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.
Victorio & Lucchino are celebrating their 30 anniversary in bridalwear. Unparalleled in their ability to blend the tradition and craftsmanship of Southern Spain with contemporary design, the designer duo are launching a new fragrance to mark the occasion, courtesy of Puig, which has held the licence for its fragrances since the launch of Carmen in 1992. Today, their collections represent the spirit of Andalusia, with its typical lace, fringes and frills, which they have been using since 1984 on brides with a strong identity who combine delicacy with femininity.
‘Amor Amor’ – the ceremonial collection for 2015nwhich Victorio & Lucchino showcased on the Gaudí Novias catwalk at Barcelona Bridal Week – inspires their new fragrance ‘Idilio de Magnolia’, the latest member of the fresh ‘Capricho Floral’ family.
Fresh citrus top notes blend with the aqueous transparency of green leaves. Pomegranate adds fruitiness and a touch of color to the floral bouquet, while silky musk and soft toffee make up the bottom notes. The lace and green shades on the packaging evoke the captivating charm of Andalusia.
Source: fashionfromspain.com; 2014-08-30
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The luxury Spanish company has opened its first Casa Loewe with the collaboration of the third generation of Hamada master potters.
Loewe has chosen the city of Tokyo to present its new Casa Loewe concept store. Located in a prominent corner of architect Kengo Kuma´s “One Omotesando” building, the 3-floor space is inspired by the work of Javier Carvajal, a visionary architect who helped to shape the identity of Loewe in the 21st century.
For the grand opening, Loewe invited renowned potter Tomoo Hamada to créate two exclusive pieces inspired in the formal vocabulary of the brand. The works: Tie and Cube are the centrepieces of a collection of eleven pieces created by the hands of 3 generations of master craftsmen: Tomoo, his father Shinsaku and grandfather Shoji Hamada (1894-1978), who is considered one of the most influential figures in the Japanese art of ceramics.
The emerald green canopy that Carvajal designed for the flagship store in calle Serrano, Madrid, in 1959 has been reinterpreted. Now, a horizontal block of agate overlooks the street at one end and, at the other end, a continuous luminous ceiling stretches out inside the store. Three mid-20th century Murano-glass chandeliers have been strategically hung from the second-floor ceiling.
Inside, modern details such as the floating stone staircase and double-height linen curtains serve as a counterpoint to the Japanese limestone walls. The furniture includes solid wood counters with raffia touches, antiques from the Arts and Crafts movement, pieces created for Liberty department stores and armchairs designed by artist William Morris.
Mascaró group’s Ballerinas business takes a bold venture with a leather and suede glove collection.
The past winter, Pretty Ballerinas took advantage of its experience in leather treatment to launch its ‘Special Perfect Jackets Collection’. This year it will take another step forward in the shaping of the Pretty Ballerinas ´total look´, focusing on a key piece in any winter style: gloves.
After its successful partnership with Isabela Capeto, the Spanish accessories brand gets ready for lift-off in Brazil and plans a second Brand exclusively for this Latin American market.
Marc Jacobs, Eastpak, Ikea, Berlinale, Primavera Sound, Nintendo are just a few of the international brands that have turned to Peseta’s naïve style tinged with nostalgic irony. The Spanish brand’s partnership on a mini bag collection with designer Isabela Capeto in spring has paved the way for Peseta’s Brazilian adventure.
After the collection’s success with Brazilian women, the brand is making its debut in Rio de Janeiro, possibly to be followed, in a second phase, by São Paulo. For the time being, Peseta is looking for workshops that share its sustainable, ‘green’ approach to production. It is aiming at a similar distribution strategy to the one adopted in Europe, making its products available in multi-brand boutiques, design shops and museums. Peseta is also considering a second brand exclusively for the Brazilian market. “We will try to match the fun, colourful, bold Brazilian tastes to which we’re so attracted”, explains Peseta co-founder Jaime Sevilla.
Created in Madrid in 2003 by Laura Martínez del Pozo, Peseta first sold limited series of wallets and bags. Now its portfolio also includes apparel, footwear and household decor items like lamps.
The Minister of Economy and Competitiveness, Luis de Guindos, said yesterday during the acts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the consultancy AT Kearney in Spain that "the recovery of the Spanish economy is ongoing," after correcting the imbalances accumulated during economic expansion. Economic growth is accelerating towards annual rates "close to 1.5%", he explained. In his view, this improvement is because Spain is today a competitive economy and the fact that doubts about the future of the euro have been completely dispelled, a process which implementation of the Banking Union has been instrumental.
De Guindos stressed that there has been an accumulation of four quarters of growth and this will be the first year that the GDP will record a positive annual rate since the crisis began. According to early indicators and the estimates of the Ministry of Economy, the growth rate in the second quarter will be higher than in the first. He noted that this improvement is due to a recovery in domestic demand, both household consumption and investment in equipment, and to the increased availability of new credit. As for the labour market, he stressed that the economy is already generating net employment and, thanks to the structural reforms, Spain is achieving this with lower growth rates than in the past.
Despite these improvements, he said that "there are significant challenges ahead." He noted that "it is important to continue with fiscal consolidation". He also stressed that the Government is continuing to work on reforms such as tax reform, which aims to "establish incentives for medium and long term growth of the economy"; incentives related to savings, work and investment. He concluded that "Spain is a great country, with the ability to innovate and compete overseas, therefore it has a promising future."