Ibiza held the IV annual International Nightlife Congress last 9th and 10th of October, with the celebration of the III Edition of the Golden Moon Awards in which the World’s Best Clubs werel recognized. This event made the island come alive, being The Ushuaïa Tower, a leading destination of the sector.
These international awards became consolidated on the island in the same way as the International Nightlife Congress, which precedes this event and is held alternately a year in Ibiza and another in Las Vegas. The Congress hosted four conferences, each of which involved four specialists on each subjec, from different countries around the world to discuss the importance of nightlife quality, protocols, and success stories such as Ibiza.
One of the novelties this year was selection process of the members of the prestigious World’s Best Clubs list. It was carried out through a combined method between public voting via social media and a professional jury. Thereby, August 7th, the International Nightlife Association opened the nominations through the its Facebook page, when the nomination process ended on September 7th public voting began. Once both public and professional voting concluded, the World’s Best Clubs 2017 list was released at the Golden Moon Awards Gala, where candidates wererewarded in categories such as Best Business Night Development, Best Awareness Campaign, Best Night Entertainment Group, Best Sound or Best VIP Service, and many more.
The General Secretary of the International Nightlife Association, Joaquim Boadas, organizer of this event, thanked the Palladium Hotel Group’s and Ibiza's Government for their support "and their willingness to share the purpose of this Congress, which is none other than to professionalize tourism and nightlife, particularly sharing experiences that provide solutions and allow us to improve the image of our sector ". In addition, "This Congress counts on the participation of speakers related to the international sector that place the island as a world reference point in terms of nightlife, a sector that has given name to this island and is very important to maintain".
IV International Nightlife Congress
The first part of this Congress, was carried out on October 9 from 11.30 A.M. to 1.30 P.M: and featured the participation of the Nightlife Ambassador of Berlin, Lutz Leichsenring, the President of European Nightlife and President of the Italian Nightlife Association, Maurizio Pasca, and the President of the International Nightlife Association and CEO of Palladium Hotel Group, Abel Matutes, who proposed ideas and solutions to further improve nightlife quality in a tourist destination under the name "The Importance of Nightlife Quality for a Tourist Destination ".
The second block of conferences, named "Nightlife and Security", was held the same day from 3.30 P.M to 5.30 P.M. A roundtable discussion in which experts discussed possible problems and solutions in relation to security measures in venues. This second round of talks included, among others, the Director of the Affiliate Members Program of the World Tourism Organization, Yolanda Perdomo, the Secretary General of the International Nightlife Association, Joaquim Boadas and the General Director of Bull Control, Rafael Rodríguez.
At 6 P.M the third conference "Nightlife and Noise Pollution" began and included, amongst other speakers, the General Director of Tourism of the Consell Insular d'Eivissa, Vicent Torres and the General Director of Audiotec, Ana Espinel.
Lastly, on October 10, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M., the fourth conference "Nighlife and Drugs and Alcohol" took place. A roundtable discussion that did address the different problems and solutions to be implemented in consumer control campaigns regarding substances, the importance of protecting the night sector against these addictive substances and how these affect the prestige and responsibility of the nightlife sector. Highlighting the presence of the Ibizan company, Emergency Staff, an international reference in this type of training, which will address these aspects with its director, Andrés García.