Fifth India Nightlife Convention & Awards Felicitates Hospitality’s Pandemic Heroes

Business Events | March 19, 2021 | News

India Nightlife Convention & Awards

The fifth edition of the India Nightlife Convention & Awards (INCA) 2021 was held at W Goa on 13 March 2021. The convention saw panel discussions with industry experts and felicitation of COVID contributors from the industry. Heineken was presenting sponsor while Pernod Ricard - Chivas was the co-promoting brand for this year.

Personalities from the nightlife and hospitality industry such as Joy Singh, Priyank Sukhija, Zorawar Kalra, AD Singh, Riyaaz Amlani, Gauri Devidayal, Ashish Singh, Rahul Singh, Mariketty Grana, Ayesha Pramanik, and more attended the convention, lending their knowledge and expertise in the interest of uplifting the nightlife scenario in the country.

Special guest NUCLEYA was a part of the opening panel discussion talking about new partnerships post the pandemic and his new role with RAASTA, the bar chain. The other panels covered the topics like ‘What we learned from the Pandemic’ and ‘Brands & Industry Partnerships’. 

INCA 2021 witnessed the screening of the Sisterhood Soiree’s achievements over the last two years. The Sisterhood Soiree is an initiative to recognize and empower women in nightlife and hospitality. The convention was followed by a felicitation ceremony to recognize patrons of the industry who during the pandemic lent a helping hand to those in need.

Notable achievers felicitated were:

• NRAI for its Feed The Needy Initiative
• Carlton Braganza, Manasi Scott, and DJ Ivan were felicitated under Lockdown's Leading Lights category
• Suved Lohia & Pragya Kapoor for Ek Saath - The Earth Foundation
• AD Singh of Olive Group of Restaurants, Thalassa By Meriketty, AB Kholi from Pritam Hotels, Youth for India Walk, Tito's Foundation, I Love Mumbai, Zorawar Kalra of Massive Restaurants for notable contributions in the pandemic
• United Breweries Limited for its Back To The Bars Initiative
• Beam Suntory India and Pernod Ricard India under NRAI Rise For Bars Initiative
• Diageo for Raising The Bar initiative
• Pepsico India for Save Our Restaurants Initiative

Personalities such as Malini Agarwal, Pooja Bedi, Parul Kakad, DJ Starling, Divine, Oscar de Lima, Manasi Scott and more made an appearance at the red carpet.

Aman Anand, Director, Kickstart Entertainment, said, “Last year has been a challenging one for industry players from across the sectors. From witnessing a change in lifestyle to adapting to the new normal, we have gone through a time that will be written down in history for our future generations to read. We have changed the tone for this year instead of awards and jury votes, this has moved towards contributions in the pandemic.

“INCA 2021 celebrates the industry heroes from the hospitality sector who have not only kept the momentum going but also brought about a considerable change by not giving up. With support from our sponsors Heineken NRAI and Pernod, we will celebrate the industry bouncing back from the standstill witnessed across the country.”

Gurpreet Singh, Head Marketing, United Breweries Limited, said, “The F&B industry witnessed unprecedented challenges over the last year. It was heartening to see NRAI, INCA, and prominent companies including United Breweries Ltd come together and support the industry through these troubled times. Heineken is honored to present INCA 2021. While this is Heineken’s 2nd year of association with INCA, this year is special in what it represents – a triumph and celebration of the human spirit and the hospitality industry, and the pride it takes in its work.” 

The convention saw panel discussions with industry experts and felicitation of COVID contributors from the industry.

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