Barcelona's nightlife suffers a decrease of up to 35% of customers due to taxi drivers strike
 
Many clients choose not to go out due to the impossibility of returning to their homes or the hotels late at night
 
Dear all;
 
According to information gathered from its partners in Barcelona by members of Spain Nightlife, association member of the International Nightlife Association), Barcelona's nightlife venues have suffered, due to the strike of taxi drivers, a decrease in customers of between 20% and 35% depending on the area of ​​the city, bringing total average to 30%. In the area of ​​the Paseo Marítimo the decline is around 30% and in the heights area around 35%. This is very bad news for the sector because it is high season and the damage is considerable. In other areas the decrease is less due to proximity to metro stations but still the minimum figure is 20%.
 
Mr Salva Vilanova , President of Spain Nightlife in Barcelona and director of the well-known Sala Apolo mentioned: "We need an put an end to this conflict as soon as possible since it is doing a terrible damage to the tourism sector of the city and all of their businesses together with nightlife". He also called for an urgent solution to the problem and has warned that people decide not to come to Barcelona and adding "In high season we cannot afford to lose a single client ". Then Mr. Vilanova explains: "The places that have suffered less are those having a nearby metro station as this service starts at 5 am and many customers can return at that time to their his houses or hotels, still the decline also applies to restaurants since customers don’t go out to dinner because they do not want to go back so late, and the most affected areas are the heights and the Paseo Marítimo ".
 
In the same line, Mr. Joaquim Boadas, Secretary General of Spain Nightlife and International Nightlife Association, has called for a quick solution to the conflict, stating that "Our local partners cannot afford such a sharp decrease in their number of clients, especially in high season and they hired more staff than ever to provide the service quality the visitor deserves, along with the associated high costs this implies. There are venues in the heights of Barcelona as Otto Zutz or Nuba who are suffering a decline of 35% in attendants". The employer’s representative has warned that "if the conflict persists, the locals will be forced to cut staff and this will lead to an increase in unemployment. It should be noted that, when the conflict ends, the situation will not going to stabilize again after a few weeks so it is mandatory that this problem is solved urgently or you can lose the whole season".
 
The director of Spain Nightlife, Mr. David López, who in turn is president of the Maritime Front Association of Barceloneta (AFM), the busiest area of ​​Europe with in nightlife venues that open 365 days a year and where there are restaurants and nightlife venues of notable prestige such as Pacha Barcelona, ​​Shöko, Carpe Diem Lounge Club, IceBar Barcelona, ​​Bestial, Opium Mar and Agua had alerted of the seriousness of the situation and has claimed the parties in litigation, in the same line as Vilanova and Boadas, a quick solution to the conflict. The director of Spain Nightlife has warned that "without mobility Barcelona loses its main economic driver, which is tourism and with it we have a lose/lose situation ". Mr. López added: "an area of ​​restoration and nightlife of the prestigious area of ​​the promenade of Barceloneta, an area that constitutes a tourist attraction of the first class that has even been recently recognized with international distinctions in nightlife and provides work to more than 1000 people, cannot afford to lose 30% of customers, as this puts at risk the continuity of hundreds of jobs, occupied mainly by young people between 18 and 25 years old, the age group most punished by unemployment, so it would be very bad news that our businessmen were forced to start reducing their staff".
 
For more information please call (+34) 902.099.500 or  (+34) 670.703.370.
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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.

 

Friday, 27 July 2018 10:33

Papillon Club

Nightclub/Lounge
Published in Guía Nocturna
The list of "The World’s 100 Best Clubs 2018" will be revealed in Bogotá (Colombia) on November 14th.
 
On the same day, the 5th International Nightlife Congress and ExpoBar 2018 will be held jointly in the Colombian capital
 
ASOBARES (Colombian Nightlife Association) joins the International Nightlife Association
 
 
 
 
We 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.
 
 
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The International Nightlife Association is proud to announce that Cavalli Club Restaurant & Lounge Dubai is the first club in the world to achieve the coveted “Triple Excellence in Nightlife” distinction.

