The Barceló Group is a leading Spanish travel and hotel company whose airline Evelop is an eager deportation profiteer. Evelop is currently the Spanish government’s main charter deportation partner, running all the country’s mass expulsion flights through a two-year contract, while carrying out deportations from several other European countries as well.
This profile has been written in response to requests from anti-deportation campaigners. We look at how:
- The Barceló Group’s airline Evelop has a €9.9m, 18-month deportation contract with the Spanish government. The contract is up for renewal and Barceló is bidding again.
- Primary beneficiaries of the contract alternate every few years between Evelop and Globalia’s Air Europa.
– Evelop also carried out deportations from the UK last year to Jamaica, Ghana and Nigeria.
– The Barceló Group is run and owned by the Barceló family. It is currently co-chaired by the Barceló cousins, Simón Barceló Tous and Simón Pedro Barceló Vadell. Former senator Simón Pedro Barceló Vadell, of the conservative Partido Popular (PP) party, takes the more public-facing role.
– The company is Spain’s second biggest hotel company, although the coronavirus pandemic appears to have significantly impacted this aspect of its work.
What’s the business?
The Barceló Group (‘#Barceló_Corporación_Empresarial, S.A.’) is made up of the #Barceló_Hotel_Group, Spain’s second largest hotel company, and a travel agency and tour operator division known as #Ávoris. Ávoris runs two airlines: the Portuguese brand #Orbest, which anti-deportation campaigners report have also carried out charter deportations, and the Spanish company, #Evelop, founded in 2013.
The Barceló Group is based in Palma, #Mallorca. It was founded by the Mallorca-based Barceló family in 1931 as #Autocares_Barceló, which specialised in the transportation of people and goods, and has been managed by the family for three generations. The Barceló Group has a stock of over 250 hotels in 22 countries and claims to employ over 33,000 people globally, though we don’t know if this figure has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused massive job losses in the tourism industry.
The Hotel division has four brands: #Royal_Hideaway_Luxury_Hotels & Resorts; #Barceló_Hotels & Resorts; #Occidental_Hotels & Resorts; and #Allegro_Hotels. The company owns, manages and rents hotels worldwide, mostly in Spain, Mexico and the US. It works in the United States through its subsidiary, Crestline Hotels & Resorts, which manages third-party hotels, including for big brands like Marriott and Hilton.
Ávoris, the travel division, runs twelve tour brands, all platforms promoting package holidays.
Their airlines are small, primarily focused on taking people to sun and sand-filled holidays. In total the Barceló Group airlines have a fleet of just nine aircraft, with one on order, according to the Planespotters website. However, three of these have been acquired in the past two years and a fourth is due to be delivered. Half are leased from Irish airplane lessor Avolon. Evelop serves only a few routes, mainly between the Caribbean and the Iberian peninsula, as well as the UK.
Major changes are afoot as Ávoris is due to merge with #Halcón_Viajes_and_Travelplan, both subsidiaries of fellow Mallorcan travel giant #Globalia. The combined entity will become the largest group of travel agencies in Spain, employing around 6,000 people. The Barceló Group is due to have the majority stake in the new business.
Barceló has also recently announced the merger of Evelop with its other airline Orbest, leading to a new airline called Iberojet (the name of a travel agency already operated by Ávoris).
The new airline is starting to sell scheduled flights in addition to charter operations. Evelop had already announced a reduction in its charter service, at a time when its scheduled airline competitors, such as #Air_Europa, have had to be bailed out to avoid pandemic-induced bankruptcy. Its first scheduled flights will be mainly to destinations in Central and South America, notably Cuba and the Domican Republic, though they are also offering flights to Tunisia, the Maldives and Mauritius.
Evelop currently holds the contract to carry out the Spanish government’s mass deportation flights, through an agreement made with the Spanish Interior Ministry in December 2019. Another company, Air Nostrum, which operates the Iberia Regional franchise, transports detainees within Spain, notably to Madrid, from where they are deported by Evelop. The total value of the contract for the two airlines is €9.9m, and lasts 18 months.
This is the latest in a long series of such contracts. Over the years, the beneficiaries have alternated between the Evelop- #Air_Nostrum partnership, and another partnership comprising Globalia’s #Air_Europa, and #Swiftair (with the former taking the equivalent role to that of Evelop). So far, the Evelop partnership has been awarded the job twice, while its Air Europa rival has won the bidding three times.
