The highly anticipated list of "The World's 100 Best Clubs"  will be announced once more by the International Nightlife Association during the 5th edition of the Golden Moon Awards Gala which will take place in Bogotá on November 13. This prestigious annual ranking is produced by combining 30% of the public votes and 70% of the professional jury, that is made up of 7 experts in the industry from different countries. The jury will take into consideration aspects such as DJ line-up, security measures, VIP services, possibility and ease of making online reservations, national or international awards received, acoustic quality, decoration, comfort, quality of service, soundproofing and commitment to the enviornment, among other aspects.  Besides releasing the list of "The World's 100 Best Clubs" 2019, at the same award ceremony the Golden Moon Award 2019 for Best Nightlife Business Group, Best Nightlife Executive, Best Action in Defense of Nightlife, Best in Technology and Nightlife and Best Awareness Raising Campaign will be given. Last but not least, the Golden Moon Award for "The World's Best Club 2019" will be also handed out. In last year's edition, also held in Bogotá, Hï Ibiza was proclaimed "The World's Best Club 2018"
                                                                            
Previous to the Golden Moon Awards, for sixth consecutive edition, the International Nightlife Congress  will take place. Both events will be held together with the ExpoBar Fair, Colombia’s most important nightlife event. The Congress will start off by discussing the "Nightclub of the Future" followed by the panel "Gastronomy and Nightlife"The Nightclub of the Future The first conference under the heading, "The Nightclub of the Future” will discuss the future of nightclubs and nightlife venues when it comes to implementing new technologies such as holograms, live streaming and DJ bookings.  For his part, Mr. Rick Alfaro, Director of Earthnauts, will speak about the all the new technology apicable to nightlife venues such as holograms and 3-D technology.  Additionally, Mr. David López, Assistant Director of the Costa Este Nightlife Group, will discuss the importance on online DJ live streaming.  Gastronomy and Nightlife In the second block of conferences, which will be presented under the title of "Gastronomy and Nightlife", will include the participation of Mr. Joaquim Boadas, Secretary General of the International Nightlife Association, which will present the international excellence distinction called "GASTROMOON" that fuses haute gastronomy and nightlife. 
 
In the same conference will participate Mr. Ragnar Fridriksson, General Manager of the World Association of Chefs Societies. The conference will also have Mr. Hayan Abou Assali, General Manager of Cavalli Club Dubai, first club in the World to be distinguished with a "GASTROMOON".  Expobar 2019 Expobar 2019 will gather 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.  Expobar will host numerous conferences including topics such as LGTBI+, women in the nightlife industry, the importance of cocktail diversity, to name a few. For all those who are interested in attending the 6th International Congress of Nightlife and the 5th Expobar Fair, you can visit our website www.international-nightlife.com or click on the button below. We are pleased to attach an image of the event. For more information you can call (+34) 902.099.500 or (+34) 670.703.370 visit www.feriaexpobar.com or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 16:36

6th International Nightlife Congress

Bogotá will host the 6th International Nightlife Congress, 5th Golden Moon Awards and 6th ExpoBAR Fair on November 13th On said date, the list of "The World's 100 Best Clubs" 2019 will be released. These events will be held at Theatron, Gold Member venue of the International Nightlife Association

We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row the city of Bogotá (Colombia) will host the 6th International Nightlife Congress and the 5th Golden Moon Awards on November 13th, together with the 6th Colombia’s ExpoBar Fair, organized by the Colombian Nightlife Association, Asobares.  ExpoBar is Colombia’s most important nighttime entertainment event with more than 3.000 attendees including representatives of the industry, staff, authorities and sponsors creating a forum where key issues are discussed and possible solutions are provided relating to Colombia's nightlife industry. The chosen venue for said events is Theatron Bogotá, who recently became a Gold Member of the International Nightlife Association.  As you may know, the INA holds an annual international congress and awards ceremony and has decided to celebrate this year’s edition once again jointly with Asobares and the 6th edition of the ExpoBar Fair. During the evening of November 13th , the International Nightlife Association will host the 5th Golden Moon Awards where among other awards, the list of “The World’s 100 Best Clubs 2019” will be released. The World's Best Club position is currently occupied by Hï Ibiza.  Asobares' president, Mr. Camilo Ospina Guzmán stated today, "We are very happy that the most important nightlife fair in Colombia comes together again with the most important nightlife congress in the world to hold a big event that will have a notable influence on nightlife all over the world". According to Mr. Joaquim Boadas de Quintana, Secretary General of the International Nightlife Association, "We are proud to hold our annual event together once more with ExpoBAR, hosted by our member association in Colombia, Asobares. I would also like to make an appeal to the leading nightlife businesses in the world to take part in these events, since they will mark a trend towards the future of our sector at a worldwide level".