This remarkable accomplishment comprises the “International Nightlife Acoustic Quality” (INAQ), the “International Nightlife Safety Certified” (INSC) and the “International Nightlife Quality Service” (INQS) seals which involve major improvements in the venue that implements them in the mentioned areas.
Cavalli Club Restaurant & Lounge Dubai, a Gold Member of the International Nightlife Association has undergone all three certifications with remarkable decision and commitment to safety and excellence. All three seals require a comprehensive study and audit and, as a consequence, further implementation of the detected improvements.
Previously Cavalli Club Dubai achieved last month the “Double Excellence in Nightlife” seal which was handed by our Secretary General Joaquim Boadas de Quintana to the club’s General Manager Hayan Abou Assali becoming the first distinction our association has awarded in the Middle East. This Double Excellence is made up of both INSC and INQS seals and required the club to have a breathalyser, resuscitators, metal detector, sound limiter, a protocol to avoid sexual assault, a training course on safety, among other things.
Cavalli Club Dubai did not stop here and so kept on upgrading its quality by implementing the third international seal, the International Nightlife Quality Service becoming the first in the world to have the Triple Excellence in Nightlife. This third seal covers all aspects of the service the venue gives to their customers not only on their premises, from the parking, entrance, main and VIP areas as well as the services facilities, but also in their online, social network and communication activities, and it is to be mentioned the club’s commitment to the environment and their compromise with sustainability and the United Nation’s Development objectives which  include, among other goals, gender equality, recycling and proper working conditions. These requirements are being demanded since the International Nightlife Association is member of the UN’s World Tourism Organization.
The Triple Excellence in Nightlife ensures the customer the venue she or he is visiting endeavors in safety and quality, something very valuable when visiting clubs in different places in the world. It also ensures that the staff working on the premises is up to the level of quality the visitor deserves.
Lastly, we would like to add that achieving this triple international distinction will be taken into account adding crucial points to the ranking of "The Worlds 100 Best Clubs" list which the International Nightlife Association produces annually and that this year will be made public in Bogotá (Colombia) this upcoming November. 70% of the votes come from a professional nightlife jury and the remaining 30% is voted publicly via Social Media.

We are pleased to attach a picture of INA's general secretary, Joaquim Boadas de Quintana, handing over the "Triple Excellence in Nightlife" certification recognizing Cavalli Club Dubai as the first in the world, to their General Manager, Hayan Abou Assali.

For more information, call (+34) 902.099.500 or (+34) 670.703.370.

This morning in Dubai the International Nightlife Association has granted Cavalli Club Dubai with the “Double Excellence in Nightlife”, being the first nightlife venue in the Middle East achieving said distinction. The Double Excellence in Nightlife is an initiative which is already being adopted by many nightlife venues around the world, said venues have to overcome a series of requirements in order to obtain the double certification. The international double certification is made up of the International Nightlife Safety Certified (INSC) seal and the International Nightlife Acoustic Quality (INAQ) seal which is a clear voluntary action taken by nightlife venues in order to provide the maximum quality of protection and service to protect not only clients but also workers and neighbors.

Cavalli Club Dubai has shown it’s clear vow for excellence by complying with all requirements and successfully passing the two field inspections. For this reason, the International Nightlife Association's Secretary General, Joaquim Boadas, personally has visited the venue and has handed the Double Excellence Certificate to the General Manager of Cavalli Club Dubai, Hayan Abou Assali, who has stated "we are very proud to be the first venue in the Middle East to obtain this international double distinction since it demonstrates our commitment to excellence as well as our pledge to provide the best for our clients and workers".

As you may know, the first venues in the world to obtain the Double Excellence in Nightlife distinction were Pacha BarcelonaShôko, Bestial, Carpe Diem Lounge Club, Opium Mar, Ice Bar and Agua. All these venues are located at the Barceloneta Beach Front said to be the busiest and most visited nightlife area in all Europe. 

