pledged to bed down markets and add more partnerships, including outside of its SkyTeam alliance, following a deal with Qantas. But China Southern’s eyes are still very much on long term success and not immediate results. As Mr Si said, “If you want to look into the future, look to the long-term.”
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) has added to its fleet a state-of-the-art 100% electric bus to put it to the test in passenger transport for two years. The new model, called BYD K9 is the first all-electric bus in the TMB fleet.
The BYD K9, made in the Basque town of Irizar, is twelve meters long and can take up to 76 passengers. It is driven by a 230kW engine powered by sodium and nickel batteries with a range of between 200 and 250 kilometres. These batteries are charged overnight and can collect energy from the vehicle’s braking. Currently TMB already has the cleanest bus fleet in Europe, thanks to the company’s strong commitment to hybrid and compressed natural gas vehicles, and to the incorporation of anti-pollution filters in diesel vehicles.
The new bus has been circulating in tests without passengers and with a simulated load since last September, following the itineraries of several lines.
The cumulative traffic exceeded 7.6 million tonnes through July.
The Port of Barcelona in July recorded the best month in its history in liquid bulk traffic with 1.4 millon tonnes transported (+32%). Liquid bulk was also the cargo segment that grew most in the first seven months of 2014 to 7.6 million tonnes transported, representing an increase of 20% over the same period last year.
The products that haven driven this increase are diesel (1.902.056 tonnes, + 78%), biofuels, (1.018.571 tonnes +131%) and chemicals (801,795 tonnes +77%). While the growth in liquid bulk occurred in all operations, it is worth noting shipping traffic. Thus, during the first 7 months of the year, the Catalan enclave conveyed a total of 2.997.989 tonnes of liquid bulk traffic, 62% more than in the previous period.
Likewise, the construction of berth 34B, which since July 2011 has been the deepest berth for liquid bulk in the Western Mediterranean, prepared to receive the largest vessels (tankers) on the market, has contributed substantially to this growth. With these facilities, the Port of Barcelona is strengthening its role as a hub for the distribution of petroleum products in the Mediterranean and North Africa.
Spending by international tourists reached 34.497 million euros through July, representing an increase of 7% over the same period in 2013, according to figures provided on Wednesday by the Egatur tourism expenditure survey developed by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.
In the first seven months of the year, average daily expenditure increased by 0.4% to 109 euros, and the average expenditure per tourist remained stable at 950 euros.
In July, international tourists spent 8,151 million euros, which is 4.5% up on the same month last year.
Through July, the bulk of spending was carried out by British tourists, with 6,812 million euros, which accounted for 19.7% of the total, a 7.1%. rise in spending. They were followed closely by German tourists, with 5,461 million, up 6%; those from Nordic countries, with € 3,646 million, up 6.8%; and the French, with 3,269 million and a rise of 6.5%.
Catalonia is the Community that led total expenditure with 8,151 million euros, representing 23.6% of the total and an improvement of 5.3% over the same period in 2013, followed by the Canaries, with 7,056 million euros , up 13.1%, with 20.5% of total expenditure.
Out of the rest of markets the growth in total spending by Asian tourists, Americans, Irish and Swiss is noteworthy.
From the pines of Collserola to the saltwater of the Mediterranean Sea. Passing through Las Ramblas and La Boqueria packed full of fresh flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables, and the chocolate of El Born. Barcelona has different aromas depending on its neighbourhoods and also depending on the time of day.
Sara Carner, founder and creative director of Carner Barcelona, created the perfume Eau de Parfum D600 to capture the olfactory essence of Barcelona in a jar. The expert describes what the different smells that characterize the Catalan capital are and they they served to create a perfume for the locals themselves and that it can also serve as a souvenir for those who come to visit.