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Bogotá will host the 6th International Nightlife Congress, 5th Golden Moon Awards and 6th ExpoBAR Fair on November 13th On said date, the list of "The World's 100 Best Clubs" 2019 will be released. These events will be held at Theatron, Gold Member venue of the International Nightlife Association
 
We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row the city of Bogotá (Colombia) will host the 6th International Nightlife Congress and the 5th Golden Moon Awards on November 13th, together with the 6th Colombia’s ExpoBar Fair, organized by the Colombian Nightlife Association, Asobares. 

ExpoBar is Colombia’s most important nighttime entertainment event with more than 3.000 attendees including representatives of the industry, staff, authorities and sponsors creating a forum where key issues are discussed and possible solutions are provided relating to Colombia's nightlife industry. The chosen venue for said events is Theatron Bogotá, who recently became a Gold Member of the International Nightlife Association.  As you may know, the INA holds an annual international congress and awards ceremony and has decided to celebrate this year’s edition once again jointly with Asobares and the 6th edition of the ExpoBar Fair. During the evening of November 13th , the International Nightlife Association will host the 5th Golden Moon Awards where among other awards, the list of “The World’s 100 Best Clubs 2019” will be released. The World's Best Club position is currently occupied by Hï Ibiza.  Asobares' president, Mr. Camilo Ospina Guzmán stated today, "We are very happy that the most important nightlife fair in Colombia comes together again with the most important nightlife congress in the world to hold a big event that will have a notable influence on nightlife all over the world". According to Mr. Joaquim Boadas de Quintana, Secretary General of the International Nightlife Association, "We are proud to hold our annual event together once more with ExpoBAR, hosted by our member association in Colombia, Asobares. I would also like to make an appeal to the leading nightlife businesses in the world to take part in these events, since they will mark a trend towards the future of our sector at a worldwide level".

U.S.A. and Spain prevail in the number of clubs nominated The list will be made public in Bogotá, Colombia on November 14 at the 4th Golden Moon Awards Gala 

Dear all, With three days left to nominate, a total of 278 venues have been nominated so far by the International Nightlife Association to enter "The World's 100 Best Clubs 2018" list. The countries leading the list are The United States of America with 48 nominations and Spain with 52. Other countries with nominated clubs are the United Kingdom with 18 nominations and Brazil and China with 11. Together, these countries are leading the way in nominations for the Golden Moon Awards' “The World's Best Club 2018” prize. In all, 278 establishments have been nominated from a diverse list of countries like United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Colombia, Belgium, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, GermanyJapan, Philippines, Italy, India and Argentina among others. Nominations are still open until the 31st of August and have to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Regarding the most famous international nightlife spots, Ibiza, host of last year's Golden Moon Awards, takes the lead with 15 nominated clubs—Hï, Ushuaïa, DC10, Blue Marlin, Heart, Km5, Amnesia, Pacha, Lío, Café Mambo, Ocean Beach, Destino, Nassau Beach Club, Sankeys and Privilege—to the list of the nominees. Las Vegas, host of the event in 2016, presents 14 nominees of its own—Omnia, Hakkasan, XS, Jewel, Foxtail SLS, Marquee, Drai's, Surrender, TAO, Light Mandalay Bay, Hyde  at Bellagio, 1OAK, Intrigue at Wynn, and Vanity— so the race is a close one. For each of the contending clubs the goal is the same: when winners are announced November 14, either crack The World's 100 Best Clubs list, or top it, taking home "The World's Best Club 2018" title. The list of "The World's 100 Best Clubs 2018" will be determined based on the votes casted beginning on September the 5th, the link to the voting page will be published on the International Nightlife Association's website. The popular vote will represent 30% of the final tally. The remaining percentage will be determined by a panel of experts who will weigh a host of factors including the clubs' 2018 agenda, security measures, VIP services, availability and ease of online booking, national and international awards or distinctions achieved, on-site acoustics and green commitment. The jury will include nightlife insiders, beverage industry experts, tour operators  executives and INA members. In a statement today, INA's General Secretary, Joaquim Boadas described the contest as a way “to encourage and incentivise nightclubs of the world to crack or even top this list”. To do that, he said, there are a multitude of options at the clubs' disposal including “investing in and upgrading facilities, services and security to make them more competitive, appealing and safe”. Boadas said such improvements would mean increased benefits for clubbers and greater prestige for the industry—“our ultimate endgame,” he confided. At last year's gala in Ibiza, the top spot went to Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, and 2016's number-one champs, Omnia Las Vegas were runners-up. Third and fourth place went to South Korea's Zouk and Las Vegas' Hakkassan. Among the other distinctions, the Golden Moon Awards will announce winners in categories like Most Developed Nightlife Business, Best Outreach and Most Nightlife-Friendly Administration. The awards, says Joaquim Boadas, "aim to improve the image of a hugely important—and famously undervalued—sector for economies and tourism". The awards gala is just one part of the 5th International Nightlife Congress, an event that enlists a broad assortment of global industry experts in unpacking  big questions currently facing the industry, including nightlife quality, music tourism and success stories like Ibiza's. The Congress welcomes speakers like Paul Seres, Former President and Founding Trustee and current Vice President of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, Juan Carlos Díaz, President of American Nightlife Association, José Luís Benítez, President of the International Nightlife Association and Director of Institutional Relations at Palladium Hotel Group, David López Assistant director of Costa Este Hospitality Group and Camilo Ospina, President of Asobares (Colombian Nightlife Association).  If you would like to propose a nomination of any club to enter the list or you are interested in attending the International Nightlife Congress and Golden Moon Awards, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Friday, 27 July 2018 17:08