The international safety seal that bears the name "International Nightlife Safety Certified (INSC)", requires the nightlife to pass a rigorous field inspection to certify that the venue disposes of one or several cardiac resuscitators( depending on venue capacity), a portable metal detector at the entrances of the premises, a breathalyzer at the exit of the premises, a map indicating the emergency exits exposed in their accesses, implement a protocol for the prevention of sexual harassment, and having their employees pass a 4-hour practical course on safety issues, as well as checking the proper functioning of emergency exits with anti-panic bars, the existence of revised extinguishers, the possession of a certificate of solidity of the premises and layout of fire-retardant furniture and decorative material. The seal also requires a series of posters on the prohibition of the sale of alcohol to minors, prohibition of possession, consumption, and sale of drugs as well as a recommendation to drink responsibly.

The second seal making up the Double Excellence is the International Nightlife Acoustic Quality (INAQ) being its main goal is to improve acoustic matters in venues in order to protect the hearing health of clients and workers as well as better the coexistence between neighbors and the community by reducing acoustic pollution. The main novelty of said seal is that the nightlife venue must have acoustic ear protectors available to customers and workers who are in areas where the acoustic level exceeds 90 dB (A). In addition, among other requirements to obtain this seal, the premises must have double doorsemit less than 45db (A) towards the outside environmenthave posters warning of possible damages to the auditory system in areas where there is an exposure greater than 90 dB (A) , have posters at exits asking to respect the rest of the neighborsemit less than 30 dB (A) towards the indoor environment of neighboring homes accredited with the corresponding acoustic audit and have exceeded a course on acoustic matters for its staff.
 
Currently, the International Nightlife Association has developed a third seal, the International Nightlife Quality Service (INQS) seal to make up the “Triple Excellence in Nightlife”. Said seal will evaluate venues through a mystery audit in terms of service quality, amongst the aspects that are audited are customer service, VIP services, communication and social media, decoration, comfort, etcCavalli Club Dubai is already implementing this INQS seal and so is in the process of making up the "Triple Excellence in Nightlife" distinction. 
 
Lastly, we would like to add that having this triple international distinction will be taken into account and add points to the final ranking of "The Worlds 100 Best Clubs" list which the International Nightlife Association produces annually and that this year will be made public in Bogotá (Colombia) this upcoming November
 
We are pleased to attach a picture of INA’s Secretary General, Joaquim Boadas handing the Double Excellence in Nightlife certification to Cavalli Club Dubai’s General Manager Hayan Abou Assali
 
For more information, call (+34) 902.099.500 or (+34) 670.703.370.
Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:04

Otto Zutz

Restaurant / Lounge Restaurant, Discotheque / Club
Published in Guía Nocturna

A former nightclub promoter in Amsterdam is part of a worldwide movement to bring nightlife in from the dark.

Mirik Milan is what the Dutch call the nachtburgemeester — the night mayor — of Amsterdam. He’s in Vancouver this week to talk to politicians, planners and business owners about the importance of nightlife to the city’s economy and what can be done to improve the Granville Entertainment District (GED).

Milan describes what he does as “city planning at night” that involves building a coalition that includes civic officials, police, the nightlife industry and residents. The nighttime economy has its own needs and requirements and isn’t just an afterthought to what goes on during the day, he said.

A successful night mayor, Milan said, needs a nightlife scene that speaks with one voice. On the other side, he said it needs politicians, planners and other daytime people who are willing to listen to “our ideas.”

“We always say that you need top-down and bottom-up structures in place,” Milan said.

The Hospitality Vancouver Association (HVA) has brought Milan to the city for three days. The association advocates for clubs, pubs and other businesses along Granville Street and the Davie Village. He’s speaking to Vancouver city council May 2.

According to the HVA, the 14 liquor-primary businesses in the GED are responsible for more than 900 jobs and $43.5 million in annual revenue.

