A PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR ALL INTERESTS
Demographic, economic and lifestyle forces are
creating opportunities for economic development as well as
challenges in nighttime management. The Summit explores many of
these trends with sessions focusing on the following:
Music: A global movement to become a
"music city" embraces the economic value of all sectors
of the music economy.
What does it take to be a
College: An emerging
in which a growing student population moves in large
numbers to traditionally non-student neighborhoods,
especially in or near downtown districts. (see RHI's
Sociable City Guide for College Communities)
Public Safety Teams: An organized
collaborative approach that brings
social venues, police and compliance agencies, social
services and business district management to coordinate
training and early assistance for at-risk businesses.
Craft Beverages: The craft culture is
an example of hospitality innovation
that began with the growth of regional wineries.
Coffee houses spawned a new career of the
barista along with craft breweries,
which increased from 284 in 1990 to 4,269 in 2015
followed by 1,280 active spirits producers.
Combined, these developments indicate a rapidly moving
transformation in the consumer adult beverage market.
Craft Dining: The emergence of
farm-to-fork menus and innovations in the
culinary experience support a new sociability built
around the dining experience. So, too, are food trucks, street vendors
nighttime markets as magnets where people gather.
Diversity and Nightlife: Sociability is
the sharing of food, drinks, music and dance. Nightlife
districts bring together entrepreneurs from diverse
ethnic backgrounds and introduce new cultures and
variety to the social experience.
The Nighttime Economy: Safe and
vibrant places to socialize represent the key to unlock your
nighttime economy assets.
Cities throughout the world are forming
nighttime commissions to coordinate resources
and dedicated "night managers" and "night
mayors" as a liaison and mediator among the
diverse, and sometimes confrontational, stakeholders.
The Sociable City: It will be a decade
since RHI used the term "Sociable City" at the 2008
Networking Conference in San Francisco. The Guardian
recently featured the "Most
Sociable Cities" as ranked by a survey conducted by
Hostelworld. Dublin took the honor as a draw for
Mother's Day travelers in a promotion.