INA participates in Sociable City Summit 2023 in NYC
The INA participates in the Sociable City Summit 2023 in NYC
Camilo Ospina, Vice President of the INA for LATAM participated in two global panels
Sociable City Summit organized by the Responsible Hospitality Institute gathered over 60 nighttime management experts
(NEW YORK CITY, USA) April 25, 2023
This past weekend, the International Nightlife Association (INA) participated in the Sociable City Summit in New York City organized by the Responsible Hospitality Institute. The event took place on April 21-23 with over 60 pioneer speakers in the nighttime management movement. Camilo Ospina, INA’s Vice President of the INA for LATAM, participated in two panels with other global nightlife experts. Under the panels, Professionalization of Venue Safety International Models and Vision for 2024: What is the Future of the Nighttime Social Economy?, Ospina gave his insights coming from his role as Vice President of the INA and also President of the Board of Directors of Asobares Colombia.
Professionalization of Venue Safety International Models
In the first panel, in which Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) also participated together with Camilo Ospina discussed the future of professional standards in the nighttime industry. Firstly, Michael Kill discussed NTIA’s Standards of Good Practices. Camilo Ospina, on behalf of the INA, explained the Triple Excellence in Nightlife distinction for helping to manage safety, noise pollution, and quality service in venues. The main objectives of Triple Excellence are to create standard international safety measures to know in advance if venues are licensed and meet safety and quality requirements, protect clients and staff, help to prevent lawsuits, and fines and protect venues’ prestige, and manifest the sector’s commitment to clients and workers.
In parallel with INA’s certifications, Ospina also spoke about Bogota’s “Sello Seguro” created by Asobares Colombia and the Bogota Mayor’s Office, a public certification that is delivered to establishments meeting different requirements from those established by law. Having the seal grants 2 benefits: a 2-hour extension of operating hours and tourist promotion.
Vision for 2024: What is the Future of the Nighttime Social Economy?
Lastly, as one of the closing panels, the vision for 2024 and the nightlife industry was discussed in which Ospina had the privilege of speaking about the future of the industry with Stephan Parker, Executive Director of the National Independent Venue Association, Allison Harden, Nighttime Economy Manager in the City of Pittsburgh, Michael Kill, CEO of NTIA, and Philip Kolvin, Barrister.
Ospina was sure to speak of challenges and vision for 2024, and the need to professionalize the industry. Ospina said, “Capturing talent, retaining it, paying them well, reconciling their personal and work lives are the challenges with our human team. The future is very rosy as long as we know how to overcome the daily challenges faced and improve the image of our industry. Additionally, if we are seen as serious companies that are concerned about our workers and our clients, our future will be clear.”
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