However, the current deal will end in spring 2021, and a new tender for a contract of the same value has been launched. The two bidders are: Evelop-Air Nostrum; and Air Europa in partnership with #Aeronova, another Globalia subsidiary. A third operator, #Canary_Fly, has been excluded from the bidding for failing to produce all the required documentation. So yet again, the contract will be awarded to companies either owned by the Barceló Group or Globalia.
On 10 November 2020, Evelop carried out the first charter deportations from Spain since the restrictions on travel brought about by the cCOVID-19 pandemic. On board were 22 migrants, mostly Senegalese, who had travelled by boat to the Canary Islands. Evelop and the Spanish government dumped them in Mauritania, under an agreement with the country to accept any migrants arriving on the shores of the Islands. According to El País newspaper, the number of actual Mauritanians deported to that country is a significant minority of all deportees. Anti-deportation campaigners state that since the easing up of travel restrictions, Evelop has also deported people to Georgia, Albania, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
Evelop is not only eager to cash in on deportations in Spain. Here in the UK, Evelop carried out at least two charter deportations last year: one to Ghana and Nigeria from Stansted on 30 January 2020; and one to Jamaica from Doncaster airport on 11 February in the same year. These deportations took place during a period of mobile network outages across Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres, which interfered with detainees’ ability to access legal advice to challenge their expulsion, or speak to loved ones.
According to campaigners, the company reportedly operates most of Austria and Germany’s deportations to Nigeria and Ghana, including a recent joint flight on 19 January. It also has operated deportations from Germany to Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Evelop is not the only company profiting from Spain’s deportation machine. The Spanish government also regularly deports people on commercial flights operated by airlines such as Air Maroc, Air Senegal, and Iberia, as well as mass deportations by ferry to Morocco and Algeria through the companies #Transmediterránea, #Baleària and #Algérie_Ferries. #Ferry deportations are currently on hold due to the pandemic, but Air Maroc reportedly still carry out regular deportations on commercial flights to Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara.
Where’s the money?
The financial outlook for the Barceló Group as a whole at the end of 2019 seemed strong, having made a net profit of €135 million.
Before the pandemic, the company president said that he had planned to prioritise its hotels division over its tour operator segment, which includes its airlines. Fast forward a couple of years and its hotels are struggling to attract custom, while one of its airlines has secured a multimillion-euro deportation contract.
Unsurprisingly, the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the Barceló Group’s operations. The company had to close nearly all of its hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa during the first wave of the pandemic, with revenue down 99%. In the Caribbean, the hotel group saw a 95% drop in revenue in May, April and June. They fared slightly better in the US, which saw far fewer COVID-19 restrictions, yet revenue there still declined 89%. By early October, between 20-60% of their hotels in Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean had reopened across the regions, but with occupancy at only 20-60%.
The company has been negotiating payments with hotels and aircraft lessors in light of reduced demand. It claims that it has not however had to cut jobs, since the Spanish government’s COVID-19 temporary redundancy plans enable some workers to be furloughed and prevent employers from firing them in that time.
Despite these difficulties, the company may be saved, like other tourism multinationals, by a big bailout from the state. Barceló’s Ávoris division is set to share a €320 million bailout from the Spanish government as part of the merger with Globalia’s subsidiaries. Is not known if the Barceló Group’s hotel lines will benefit from state funds.
The eight members of the executive board are unsurprisingly, male, pale and frail; as are all ten members of the Ávoris management team.
The company is co-chaired by cousins with confusingly similar names: #Simón_Barceló_Tous and #Simón_Pedro_Barceló_Vadell. We’ll call them #Barceló_Tous and #Pedro_Barceló from here. The family are from Felanitx, Mallorca.
Barceló Tous is the much more low-key of the two, and there is little public information about him. Largely based in the Dominican Republic, he takes care of the Central & Latin American segment of the business.
His cousin, Pedro Barceló, runs the European and North American division. Son of Group co-founder #Gabriel_Barceló_Oliver, Pedro Barceló is a law graduate who has been described as ‘reserved’ and ‘elusive’. He is the company’s executive president. Yet despite his apparent shyness, he was once the youngest senator in Spanish history, entering the upper house at age 23 as a representative for the conservative party with links to the Francoist past, #Partido_Popular. For a period he was also a member of the board of directors of Globalia, Aena and #First_Choice_Holidays.
