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The nightlife industry launches an app to access venues safely
The nightlife industry launches an app to access venues safely
The announcement was made within the framework of the 7th International Nightlife Congress held last Monday at Marina Beach Club in Valencia (Spain), where other topics such as virtual reality and the Global Nighttime Recovery Plan (GNRP) were discussed.The event concluded with the Golden Moon Awards Gala in which a special award was granted to all medical personnel and law enforcement officials worldwide
Representatives of the nightlife sector from all around the world met virtually this past Monday in Valencia (Spain) in the framework of the 7th International Nightlife Congress which was broadcasted from the well-known Marina Beach Club Valencia. This event, which in its seventh edition was held for the first time in a virtual format due to the exceptional circumstances arising from the pandemic, dealt with matters of the utmost interest to the nightlife industry worldwide, and the newest breakthrough developments for the industry were made public. The event had the support of the Spanish nightlife association Spain Nightlife, the Valencian Community Tourism Board, Visit Valencia, the Valencian Hospitality Federation (FEHV), the Hospitality and Tourism Business Confederation of the Valencian Region (CONHOSTUR), among other entities and sponsors such as Pepsi Max Zero, Schweppes and Roku Gin.
The sector announces the launch of an app that will allow for safe access to its venues
One of the most important announcements that took place on Monday in the framework of the congress took place during the panel about pilot testing to achieve a safe reopening of venues. Within the framework of said panel, Joaquim Boadas, General Secretary of the International Nightlife Association announced the reach of an agreement with the company that has developed the app called "LibertyPass", which allows to carry out a rapid antigen test and therefore allowing access to an event or venue safely within the next 72 hours after the test is conducted. As Joaquim Boadas explained, "The launching of this app may be the definitive solution for nightlife venues to reopen safely as it guarantees the creation of a safe environment for those attending it. All of this thanks to a quick test and a QR code that enables a person to attend all the events they want to during the 72 hours following the test "
A formula similar to the one presented by the INA was proposed by Lutz Leichsenring, Creative Strategist of the Berlin Club Commission and Vibe Lab, also through rapid antigen tests that generates a QR code. On his behalf, Marc Galdon, Founder of the Chinese tourism school (Escuela Turismo Chino) and Brand Manager in Bar Rouge - with locations in Shanghai and Singapore, described how the industry had been reactivated in mainland China through a QR code system that also includes GPS tracking, mentioning that "Now in mainland China the industry is now open, and we have the opportunity of using bars and restaurants as the first line of detection of possible COVID cases in a coordinated effort with the authorities." Lastly, Camilo Ospina, President of the Colombian Bar Association (Asobares Colombia), explained pilot testing carried out in the aforementioned country between the Government and the industry in order to achieve a safe reopening, which is having a very good result.
In the United States, 90% of independent venues at risk of closure, and in Europe urgent aid will be requested from Brussels
Riccardo Tarantoli participated in the panel on legal, commercial, and economic solutions to counteract the restrictions imposed on the industry as a result of the pandemic, representing Maurizio Pasca, President of the European Nightlife Association (ENA) and the Italian Nightlife Association (SILB-FIPE), and Nicos Vassiliou, President of the Cyprus Nightlife Association, who called for unity in the industry and announced that aid will be claimed directly from Brussels through the European Nightlife Association. For his part, Juan Carlos Diaz, President of the American Nightlife Association, called for a rescue plan for the industry in the United States, since according to his forecasts "90% of independent venues will be forced to shut down if aid does not arrive urgently ".
Rick Alfaro, CEO of the company Earthnauts, participated in the panel on virtual reality and new technologies, who highlighted the need to create sensory experiences to bring new sensations to the nightlife public. David Franzén, CEO of Nocto International, explained what the newest nightlife tool Nocto consists of, an app that creates a network between users and venues in a city to promote their activity and provide safe data to its users such as the possibility of knowing if a venue is at full capacity or not before attending.