V International Nightlife Congress

Bogota2018We are pleased to announce that the city of Bogotá (Colombia) will host the 5th International Nightlife Congress and the 4th Golden Moon Awards on November 14th together with Colombia’s ExpoBar Fair. Last week in Ibiza, the President of the International Nightlife Association (INA), José Luis Benítez and the President of the Nightlife Association of Colombia (ASOBARES), Camilo Ospina agreed to collaborate. As you may know, the INA holds an annual international congress and awards ceremony and has decided to celebrate this year’s edition jointly with the 5th edition of the ExpoBar Fair. ExpoBar is Colombia’s most important nighttime entertainment event with more than 3.000 attendees including representatives of the industry, staff, authorities and sponsors.In the aforementioned meeting between the two representatives, the entry of ASOBARES Colombia (Colombian Nightlife Association) into the International Nightlife Association was also agreed on, strengthening the international association. Currently, the INA has worldwide representation in 8 countries (United States, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Colombia) and the upcoming incorporations of Japan and India, adding up to over 13,000 establishments. On behalf of the International Nightlife Association, we would like to welcome ASOBARES Colombia as a new active member and thank you for your willingness and hospitality in allowing the INA to jointly celebrate our international events at its annual Fair.The 5th International Nightlife Congress will deal with key issues such as safety, noise pollution, music tourism, quality and excellence, all with internationally renowned speakers, who are in turn guests of Expobar, the host of all events. The main subject of the International Congress will be the "Triple Excellence in Nightlife", a triple quality distinction granted by the INA to those venues & clubs that meet a series of requirements in terms of safety, acoustics and quality of service after a meticulous inspection. It should be noted that Bogotá, host capital of our next event, has issued the "Sello Seguro", a standard public certification issued by the City for venues that meet established requirements and will be up for debate in our International Congress.During the evening of November 14th , the International Nightlife Association will release the list of the “World’s 100 Best Clubs 2018” followed by the official event closure of Expobar hosted by ASOBARES and tourism authorities of Bogotá. The Colombian capital will be the hub of the nightlife industry by officially unveiling the prestigious list of the most important nightclubs in the world, including the “World's Best Club 2018”, a position currently held by Ushuaïa Ibiza. As of today, as candidates enter this prestigious list there is a total of 195 clubs from 33 different countries. Nominations are currently open until August 30th. For the moment, the United States has 34 nominee clubs, Spain 26, Italy 15, the UK 14 and Brazil with 7 candidates respectively. These are the countries that presently bring the most candidates together in their respective territories to clinch the Golden Moon Award for "The World's Best Club". These 195 venues nominates to date from countries as varied as Arab, Singapore, Sweden, Czech Republic, Russia, Malta, Japan, Argentina, and recently Colombia among others.The voting method for the list is made up of 70% of the vote from a professional jury (composed of a group of professionals linked to the world of the nightlife and managers of beverage brands, executives from the world of tourism and members of the Association) while 30% is popular through social networks which will start voting on September 14th, a vote that will remain open until November 4th, that is, up to 10 days before of the event in Bogotá, Colombia.The listing in this prestigious list has the addition of the musical programmes of the premises during the year, multiple aspects as the number of clients, the security measures, the VIP services offered, online bookings, operational good practices, received recognitions, acoustic quality and commitment to the United Nations Objectives such as respect for the environment, gender equality and working conditions.According to Joaquim Boadas de Quintana, Secretary General of the International Nightlife Association, "... through this event, we want to promote and motivate nightlife venues from all over the world to compete with each other and obtain a rank in this prestigious list and maybe even lead it, investing in excellence in all aspects, facilities, services and security measures that makes them more competitive, attractive and safe, which in turn will result in benefits for users and will improve the reputation and prestige of the sector, which is our ultimate goal ".We are pleased to attach a picture last week’s event in Ibiza with the President of the International Nightlife Association Mr. José Luis Benítez (right), the President of the Association of Bars of Colombia, ASOBARES, Mr. Camilo Ospina (left), in the entry of ASOBARES into the International Nightlife Association as agreed as well as the joint celebration for this year of Expobar and the International Nightlife Congress and the Golden Moon Awards.For more information, call (+34) 902.099.500 or (+34) 670.703.370.