The CEO of Evelop is #Antonio_Mota_Sandoval, formerly the company’s technical and maintenance director. He’s very found of #drones and is CEO and founder of a company called #Aerosolutions. The latter describes itself as ‘Engineering, Consulting and Training Services for conventional and unmanned aviation.’ Mota appears to live in Alcalá de Henares, a town just outside Madrid. He is on Twitter and Facebook.
The Barceló Foundation
As is so often the case with large businesses engaging in unethical practises, the family set up a charitable arm, the #Barceló_Foundation. It manages a pot of €32 million, of which it spent €2m in 2019 on a broad range of charitable activities in Africa, South America and Mallorca. Headed by Antonio Monjo Tomás, it’s run from a prestigious building in Palma known as #Casa_del_Marqués_de_Reguer-Rullán, owned by the Barceló family. The foundation also runs the #Felanitx_Art & Culture Center, reportedly based at the Barceló’s family home. The foundation partners with many Catholic missions and sponsors the #Capella_Mallorquina, a local choir. The foundation is on Twitter and Facebook.
The Barceló Group’s vulnerabilities
Like other tourism businesses, the group is struggling with the industry-wide downturn due to COVID-19 travel measures. In this context, government contracts provide a rare reliable source of steady income — and the Barcelós will be loathe to give up deportation work. In Spain, perhaps even more than elsewhere, the tourism industry and its leading dynasties has very close ties with government and politicians. Airlines are getting heavy bailouts from the Spanish state, and their bosses will want to keep up good relations.
But the deportation business could become less attractive for the group if campaigners keep up the pressure — particularly outside Spain, where reputational damage may outweigh the profits from occasional flights. Having carried out a charter deportation to Jamaica from the UK earlier in the year, the company became a target of a social media campaign in December 2020 ahead of the Jamaica 50 flight, after which they reportedly said that they were not involved. A lesser-known Spanish airline, Privilege Style, did the job instead.
#Espagne #business #compagnies_aériennes #complexe_militaro-industriel #renvois #expulsions #migrations #réfugiés #asile #tourisme #charter #Maurtianie #îles_Canaries #Canaries #Géorgie #Albanie #Colombie #République_dominicaine #Ghana #Nigeria #Allemagne #Standsted #UK #Angleterre #Pakistan #Bangladesh #Air_Maroc #Air_Senegal #Iberia #Maroc #Algérie #ferrys #Sahara_occidental #covid-19 #pandémie #coronavirus #hôtels #fondation #philanthrocapitalisme
Mafia nei mercati ortofrutticoli. Sud Pontino epicentro della filiera criminale
Le mafie hanno da tempo deciso di insediarsi e condizionare non solo i processi produttivi agricoli del Paese ma anche quelli commerciali. Per questa ragione quando riescono a mettere le mani sui grandi mercati ortofrutticoli del Paese o sul sistema della logistica, finiscono col condizionare l’intera filiera agricola italiana e internazionale, trasformandola in un pericoloso collettore di interessi criminali.
Si tratta di un avanzamento importante e pericoloso della strategia delle agromafie italiane che non deve essere sottovalutata e che è annualmente analizzato dal dossier Agromafie di Eurispes. Proprio nell’ultima edizione è presente un focus specifico sulle mafie dei mercati ortofrutticoli e della logistica che è, peraltro, in perfetta coerenza con quanto, ai primi di agosto, ha rilevato la Dia di Catania con riferimento alla consorteria criminale che ha legato insieme alcune delle famiglie mafiose e camorristiche più importanti e pericolose d’Italia.
La Dia di Catania, infatti, ha ufficialmente confiscato 10 milioni di euro a #Vincenzo_Enrico_Auguro_Ercolano, figlio di #Giuseppe_Ercolano, considerato da molti il reggente di un sodalizio criminale assai pericoloso tra la mafia siciliana e la camorra. «Le indagini – dichiara la Dia – hanno riguardato i vertici dei clan camorristici dei #Casalesi e dei #Mallardo di Giuliano (Napoli), alleati con le famiglie siciliane dei #Santapaola ed #Ercolano, operanti del territorio catanese con diramazioni anche all’estero». Un network criminale che stritola e soffoca lo stato di diritto, la legalità, i diritti di milioni di persone e di aziende e che ogni consumatore paga ogni volta che si reca a fare la spesa. Secondo ancora la Dia, la società intestata a Vincenzo Ercolano, la #Geotrans, avrebbe gestito il trasporto dell’ortofrutta con modalità tipicamente mafiose.