The nightlife sector sends and SOS but governments are not responding to its needs
The last panel of Congress dealt with how to reactivate the nightlife industry, one of the hardest-hit economic sectors by this health crisis. In the same, under the title "Strategies to Reactivate the Nightlife Industry". Chapter Leads form the Global Nighttime Recovery Plan (GNRP), such as Lutz Leichsenring, Creative Strategist of the Berlin Club Commission and Vibe Lab, Alistair Turnham, Founder of MAKE Associates, Leni Schwendinger, Founder and Creative Director of the International Nighttime Design Initiative, Michael Fichman, an expert in urban planning from the University of Pennsylvania, Nandor Petrovics, Ph.D. Candidate of Corvinus University and, lastly, Diana Raiselis, researcher of cultural and nightlife policy at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This panel highlighted the lack of involvement of governments and local administrations at a global level to save the culture and nightlife of many cities around the world, and it was warned that these will lose attractiveness and economic potential if the entertainment venues disappear.
The event concluded with the 6th edition of the Golden Moon Awards, which, among different categories, include the Golden Moon Award granted to all health personnel in the world and law enforcement officials from around the world for their involvement in the fight against the pandemic.
The winners in the different categories were:1. Most supportive government during the pandemic: MINISTERIO DE COMERCIO, INDUSTRIA Y TURISMO (GOVERNMENT OF COLOMBIA)
2. Most innovative tool for nightlife during the pandemic: NOCTO APP
3. Best collaborative project in defense of nightlife in times of pandemic: GLOBAL NIGHTTIME RECOVERY PLAN (GNRP)
4. Best act of excellence and protection of client's and worker's health: MARINA BEACH CLUB VALENCIA
5. Best solidary act in defense of nightlife during the pandemic: NYC NIGHTLIFE UNITED
6. Best movement in defense of nightlife during the pandemic: SAVE NIGHTLIFE CAMPAIGN by NTIA
7. Special award for merit and the fight against the pandemic: ALL HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WORLDWIDE
INA to host 7th International Nightlife Congress and 6th Golden Moon Awards Virtually from Marina Beach Club in Valencia, Spain
As you all know, the International Nightlife Association annually organizes the International Nightlife Congress and Golden Moon Awards, in order to create a forum to exchange ideas and offer the proper tools to nightlife business owners and collaborators and, at the same time, recognize different players of the industry. Due to the wake of the pandemic, it's no surprise that holding in-person events is very difficult at the moment due to many restrictions on traveling but, despite all, the INA could not give up on the celebration of its yearly events. As a result, this year the INA is going to hold its annual event likewise although virtually. What refers to the 7th edition of the International Nightlife Congress, it will be hosted virtually from Marina Beach Club in Valencia, Spain through a tailored streaming platform, including different live sessions at different times of the day in order to engage panelists from different continents and so that everyone from around the world could tune in and interact.
In said congress sessions, there will be different panels with renowned players in the industry to discuss topics of interest at the moment such as:
- Legal strategies adopted in different countries to appeal against venue restrictions
- Collaborative models for reopening nightlife spaces safely.
- Virtual Reality, streaming, and nightlife. A useful tool for the future?
- Strategies to get clients back on the dancefloor after reopening
These sessions will allow for anyone to tune in and will also encourage participants to ask live questions during the panel that will be answered towards the end of each conversation thanks to a moderator. Finally, the event will conclude with the 6th Golden Moon Awards, where different players in nightlife are recognized for their achievements and role in the industry. The only difference will be that this year we won't be releasing a new list of "The World's 100 Best Clubs" but the jury is studying to extend 2019's list for one more year in order to honor all of those clubs suffering the consequences of the pandemic, In any case, the Golden Moon Awards 2020 will "relive" last year's list. The award categories tailored specifically to this year's 6th Golden Moon Awards include:
- Most supportive government during the pandemic
- Most innovative tool for nightlife during the pandemic
- Best collaborative project in defense of nightlife in times of the pandemic
- Best act of excellence and protection of client's and worker's health
- Best solidary act in defense of nightlife throughout the pandemic
- Best movement in defense of nightlife in the middle of the pandemic
Please stay tuned for more information!
Who will make it on "The World's 100 Best Clubs" 2019 list?
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.
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".
Bogotá will host the 6th International Nightlife Congress, 5th Golden Moon Awards and 6th ExpoBAR Fair on November 13th
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".
The present and future of nightlife up for debate at the 5th International Nightlife Congress to be held in Bogota November 14th
278 venues from 51 countries nominated to enter "The World's 100 Best Clubs 2018" list
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
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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.