Milan became the world’s first night mayor in 2014 in an election where the voters included people at festivals, club and bar owners, and the online public. He’s in a unique position as the head of what The Guardian called a “small but influential non-profit” group funded by business and the City of Amsterdam.

Milan has worked for VICE, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and DIESEL. He was a co-host of a EDM club night called RAUW.

Seven or eight years ago Amsterdam and its nightlife were at a crossroads, Milan said.

“People were saying, ‘We’re losing the young, creative (people), they’re moving to Berlin where there are no closing hours,’ ” he said.

One of the ways Amsterdam responded was by creating 24-hour venues. They’re located outside of the city centre at sites able to accommodate them. What’s radical is that operators can decide their own opening and closing hours.

Granting a licence to a 24-hour centre is contingent on the application’s creative content, which brings together music, art and culture. One successful centre is called De School, which has a daytime café, a higher-end restaurant, art gallery and gym. The nightclub is in the basement.

“We wanted to spread out tourists over the city and make the city attractive for a young, creative workforce and reduce brain drain to other cities because they weren’t finding what they needed,” he said.

In Amsterdam, the 24-hour venues are about 20 minutes — about six kilometres — by bicycle. That was once considered way to far to bike to a club. Now people are regularly cycling 20 to 25 minutes at night to get to the venues, Milan said.

What the 24-hour centres do is give people a destination outside the city centre. They also help address the problem of having thousands of people on the street when all the bars and nightclubs close at the same time as they do on Granville.

“You can extend your night a couple of hours if it is a good night, close early if it isn’t,” Milan said about the 24-hour centres. “It gives entrepreneurs more room to try things out.”

The new venues are having a big impact in and outside of Amsterdam.

“Now people are saying that Amsterdam is one of the club capitals of the world,” he said.

While Milan is focused on nightlife entertainment, he sees himself as an advocate for anyone working at night outside of non-traditional nine-to-five hours. He said it’s part of having a 24-hour vision of the city.

“Let us prepare for the future,” he said. “How do we make sure that late-night workers have the same rights as during the day?”

The idea of a night mayor is one that has quickly spread throughout the world. Night mayors, or their equivalents, are now in cities that include New York, London and Paris.

One of Milan’s successes in Amsterdam is the transformation in Rembrandtplein, a 17th-century square in the city centre. The city’s daytime mayor said something had to be done about the 250 incidents a year related to alcohol and violence. The three-year plan that was developed included:

• Removing obstacles in public spaces. One of the most difficult initiatives was convincing Amsterdam residents they could neither park their bikes nor ride them in the plaza and surrounding narrow streets.

• Creating Rembrandtplein Hosts who are on the streets Friday and Saturday nights. They’re social workers with medical training who are skilled at de-escalating situations.

• Creating a mobile website to handle complaints. If there’s an incident, it can be dealt with right away — rather than having an official respond hours or days later when the problem has disappeared.

After two years there has been a 30-per-cent decrease in nuisances, which include littering and shouting, and a 25-per cent drop in alcohol-related incidents from 250 to under 200.

“People in a city really have to work together and find their own strategy,” he said.

 

Source: http://vancouversun.com

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This morning in Barcelona a press conference took place in which it has been made public that seven restaurants and nightlife venues in Barcelona have obtained two international distinctions of safety and acoustic quality, being the first venues in the world to obtain this international "Double Excellence for Nightlife" distinction, granted by the International Nightlife Association. The distinguished venues are: Pacha Barcelona, ​​Shôko, Bestial, Carpe Diem Lounge Club, Opium Mar, Ice Bar and Agua. Said venues have obtained this double international distinction after overcoming a series of requirements imposed by the International Nightlife Association.

Firstly, David López, President of the "Associació Front Marítim Barceloneta", an association in which all the distinguished venues are integrated in and which in turn belongs to FECASARM and SPAIN NIGHTLIFE, has stressed that, "It is a real privilege that these seven venues of the most frequented touristic areas of all Europe, for its catering, entertainment and nightlife, have been the first in the world in obtaining this double distinction. In fact, it is a clear voluntary bet from the nightlife entrepreneur on quality, excellence of the area, safety and comfort to its costumers".