Questa confisca, dunque, contribuisce a disarticolare la logistica mafiosa che operava nel territorio nazionale e che schiacciava la libertà degli imprenditori onesti locali, di aziende agricole e dei lavoratori. L’operazione della Dia contrasta anche la costituzione di un nuovo sodalizio criminale che rischia di articolare e consolidare un’organizzazione mafiosa nuova, capace di intrecciare competenze e metodi di intervento originali, non più in competizione tra i vari clan ma in coordinamento tra di loro, sino a dare vita ad un direttorio in cui le diverse organizzazioni concordano strategie e obiettivi. Una sorta di “Quinta Mafia” che esprime la pervasività di questa organizzazione criminale nel sistema economico ed istituzionale, sino a diventare avanguardia di un modello mafioso avanzato.
Si tratta di una riflessione che emerge anche da alcune importanti inchieste giudiziarie, a partire da quelle denominate “#Sud_Pontino” del 2006 e “#Caronte” del 2014. Ancora una volta, grazie alla Dia, epicentro di questa filiera criminale è risultato il #Mercato_Ortofrutticolo_di_Fondi (#MOF), nel Sud Pontino. Una realtà più volte indagata dalla Magistratura che spesso è riuscita a dimostrare l’influenza su di esso delle varie mafie. Si pensi all’inchiesta “#Bilico”, oppure “#La_Paganese” o “#Aleppo”. Tutte prove di una collusione pericolosa tra un sistema nevralgico per l’agricoltura nazionale, quale il Mercato di Fondi e le mafie.
Un settore, dunque, quello della logistica e dei mercati ortofrutticoli, che la sociologa Fanizza ha recentemente analizzato in una pubblicazione d’inchiesta sociologica molto avanzata (Caporalato. An authentic Agromafia. Mimesys International, 2019) e che, secondo gli studi di Eurispes, è ormai arrivato a contare 24,5 miliardi di euro l’anno. Un business che deve essere aggredito con sempre maggiore efficienza affinché quelle risorse tornino ai loro legittimi proprietari ossia i cittadini italiani onesti.
#Caporalato. An Authentic Agromafia
The essay investigates the effects produced by criminal networks involved in the production and harvest of agricultural products. Focused on the analysis of caporalato, it explores the enslavement of immigrant agricultural labourers and territorial segregation practices. Moreover, it deals with the topic of the agromafias’ role and discusses matters related to the deregulation of the agricultural market, as well as the general crisis of the agroindustries.
Because caporalato has become a methodological instrument in the framework known as globalization of the farmlands, this essay tries to evaluate the complex relationship between the agromafias’ power and the operational conditions of Italy’s local economies. The authors then explore elements of the extremely pervasive criminal network, that determines productive trends of entire agricultural departments, with the intention of denouncing the dangerous socio-cultural drift that mafia-like criminal organizations are creating in Europe.
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A noter dans cette livraison sur l’#iran l’article très intéressant « Représenter l’espace par la carte dans les manuels scolaires en Iran (1973-2012) » d’Alice Bombardier
À travers un corpus de huit manuels de géographie et persan, publiés en Iran avant ou après la Révolution islamique et supports de l’école primaire ou secondaire, cet article analyse la place de la carte du point de vue graphique, sémiologique et discursif. Des scénarios cartographiques originaux sont mis en lumière. La situation de la carte dans le système d’images mais aussi son rôle dans l’« iconicisation » du territoire national et dans la représentation du monde sont présentés. Cette exploration des procédés de la cartographie scolaire en Iran permet de mettre en exergue la contribution de la géographie à la fabrique du territoire et de l’identité nationale dans une société multi-ethnique et multi-linguistique.
Amin Moghadam, Mina Saïdi-Sharouz et Serge Weber
Déclinaisons géographiques du changement social en Iran [Texte intégral]
Représenter l’espace par la carte dans les manuels scolaires en Iran (1973-2012) [Texte intégral]
Le rôle des séries télévisées turques dans la circulation des modèles urbains et des modes d’habiter en Iran [Texte intégral]
Ronan des Vallières
Pourquoi tant de malls à Téhéran ? [Texte intégral]
Éléments d’économie politique des centres commerciaux en République islamique (1987-2017)
Dynamiques migratoires des espaces ruraux en Iran : une étude de cas [Texte intégral]
Le mall est mort, vive le mall !
