The International Nightlife Congress that reached its 5th edition this year was held at the Sutton Club in Bogotá (Colombia) on November 14th together with the ExpoBar Fair, Colombia’s most important nightlife event. The Congress commenced by discussing the evolution and trends of the nightlife industry in different parts of the world and the quality seals applicable to the private and public sector and especially the International Triple Excellence for Nightlife and its compatibility with other existing national certifications in different countries.
Evolution & Trends of Nightlife Around the World
The first conference under the heading, "Evolution & Trends of Nightlife Around the World” discussed the present and future of different models of nightlife such as the ones applied to cities like Ibiza, New York and Barcelona. The President of the International Nightlife Association and Director of Institutional Relations of Palladium Hotel Group, Mr. José Luís Benítez, as a great connoisseur of the sector, spoke about Ibiza's success model. Benítez knows perfectly what type of evolution the sector in Ibiza has undergone due to occupying positions of responsibility in Ushuaïa and Hï and previously occupying several positions in the emblematic Club Space Ibiza and also in Amnesia not to mention in companies such as Pepsi and Sercon also in Ibiza. For his part, Mr. David López, Director of the largest nightlife business group in Europe (Costa Este Group), spoke about the new trends that the sector has experienced in recent years in Barcelona and how nightlife has evolved in that capital. The Costa Este Group is known for numerous successful clubs such as Pachá Barcelona, Opium Mar Barcelona, Bling Bling Barcelona, Opium Madrid, Bling Bling Madrid, Opium Marbella as well as the club that is set to open soon in London under the name of Opium London. In third place, Mr. Paul Seres, Founding Trustee and Vice-President of the New York City HospitalityAlliance, spoke about the nightlife model that the city that never sleeps has followed. He is highly familiar with the scene in the Big Apple since he himself has been President of the New York Nightlife Association for several years. Paul Seres will highlight the progress, the technological and material advances that the nightlife sector has experienced in New York City. Seres has been involved in the New York nightlife sector for more than 20 years, having held the position of producer and creative director of the Big Fat marketing and events agency based in New York, and also directed Ruby Falls Partners, LLC , a holding company that operated Sol Nightclub, a lounge in Chelsea's trendy warehouse district.
Public & Private Quality Distinctions
In the second block of conferences, which will be presented under the title of "Public and Private Quality Distinctions", will include the participation of Mr. Joaquim Boadas, Secretary General of the International Nightlife Association, which will present the international excellence distinction called "Triple Excellence in Nightlife", certification obtained by nightlife venues that meet a series of requirements in terms of safety, acoustic quality and quality of service.
In the same conference participated Mr. Ivan Casas, Representative of the Secretary of Government of Bogotá, who presented the well-known "Sello Seguro", a seal that is granted by the public administrations to venues in Bogota that meet certain legal standards and parameters, which contributes to improving the quality of the services provided by the venues that obtain it.
Dubai Success Story:
Hayan Abou Assali General Manager Cavalli Club Dubai in another conference, Mr. Hayan Abou Assali, General Manager of Cavalli Club Dubai, will discussed the success story of Dubai as a city with an excellent level of quality nightlife establishments and especially the venue Cavalli Club Lounge & Restaurant, the first place in the world to obtain the "Triple Excellence in Nightlife".
Panel Discussion on the Tourism & Music Industry: Objectives, Advances & Challenges
In this debate that took place within the framework of ExpoBar, several tourism experts and authorities will participate among, bar entrepreneurs, DJs, producers, representatives of record labels, artists and entertainment event organizers. The President of the International Nightlife Association, Mr. José Luís Benítez will participate in this very interesting debate together with Mr. Juan Carlos Díaz, President of the American Nightlife Association. Among other experts who will also participate in the discussion are Mr. Juan Pablo Franky, Vice Minister of Tourism of Colombia, Mr. José Duarte, Director of the District Tourism Institute of Bogotá, Ms. Zully Salazar, President Corpoturismo Cartagena, Mr. Hernán Jiménez from Candelario Bar and Mr. Diego Toro, Vice-President of Sony Music in the region of Andina among others. The discussion was moderated by the former director of Affiliated Members of the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations, Ms. Yolanda Perdomo.
5th Expobar Fair
Expobar 2018 gathered the main entrepreneurs of the nightlife sector of Colombia and the World accompanied by different public entities and private companies with the goal of sharing experiences, challenges and solutions that lead to the creation of a consolidated and articulated music tourism product with the different protagonists of the nocturnal, music and tourist industries of Colombia and their positioning.
IV Golden Moon Awards Gala and "The World's 100 Best Clubs 2018" The 4th edition of the Golden Moon Awards was also held within the framework of the International Nightlife Congress, within which the list of "The World's 100 Best Clubs 2018" will be announced and awards were handed out in different categories related to the sector.