Then, Joaquín Boadas, General Secretary of the International Nightlife Association, explained the requirements that the venues have had to meet to obtain the International safety seal that bears the name "International Nightlife Safety Certified (INSC)". The representative of the international organization explained that the premises have had to incorporate one or several cardiac resuscitators, a portable metal detector at the entrances of the premises, a breathalyzer at the exit of the premises, a map indicating the emergency exits exposed in their accesses, implement a protocol for the prevention of sexual harassment, and having their employees pass a 4-hour practical course on safety issues, as well as checking the proper functioning of emergency exits with anti-panic bars, the existence of revised extinguishers, the possession of a certificate of solidity of the premises and layout of fire-retardant furniture and decorative material.The seal also requires a series of posters on the prohibition of the sale of alcohol to minors, prohibition of possession, consumption and sale of drugs as well as recommendation to drink responsibly.
 
In relation to the obligation of having a map indicating the emergency exits at the entrances of the premises, Joaquin Boadas has stated "It is not intended to do as airplanes do on every flight where an indication is made to all passengers regarding where the emergency exits are located, but the goal is that local customers can know, when accessing the premises, where they are located since they often do not know where to go in case of an emergency, and everything that is prevention is positive". Regarding the manual cardiac resuscitator, he highlighted, "That it is an instrument that is rarely used but in a case of necessity it can be very useful because if someone suffers a cardiac arrest this instrument keeps the person alive until the ambulance arrives. "
 
In regards to the portable metal detector, Boadas wanted to emphasize that, "It is a preventive instrument that is used in all security controls of city centers that concentrates a large amount of people and, therefore, it has been considered necessary to enforce its use for this seal". In regards to the coin-operated breathalyzer ,"It has been deemed necessary to impose it in all the venues in the world that wish to obtain the certification to allow their clients to know whether or not they are able to drive, which is something that can also help to save lives and, therefore, another important element for security ".
 
Also at the press conference was Jana Sonego, Technical Laboratory Director of the AUDIOTEC Group delegation in Catalonia, responsible for the certification of the INAQ (International Nightlife Acoustic Quality). The representative of the certifying company explained that the main novelty of the INAQ seal is that the premises must have acoustic ear protectors available to customers and workers who are in areas where the acoustic level exceeds 90 dB (A). In addition, among other requirements to obtain this seal, the premises must have double doors, emit less than 45db (A) towards the outside environment, have posters warning of possible damages to the auditory system in areas where there is an exposure greater than 90 dB (A) , have posters at exits asking to respect the rest of the neighbors, emit less than 30 dB (A) towards the indoor environment of neighboring homes accredited with the corresponding sonometry and have exceeded a course on acoustic matters for its staff.
Sonego has concluded, highlighting the importance of the INAQ certification system for its triple acoustic protection for customers, workers and neighbors.
 
As she explained, "The INAQ seal is an innovative international standard that incorporates a series of guarantees and innovative impositions that aim to achieve goals in changing the perception of nightlife, in order to view the nightlife sector as a sector committed to the respect and protection of the auditory health of its clients, workers and the rest of the neighbors ".
 
We are pleased to attach a picture of the press conference held today, from left to right, Joaquim Boadas, David López and Jana Sonego.
 
For more information, call (+34) 902.099.500 or (+34) 670.703.370.

Move over mayor, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilmember Rafael Espinal announced on Wednesday the appointment of Ariel Palitz as New York City's first-ever nightlife mayor.

The New York Times, which published the news first, reported that Palitz's initial move at the helm of the Office of Nightlife would be to hold a series of listening tours to address the concerns of residents who believe nightlife venues make neighborhoods loud, dirty and overcrowded.

“Both sides feel unheard,” Palitz, 47, told the Times. “Both sides feel that things are unfair. I think the grievances are almost the same but there haven’t been any practical real-world solutions to address them.”