Aux États-Unis, près de 25% des centres commerciaux pourraient disparaître dans les cinq années à venir. Temples de la consommation, points de ralliement iconiques des teen movies et accélérateurs de l’étalement urbain, ces « #malls » doivent entre autre faire face à la concurrence des sites de #vente_en_ligne. De l’autre côté de l’Atlantique, le modèle français traverse les mêmes difficultés. Pourtant, déjà championne d’Europe du nombre de #centres_commerciaux par habitant, la France continue à distribuer les autorisations de construire, dans une fuite en avant inquiétante.
Un rapport de 2016 du Conseil Général de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable (CGEDD) et de l’Inspection Générale des Finances, montrait une augmentation de 3% de surfaces commerciales chaque année depuis 2000, soit deux fois plus vite que la consommation française.
L’immobilier commercial, les mulliez prennent une culotte. 26 Octobre 2018.
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Différences de vues au sein de Vizzion
La vie de Vizzion Participations, une société au sein de laquelle on retrouve différents membres de la famille Mulliez, est tout sauf un long fleuve tranquille. Créée en 2008 par l’architecte Sefik Birkye, la société s’est retrouvée dix ans plus tard au cœur d’un conflit entre ses actionnaires minoritaires et ses actionnaires venus de la famille Mulliez, du nom du fondateur du groupe Auchan.
Au fil des ans, les Mulliez ont toujours soutenu Vizzion Participations, allant jusqu’à y injecter plus de 600 millions d’euros, le tout afin d’assurer le développement de projets immobiliers à l’international. Les choses ont commencé à se gâter autour d’un projet immobilier à Istanbul poussant un actionnaire minoritaire, Richard Bossant, à intenter une action devant le tribunal de commerce afin d’obtenir la désignation d’administrateurs provisoires.
Parallèlement à cela, Jean, Patrick et Gonzague Mulliez avaient décidé de transférer la plupart des projets immobiliers vers Bosslord, une société grand-ducale dont ils étaient tous les trois actionnaires. Finalement, quelques actionnaires familiaux avaient décidé de remettre au pot de Vizzion avant que les choses ne se gâtent à nouveau et ne débouchent sur la mise en place d’un plan d’affaires qui tente de défendre le maintien de l’activité. Depuis, bon nombre de projets ont été arrêtés ou vendus.
Les années passent, nous voici en 2018. Malheureusement la plupart des trajectoires destructrices sur lesquelles nous sommes embarqués restent inchangées (les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, l’étalement urbain, l’artificialisation des terres, la consommation et la surexploitation des « ressources naturelles », etc., tout cela continue d’augmenter, qui plus est à un rythme de plus en plus frénétique). Au cœur de ce saccage et de ces ravages mondialisés, on retrouve toujours le continent africain. Ça non plus, ça ne change pas.
Why an Indian theatre artist decided to boycott the Israel Festival to be held in 2018 – Indian Cultural Forum
December 14, 2017
(...)Meanwhile, in India, Mallika Taneja , a theatre artist based in Delhi, has declined to perform at the Israel Festival, although her decision was made before Trump’s announcement, on 24 November. After Trump made his call, she decided to make her letter public in a Facebook post. Taneja has performed her solo performance piece, Thoda Dhyan Se, at several reputed festivals, as well as protest gatherings, to wide acclaim. Her latest work is Rukaawat Ke Liye Khed Hai. Here we publish her Facebook post which contains her letter to the organisers to the Israel festival. (...)
Oui, on n’en parle pas assez, mais les médias ne reflètent pas vraiment l’état du boycott culturel d’israel : on n’entend parler que des artistes qui y vont, et de ceux, de plus en plus rares, qui annulent.
Mais israel ne sollicite quasiment plus les artistes qui ont déjà boycotté, alors qu’ils boycottent toujours. Et parmi ceux qui restent, nombreux sont ceux qui, comme l’artiste ci-dessous, refusent les sollicitations avant même qu’elles soient annoncées, et donc ne comptent pas parmi les boycotteurs/boycotteuses. C’est le boycott silencieux.
Il peut se produire pour des raisons politiques, ou juste pour « ne pas faire de politique », mais dans tous les cas, de nombreux artistes ne veulent pas que leur nom soit mêlé à israel.