 

Monday, 30 October 2017 12:06

International Nightlife Congress Ibiza 2017

Con este fin nació 4 años atrás el International Nightlife Congress, que desde entonces promueve el diálogo entre los agentes implicados...
El resto de la historia en tendencias.tv/people/musica/international-nightlife-congress-ibiza
 
 
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 16:42

5th International Nightlife Congress Bogotá

Bogota2018
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 BarcelonaOpium Mar BarcelonaBling Bling BarcelonaOpium MadridBling Bling MadridOpium 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 Hospitality Alliance, 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.  

2nd International Nightlife Congress & 1st International Nightlife Awards, the Golden Moon Awards - October 7th and 8th 2015, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

After many months of hard work, we can finally announce that next 7th and 8th October will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza the 2nd International Nightlife Congress and the 1st International Nightlife Awards, the Golden Moon Awards ceremony.

The different speeches that will be given during the International Nightlife Congress, will be about noise pollution, security, alcohol (October 7th) and taxes (October 8th morning), all of them with the participation of worldwide known speakers.

At the Golden Moon Awards’ ceremony that will take place on October 8th at night, also at the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza, the list of “The 100 world’s best clubs” will be announced, and among them, “The world's Best Club”.

Up to now, there are more than 100 people registered for the events so, taking into account that we have to reserve 100 seats more for the representatives of the 100 world’s best clubs that are going to be announced that night, we only have about 350 seats left. The registration applications received will be attended by strict order of reception.

Take also in account that special conditions will be offered to attendants to the different events on accommodation at the hotels Gran Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & spa 5*, Gran Palladium White Island Resort & Spa 5*, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza or Ushuaia Beach Hotel, and also, special rates for the flights for those attendants that fly with Iberia. If you are interested in attending the events register here http://InternationalNightlifeAwards.org If you need more information related to special conditions on accommodation or flights you can directly contact by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fifteen top notch speakers from the nightlife industry will lead the conferences of the 2nd International Nightlife Congress that will take place on October 7th and 8th at the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza. More than 500 people from different countries will be attending the event that will raise a dialogue on how to enhance the industry as well as sharing their vision and experiences.

The first part of the congress will revolve around noise pollution. The founder of the New York City Hospitality Alliance and ex-president of the New York Nightlife Association, Paul Seres, the president of the National Association of the Bar, Club and Show Industry of Mexico (ANIDICE) and 3rd vice-president of the International Nightlife Association of Latin America, Ismael Rivera, along with the general director of the Audiotec Group, Ana Espinel and the sound director of CESVA, Marçal Serra, will be taking part.

The second block concentrated in the first day of talks will point at a controversial topic: alcohol. The general director of Spirits EUROPE, Paul Skehan, the general director of the Spanish Institute for Quality Tourism, Fernando Fraile, the president of the Responsible Institute of North America, Jim Peters, and the CEO of HOTREC, Christian de Barri, will lead the presentations and debates.

The third round of speeches on October 7th will cover a topic as critical as security, where proposals of security improvement in establishments will be debated. The security distinctive awarded under the “Secure Nightlife Venue” seal will be presented, which will distinguish the most secure venues.  In this epigraph, the head of the Affiliated Member program of the World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) Yolanda Perdomo, the COO of the ICDQ Group, Miquel Picas, the Chief of the New York Fire Department, Robert Keys and the Detective Sargent of the New York Police Department, Jerry Kane will take part of the talks.

The last block of talks will take place in the morning of October 8th and will deal with the taxing system that affects the industry on an international level. This topic will be presented by the Deputy Assistant Director of VAT at the Spanish Finance Ministry, Ricardo Álvarez, the primary associate of the tax department of Garrigues, Santiago Janer, the Senior Partner of the tax department of Garrigues Brussels, Salvador Pastoriza, the president of the Italian Nightlife Association and the European Nightlife Association, Maurizio Pasca, and the president of the American Association of Nightlife and first vice-president of the International Nightlife Association, Juan Carlos Diaz.

First Golden Moon Awards

It will be the first time that the nightlife industry celebrates an international award ceremony. The gala will be presenting the hundred best clubs in the world, chosen by professional voting and will reveal, among them, 2015’s “Best Club in the World”. The “Golden Moons” will also award categories such as “Best Nightlife Business Development”, “Best Nightlife Company”, “Best Government Supporting Nightlife”, “Best Campaign for Nightlife Awareness” and “Best Security Action”. During the ceremony, there will also be special mentions in subcategories for the clubs with best VIP sections, best sound systems, best customer service, best medical attention, best marketing strategy, best franchise, the most historical club and, finally, the most original club.