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 music city?

  • College: An emerging phenomenon of "studentification" 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. (see Edmonton and London teams)

  • 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 and even 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 city's 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. 


February 17–20, 2018: New Orleans, LA


Sociable City Showcase

Build a Team


Nighttime Management Seminar



Sociable Cities

Nighttime Economy

Night Manager

Public Safety Guide from 2016 Summit

College Guide


2017 Summit Highlights

Final 2017 Summit Program

2017 Strategic Partners and Sponsors

YouTube Videos

Nighttime Management Panel

Economic Studies Panel

Video Testimonials


"I'd highly recommend any already established entertainment/night-life districts to attend the RHI Summit as well as any districts that are currently under development or revitalization." Jon Shivers Director of Beale Street Downtown Memphis Commission


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RHI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 with a mission to assist businesses and communities to plan safe and vibrant places to socialize. RHI's Sociable City events create an organized opportunity to connect and share information with peers and access resources from RHI.  © 2017 Responsible Hospitality Institute