The 14th edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion opens this Monday until next Friday with shows by 34 designers and brands.
Some designers that will show their new collections for spring-summer 2015 season.
As reported on Sunday by the Ministry of Business and Employment of the Catalan Government in a press release, the fashion show will begin with an opening ceremony by the Minister Felip Puig, who will attend the show by the firm Mango and preside over the inauguration of the Barcelona Designers Collective store in La Roca Village.
The fashion show will feature Custo Barcelona, Aldomartins, Celia Vela, Natalie Capell, Paul Erroz, Punto Blanco, Who, Desigual and Naulover, among others, and will be closed by the menswear firm Scalpers.
The 080 Barcelona Fashion Award for Best Collection, which is endowed with 20,000 euros for the proposal chosen by the jury, made up of five prominent personalities from the world of fashion, will once again be awarded.
There will also be side events such as the presentation of the figures for 2013 textile and fashion trade, roundtable discussions and talks, and the exhibition area will be divided into the central space, where the Village will be located, with the sponsors’ shelves and activities; the Pop-Up Store, with nearly 40 fashion and design stores; and the 080 TV Channel plateau which will broadcast the event live.
The agreement seeks to develop joint measures aimed at policies that will promote more sustainable transport.
The Minister for Public Works, Ana Pastor, signed, on Tuesday in Madrid with the Secretary of Transportation of the United States, Anthony Foxx, a memorandum of cooperation to promote collaboration in transportation.
The agreement, signed within the framework of the trip to Spain by the Secretary of Transportation, covers collaboration in land transport, aviation, transport and use of alternative marine fuels, intermodal transport, transport safety and transportation for people with disabilities.
The collaboration will take place through the exchange of scientific and technical information on subjects of mutual interest; the exchange of specialists, delegations and scientific and technical personnel; joint organization of symposia, seminars and other meetings, and joint research in transportation science and technology, in addition to other forms of cooperation that can be mutually defined.
Likewise, the participation of other government agencies, public companies, researchers and organizations from all sectors of the estates of research, including universities, national laboratories and the private sector may also be enabled.
Source: elvigia.com; 2014-07-04
Vueling and British Airways have signed a codeshare agreement that will enable customers of the British airline have access to 61 routes operated by Vueling.
Air China stated that the load factor on the Beijing - Barcelona service, launched on 05 May-2014, is averaging around 80%. The BARDC congratulates Air China for the successful launch of its service between Beijing and Barcelona. Such a load factor is significant given the short notice between announcement of the new Flight and the release of the tickets on the GDS System. It shows the strength of the demand and we are confident that it will improve in the future.
Catalalonia will receive 16.2 million foreign tourists this year, representing a 4.3% increase over 2013, thanks in part to improved demand from countries in northern Europe.
This is what the Tourism Activity Index prepared by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
According to the report, presented on Thursday at a press conference, predicts a growing number of tourists and overnight stays for all source markets, but especially from some traditional markets - countries in the European Union - while emerging markets – Eastern European, Asian and American countires - will continue to grow but at a less pronounced rate than last year.
Most notable is the growth of British tourists, which the report predicts will reach 9%; Germans, with an increase of 5.1%, and tourists from Scandinavian countries, which is expected to grow by 7%.
The UAB Index includes an annex on the role of this sector in the Catalan economy during the period 2009-2013, indicating that tourism subsectors have had a better overall performance than the Catalan economy as a whole, with net increases in the figures of people listed as paying Social Security, but at the cost of increased seasonal employment.
The index concludes that seasonality should be reduced, which would require an increase in the weight of the domestic market and a change in policies to reduce the seasonality of the foreign market, particularly in areas such as the Costa Daurada.
It recommends bringing forward the timing of the flows because if increased indicators - number of tourists, spending, overnight stays, etc. – continues to take place during the middle weeks or months of the year, "it will not be sustainable", which urges a comprehensive strategy for destinations, products, prices and markets.
The study concludes that it would be appropriate to attract visitors who do not usually come, who do not consume sun and beach tourism, especially in low season, wherefore public and private development policies should be aimed with this end at emerging markets, but without neglecting traditional ones.
The City Council has created a working group with London, Milan, Dublin, Hamburg and Vienna to design a single accounting system and define a management model that is sustainable.
Barcelona has become one of the most solvent cities in Spain – it achieved a surplus of 139 million euros in 2013 – and the City Council wants to extend its business model to the rest of Europe. Xavier Trias’ cabinet has promoted the creation of a working group with London, Milan, Vienna, Dublin and Hamburg to design what should be the best management model of any European city.
Following the meeting of NH shareholders, one of the main novelties that has come to light is that NH hopes to enter China in 2015 through a partnership with its largest shareholder, the Chinese group HNA to start managing hotels. Although it has not yet signed any agreement this seems to be a reality, but has as Federico González Tejera, CEO of NH, indicated, at first few hotels will be operate until they learn to operate successfully in the Chinese market.
On the other hand NH indicated issuing 42 million shares to buy 44.5% of NH Italia from Intesa and the new corporate name of NH Hotel Group whose main goal is to get results and return to paying dividends during the coming years, explains The Economist.
China and HNA increasingly important for NH
Their entry to manage hotels in the Chinese market is due to the importance of the Chinese group HNA in the corporation, as this is acquiring more and more participation in NH Hoteles. Recently HNA agreed with the Italian firm Intesa Sanpaolo the purchase of up to 29,160,000 shares of the Spanish corporation.
As indicated by the National Securities Market Commission, the holding of the Chinese group, which controls a 24.05% stake in the hotel chain, shall not exceed 29.5%. Thereby, it would raise its stake in the hotel chain led by Rodrigo Echenique without having to launch a takeover bid.
China's interest in Spain is increasing. This has been reflected in the latest China Investment report in Europe 2014 prepared by ESADE which was presented in Madrid yesterday.
The quality of its human resources, access to other markets, port infrastructure and openness to foreign investment are the main keys whereby Spain occupies the fourth place, according to Europa Press.
Regarding Chinese companies that have opted for Spain as an investment, the figure is still small. As highlighted in the document, with the collaboration of Global Asia, most of the Chinese companies that are in Spain are focused on the energy sector or ICT, gaining more and more importance in banking, industry, hotel industry and agribusiness.
As ESADE explain in the report, Spain has many pros such as a good business climate and openness towards China and its infrastructure. But there are also several negative factors that hinder these expansionist ambitions of Chinese companies such as the high costs related to land and red tape.
Other problems companies in the Asian giant have identified are good local market knowledge, knowledge of the law, human resources management and negotiating practices.
The footwear firm Castañer has signed partnerships with three international groups to accelerate store openings on other continents. In parallel, it is finalizing the signing of a manager who comes from the world of fashion for the post of CEO, where s/he will direct international expansion.
Norwegian established an aircraft leasing subsidiary in Ireland which will initially concentrate on leasing narrowbody aircraft, according to CEO Bjørn Kjos Mr Kjos said: “We have just established a new leasing company in Ireland. We will use that to rent out 100-150 planes and that will make us one of the world’s biggest plane leasing companies. This is going to change the company a lot. Already this year we’re beginning to lease out some planes, and the leasing is going to be a large part of our business. It’s also where the money in the airline industry lies.” Mr Kjos added: “It has been wonderful times for leasing companies and all indications are that airlines will continue to lease in the future. In the future there may be separate listing of our leasing company, but Norwegian will probably always retain control of the company.” According to the CAPA Fleet Database, Norwegian currently has 256 on order, scheduled for delivery between 2014 and 2023.