C’est ce que l’actrice et metteuse en scène indienne ci-dessous voulait faire et puis, finalement, elle a décidé de rendre sa décision et sa lettre publique (en anglais), reprise dans cet article...
Artist Mallika Taneja (India) openly rejects Israel Festival invitation
Médor : : NEO : les promoteurs mettent le turbo
« Le privilège blanc » : " Le fait d’être blanc est peu questionné. On évoque plus volontiers une « question noire », les « minorités visibles », que la majorité « invisible » ou la « question blanche ». Pourtant, les uns comme les autres sont partie prenante des phénomènes liés au racisme. La « blanchité » reste un impensé français. De cette position « invisible » résulte le fait que les Blancs ignorent leur blancheur". Une rencontre avec Aude qui nous parle du dernier numéro de la revue Timult et de son dossier principale « le privilège blanc ». Durée : 52 min. Source : Radio Zinzine
Voir la proposition de Felipe Quispe (El #Mallku), leader indigène aymara ex-allié de Evo Morales, de créer un ministère des « affaires blanches », faisant référence au « ministère des affaires paysannes » ou « indiennes » qui existait jusqu’aux années 90 durant le règne neo-libéral en #Bolivie.
¿Qué le propone a la gente para tener convocatoria?
– Vamos a ser diferentes al Gobierno de Morales. Tiene que haber verdadera igualdad, tenemos que quitarle los privilegios a los ricos y las transnacionales que siguen saqueando Bolivia. Nuestras bases tienen que dar un tributo para nuestra organización política. Toca los verdaderos indígenas campesinos gobernar el país.
Vamos a tener un Ministerio de Asuntos Blancos, como ellos han tenido un Ministerio de Asuntos Campesinos.
Mini-Mallism — Visiting Atlantic Place Shopping Center | Eric Brightwell
Strip malls (also called mini-malls, pod malls, power centers, retail parks, shopping centers, and shopping plazas) are symbols of suburbia that although overabundant are rarely paid much attention. I find them interesting, however, mainly because I’m amused by their often pretentious names and ornamentation which I guess is designed to elevate their meager sense of place. More importantly, they’re also often home to the best restaurants in town. However, as poorly-designed vestiges of a vanishing car-dependent era, even the best strip malls are increasingly faced with either demolition or better yet, adaptation. As the great Ted “Theodore” Logan once said, “Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.” I will investigate these strange things in the series, Mini-Mallism.
Vitrines de Noël…
Arrests as hundreds protest at Mall of America
About 25 people were arrested during a police brutality protest at Mall of America Saturday afternoon, according to mall officials.
Hundreds of people gathered to demonstrate at the mall despite warnings that the facility is private property.
Official attendance figures weren’t immediately available, but the group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on their Facebook page that they would attend the event, billed as a peaceful gathering.
Protesters chanted “Black lives matter” and “No justice, no peace” as they gathered in the mall’s rotunda. There was also silence as demonstrators staged a die-in.
World’s First Climate-Controlled City Planned for Dubai
Officials in #Dubai last week announced plans to build the world’s first #climate-controlled city. Dubbed the Mall of the World, the 48 million-square-foot [4.5 km2] complex will feature 100 hotels and apartment buildings, the world’s largest indoor theme park and the world’s largest shopping mall.
The #Mall_of_the_World is expected to accommodate some 180 million visitors annually, and every visitor can savor the sealed city for a week without ever stepping foot outside. Enclosed promenades 7 kilometers long, with trams for quick transport, will connect visitors to all the facilities and districts throughout the mall.
Developers also added that the indoor city will incorporate the latest sustainable technologies to reduce its carbon footprint.
The death of the American mall | Cities | The Guardian
It is hard to believe there has ever been any life in this place. Shattered glass crunches under Seph Lawless’s feet as he strides through its dreary corridors. Overhead lights attached to ripped-out electrical wires hang suspended in the stale air and fading wallpaper peels off the walls like dead skin.
I told my son that he would get his first sense of things as soon as we boarded the flight. Planes bound for #Lagos, I told him, were filled with black people and not just in economy but in first and business class too. Lagos, capital of the Black Atlantic and megacity of nearly twenty […]
Since last December, Brazilian shopping #malls have become the stage for a new style of youth gathering: the #rolezinho. Roughly translated as “little excursions” or outings, the rolezinhos can be characterized as planned meetings (via social network) of a large group of youth from poor neighborhoods, with the intent of seeing each other, flirting, eating and drinking at McDonald’s, taking pictures to post on Facebook, and simply having fun.
