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India Nightlife Convention & Awards


Danke presents India Nightlife Convention and Awards (INCA) 2016 in association with Johnnie Walker powered by Dineout, is an intellectual property of Kickstart Entertainment and an initiative by National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) created to bring India’s nightlife industry together. It is the first platform specifically designed to bring together and recognize the various stakeholders of one of India’s most vibrant and fastest growing Industries – Nightlife.

Aman Anand, Director of Kickstart Entertainment said, “We are proud to present a huge prospect to the industry enthusiasts to gain insights and the personal experiences of International renowned speakers as well as to felicitate the best in the bar and nightlife industry. The event which attracts attendees from across India is a key forum for vendors to connect and develop a social network thereby helping them build their customer base”.

At present, India has the youngest population in the world with major metros having numerous bars and nightclubs in each city, however there is no such platform that brings together bar and nightclub owners from multiple cities under one roof. The nightlife industry needs recognition within the fraternity and what better way to do it other than to launch a property like India Nightlife Convention and Awards. Supporting this initiative is Miss Malini: Digital Partner, Universal Music Group: Music Partner, Harman Professional India: Lights & Sound Partner, Ernst & Young: Process Advisor, id8 media solutions: Brand & Communication Partner, Alpha Q: Bar Innovation and Neo Juris: Legal Advisor, A Brand New Day, Aspri Spirits, BullnBar, Chandon, Headset Productions, Marim Bula.

The idea behind conceptualizing INCA is to support and uplift the bar and nightlife industry as a majority of revenue generated contributes largely to the economy of the country. The convention includes business and informational workshops with some of the industry’s most influential entre-preneurs with an aim to expand the presence of exhibitors. It is an event by the industry, of the in-dustry and for the industry.

INCA 2016 is a two day business convention for attendees within the bar and the nightlife industry from across India encompassing business and informational workshops with the industry’s most influential entrepreneurs and business specialists. NRAI the voice of the restaurant and nightlife industry has contributed its considerable expertise to develop convention programming, workshop content and ensuring the presence of nationally and internationally renowned speakers like Lutz Leichsenring, Executive Board of Clubcomission Berlin, Alan Miller, Chairman and Founder at The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), Bradley Drummond, Solutions Manager at Harman Nightlife and Ewan Gunn, Diageo Global Whisky Master. Apart from this, NRAI is also the facilitator for brands & categories that need access to the bar and nightclub owners.

Following the convention is the awards ceremony recognizing the best from the bar and nightlife industry. What differentiates these awards from the quintessential nightlife awards is the transparency with which each participates will be reviewed. INCA announced the categories for the awards where participants from across the country competed against each other. Carefully selected jury members from our main metros (Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Goa, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata) have contributed towards finalizing the entrants from their respective cities. An appointed national jury has nominated the best under each of the categories. The world’s most credible and leading professional auditors Ernst & Young is reviewing and tabulating the entire process revealing top finalists in each category. Also in a first, these awards are at a National level for the Industry by the Industry Insiders, making them even more prestigious and revered.

“National Restaurant Association of India strongly supports the India Nightlife Convention & Awards” said Riyaaz Amlani, President, NRAI. He adds, “The Contribution of the Nightlife industry also known as PBCLs (Pubs, Bar Cafes, and Lounges) to the nations GDP and employment has largely gone unrecognized. Currently there are over 6200 licensed bar premises, contributing over 11,500 crores to the Indian economy growing at an astonishing CAGR of 20% making it the fastest growing Industry in the country outperforming the Indian IT Industry and beating GDP growth rates 3x employing over 20 Lakh people. The Nightlife business is also the fastest growing segment in the overall foodservices space, growing twice as fast as QSRs and Casual Dining segments. The time has come for the Nightlife industry to be recognized as an independent booming Industry of its own.”
The Objectives of INCA
• Recognize and Reward Leadership in the PBCL segment
• Encourage sharing of knowledge and best and responsible practices amongst all stakehold-ers i.e.-Owners Operators, Vendors, Suppliers, Musicians and Promoters
• Bring the contribution of this segment to the attention of the authorities and demand ease of doing business for this sector

Gaurav Gupta CEO, Danke Exim India Pvt. Ltd said, “We are very proud to be a part of INCA as there cannot be a better platform than this to announce the launch of Danke to the who’s who of the Nightlife industry and we look forward to redefine the beer culture in India.”
INCA aims to establish itself as the first mover in the category with a long-term commitment from trade bodies creating a revolution. Being one of the largest revenue and employment generators in the service industry but not receiving the deserved gratification, INCA endeavors to promote acces-sibility, ideation, cross-pollination and development of a mutually inspiring community within the industry.