INTERNATIONAL - More than 500 delegates from 30 countries will attend the 2nd International Nightlife Congress at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza on October 7th and 8th. Leaders of the international nightlife industry from Europe to America to Asia will be led by 15 of the most influential speakers on nightlife community solutions. "We have consolidated ideas on international regulations about the environment, unfair competition, minors; and especially noise pollution, security, taxes and alcohol abuse," stated Abel Matutes, President of the International Nightlife Association.
The latter is an especially sensitive subject for Ibiza, which receives many visitors attracted by the low alcohol prices, which is known as "drunken tourism." "Measures have been taken to tackle these problems, including the presence of British Police in Ibiza and banning booze on Ryanair flights," said Joaquim Boadas, General Secretary of the International Nightlife Association. We all know that Ibiza becomes a nightclub paradise in the summer. But when the party animals leave the island, it will also play host to international nightlife specialists presenting solutions to current problems.
The first part of the congressional sessions 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 session of talks will be addressing the controversial topic of 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 Hospitality Institute of North America, Jim Peters; and the CEO of HOTREC, Christian de Barri, will lead the presentations and debates.
The third session on October 7th will cover the critical topic of security, where proposals for the improvement of security in establishments will be debated. The “Secure Nightlife Venue” seal will be presented, which will distinguish the most secure venues, a security distinctive awarded to venues who meet safety guidelines. 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 in the talks.
The last session 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 Nightlife Association and first vice-president of the International Nightlife Association, J. Carlos Diaz.
"The congress will alternate between Ibiza and Las Vegas bianually in order to fully utilize the global nature of the nightlife leisure industry, which includes dayclubs, nightclubs, bars, lounges, restaurants, hotels, casinos and resorts," said J.C. Diaz, first Vice President of the International Nightlife Association. "We're thousands of owners and suppliers, with millions of employees and customers, who generate 60 Billion dollars annually. We just want a safer, stronger and more unified Nightlife & Club Industry."
INAGURAUL GOLDEN MOON AWARDS
This year's conference in Ibiza will also include the first International Nightlife Awards, the Golden Moon Awards, whose aim is to become an international benchmark chosen by a panel of industry professionals. The gala will be presenting the “Best Club in the World”, the "100 Best Clubs" in the world, and the following categories:
GOLDEN MOON AWARDS CATEGORIES
• Best nightlife business development
• Best nightlife business group
• Best government supporting the nightlife industry
• Best nightlife awareness campaign
• Best security action
GOLDEN MOON AWARDS SUBCATEGORIES
• Most Historical Club
• Best Sound System
• Best Bookings
• Best Customer Service
• Best VIP Service
• Best Medical Service
• Best Marketing Strategy
• Best Franchise
• Best Nightlife Career