Cinemacar drive-in publicity image, Alicante, Spain

Europe’s biggest drive-in cinema coming to Alicante

Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca is opening Europe’s largest drive-in cinema and music venue next month. CINEMACAR opens to the public on June 11 in the well-known Rabasa enclosure, hailed a new concept of drive-in cinema with more than 45,000 square metres of facilities dedicated to cinema, gastronomy and live music. “Cinemacar updates the concept of drive-in we all know, a new offer of entertainment and leisure that takes into account the musical, cinematographic and restoration culture, with the highest standards of design, quality and comfort. “With this opening we…

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Quantifying the effects of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry

To better understand the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on restaurants, JLL, in partnership with MERA (Middle East Restaurant Association) and GRIF (Global Restaurant Investment Forum) launched a survey in the beginning of April 2020 to quantify the effects of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. The outbreak of COVID-19 has had immediate impact on the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry, with strict lockdown measures resulting in restaurant closures and a switch to online delivery platforms. Even with measures easing in some cities across the Middle East, allowing for a 30%…

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Commercial property outlook: retail, from despair to where?

Much as COVID-19 impacts the most vulnerable, in a cruel twist of fate drastic measures to contain the pandemic will have serious consequences for the UK’s already beleaguered retail sector. Here we examine the fallout and consider what accelerated change could mean for the future of our town centres. EARLY COSTS OF COVID-19 According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the enforced closure of non-essential retail on 23rd March 2020 prompted the sharpest month-on-month fall in retail sales values on record, down 5.7% from February and 6.0% year-on-year. With…

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