Nouveaux lieux de loisirs marchands à Beyrouth : poursuite du renouvellement urbain du centre-ville aux périphéries avec un nouveau mall dans le Metn et l’ouverture d’un vaste complexe de cinéma dans le centre-ville
Plans announced for region’s first luxury outlet mall in Metn | Culture , Lifestyle | THE DAILY STAR
Another luxury mall is slated to open in the Alissar area of Metn in spring 2016, Lebanese developer SIDCOM announced Monday.
Centerfalls shopping mall will offer 72,000 square meters of retail space and will include the region’s first designer outlets with discounted prices on luxury brands between 30 percent and 70 percent, according to a news release announcing the plans Monday.
Centerfalls may even rival the Gulf’s enormous luxury malls, as SIDCOM is boasting the largest range of restaurants and personal services “ever seen in a mall.”
CinemaCity at the Souks makes splashy debut in Downtown
Lebanon’s largest cinema opened Wednesday evening in Beirut Souks, bringing moviegoers back to Downtown for the first time since war razed the thriving picture scene in the heart of Beirut.
The three-flour, 12,000 square meter complex houses 2,200 seats across 14 auditoriums – 12 regular cinemas and two Gold Plus VIP theaters. Two auditoriums house supersize screens 18.5 meters wide.
CinemaCity at the Souks was a $25 million joint project between Solidere, Atassi and Mario Haddad, owner of Empire.
The new cinema is the region’s largest, Atassi said.
The area around Downtown’s Martyrs’ Square used to house half-a-dozen movie theaters, including iconic buildings such as the Rivoli, located in what is now a dusty parking lot, and the Opera Cinema, a historic facade that today houses Virgin Megastore. A few skeletons still remain of Downtown’s entertainment hub, like the theater near Riad al-Solh and the Egg, the bullet-ridden, dome-shaped carcass of a modernist, 1,000-seat cinema built in the 1960s.
Solidere put considerable effort into the structure of the new theater and sought to make the complex an iconic addition to the Souks. The giant copper building is lined on two sides with LED screens that will play moving images. The electronic facade will act as decor rather than advertising space, Atassi assured.
During Beirut’s reconstruction in the ’90s, cinemas reopened around the capital and its suburbs that were for the most part embedded in shopping malls. Today, there are around 16 cinemas across the country, less than half of them freestanding theaters.
During the heydays of Beirut’s theaters, matinees were popular fare as the venues drew in early foot traffic from Downtown and university students playing hooky.
The opening was long-awaited. Plans for a Souk theater and restaurant complex began in 2004, and it has been under construction since 2010. CinemaCity advertised its opening date earlier this month, but then postponed the soft opening until Thursday – though movies played Wednesday.
Ça manquait : Metz, le centre commercial géant de la ZAC d’Augny se construit
Avec près de 60000m2, une cinquantaine d’enseignes, des restaurants, une patinoire, un gigantesque parking et même un lac, ce nouveau centre-commercial va compléter une offre déjà riche dans la région messine. (...) « Il faut savoir que l’on ne veut pas créer une zone commerciale habituelle. On veut en faire un véritable lieu de vie. Cet espace comprend plus de 60 000m2. Il y aura une cinquantaine de magasins. La plus petite boutique aura une superficie de 250m2. La plus grande, elle, fera environ 7 000m2 » assure Fabrice Dumartin, de l’entreprise Les Arches Métropole, co-promotrice et investisseur du site.
La même chose en cours à Mont-de-Marsan qui va transférer l’hypermarché Leclerc, déjà assez énorme sur une nouvelle zone encore plus énorme. La question est aussi : que vont-ils faire de l’ancienne zone commerciale de Leclerc, des bâtiments immenses, des parkings gigantesques ?
Un chancre ? Une piste de karting (couverte) ? Une boite de nuit ? Ah non ! C’est loin de Paris, Mont-de-Marsan ! Un centre d’accueil pour demandeurs d’asile en instance d’inscription/refoulement !
PS : un bon coup médiatique à monter ça, le plan délire (ou pas) sur la réaffectation du lieu...
Dans un bled un peu plus près de chez moi, la Halle aux vêtements a quitté son hangar construit près du centre-ville pour un plus grand en ZAC. L’ancien hangar est juste en train de pourrir depuis 2 ans que le transfert a eu lieu...
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