In September, de Blasio signed into law legislation to create the Office of Nightlife and Nightlife Advisory Board at Bushwick nightclub House of Yes.

At the time, de Blasio said the Nightlife Mayor position would be "one of the coolest job titles you could ever hope to have."

"The office will be led by someone who undoubtedly will be more popular than me and will wield tremendous power," de Blasio said in September.

Palitz’s responsibilities will include regulating the nightlife industry, helping DIY venues stay open and creating a safer partying environment.

Palitz will be responsible for conducting outreach to nightlife establishments, acting as a liaison for venues, referring those organizations to city services, reviewing 311 complaints and holding at least one public hearing in each borough, among other duties.

The Nightlife Advisory Board will be comprised of 12 members: four to be appointed by the mayor and eight by the speaker of the City Council. They will each serve a two-year term.

Palitz is a fifth-generation New Yorker who was raised on the Upper East Side and who currently lives in the East Village, the Times reports. She was a member of Community Board 3, which encompasses the East Village, Chinatown and the Lower East Side.

Palitz has a long track record of working in nightlife. She ran the door at the shuttered Club Mars and owned a bar for 10 years in the East Village, according to the Times.

Palitz will have a salary of $130,000 and will oversee a $300,000 budget.

The Office of Nightlife will be included under the mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and will be monitored by the Committee on Consumer Affairs.

New York is now the first American city to adopt a night mayor position.

Many European metropolises have had night mayors for some time, including Amsterdam, Paris and London.

Mirik Milan, the night mayor, or “nachtburgemeester” of Amsterdam, came and spoke to club owners and nightlife professionals in May at the Williamsburg club Output.

Milan, who has held the position since 2012, has played a leading role in the introduction of 24-hour licenses for venues in the Dutch capital.

After creating an Office of Nightlife in Amsterdam, the city has seen a 25 percent reduction in crime and a 28 percent decrease in noise complaints.

Espinal, who introduced and sponsored the bill to “bring nightlife out of the bureaucratic shadows and address quality of life issues in local communities,” was elated with the hiring.

"I'm excited that we're finally going to be able to get down to work and have named a Night Mayor,” Espinal told the Brooklyn Eagle. “In order for this office to be effective, the director of nightlife has to hit the ground running.

“I look forward to working with Ariel Palitz on supporting nightlife as a whole, but more importantly the DIY and underground spaces in Brooklyn. As chair of the Council's Committee that will oversee this agency, I will keep a close eye on the progress of this office on supporting nightlife in Brooklyn and the city as a whole."

Nightlife versus Gentrification

One prominent issue that Palitz will likely have to address early on is gentrification.

At a recent discussion at the Bushwick Starr, a community arts center in Bushwick, several influential nightlife professionals discussed subjects intimate to Brooklyn, including the effects of gentrification, the future of the nightlife industry, the challenges and perks of operating a venue in New York City and the expected benefits of the forthcoming Office of Nightlife.

The panel included Dhruv Chopra, partner at Elsewhere and PopGun Presents; Belvy Klein, co-founder of Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint; Johnny Beach, Bowery Ballroom talent buyer; and Ami Spishock, co-founder of Fort William Artist Management.

Attendees acknowledged that while arts and cultural institutions are positive for communities, they also play a role in gentrification.

“There’s no good answer, other than the fact that it’s like a snake eating its tail,” Chopra said. “We are the victims and culprits of it. It seems like it’s a never-ending cycle, especially in New York City, where everything keeps getting pushed out and out and rents go up.”

“It’s a Catch 22,” added Klein. “You go in, and you’re not trying to [trigger gentrification], but our last location is now a BMW creative workspace.

“You get companies that come in, and they never would have gone there if we weren’t there. We made this empty strip viable for this multinational company, and then we get evicted.” 

 

Source: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2018/3/7/say-hello-nycs-first-nightlife-mayor-ariel-palitz

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