The Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1983 and is the leading source for events, resources and consultation services on nightlife.

SOCIABILITY is sharing an experience with other people that stimulates the senses, intellect or emotions

HOSPITALITY is creating the social space for people to dine, drink, listen and dance

RESPONSIBLE HOSPITALITY is assuring a safe and secure environment accessible to all

NIGHTLIFE: is the social activity or entertainment available at night in a town or city

THE SOCIAL ECONOMY is the collective revenue and employment generated by hospitality businesses and the suppliers of products and services to support sociability


RHI's vision is to assist communities in the planning and management of hospitality zones to create safe, vibrant and economically prosperous places to socialize. RHI’s expertise has provided direct technical assistance to more than 80 North American cities to facilitate collaborative solutions to the most difficult nightlife challenges. Utilizing insights and model practices gathered from dozens of cities and countries throughout the world, RHI is in a unique position to guide communities’ nighttime economy development by sharing lessons learned and helping city leaders avoid common pitfalls.


The success of RHI's services, events and projects is measured by its mission to:

  1. Provide technical assistance that builds local capacity
  2. Incubate and share cutting-edge information and proven strategies on nighttime management
  3. Link a broad-based network of professionals who plan, manage and police nightlife districts


RHI brings the experience and skilled professionals through services and events to achieve the following:

  • Preserve and advocate for the social, cultural and economic value of dining and entertainment
  • Provide suggestions for improving the allocation of resources and updates to legislation
  • Ensure public safety to reduce crime, harm and disorder while minimizing quality of life impacts
  • Maintain communication between government and businesses regarding policy and procedures


RHI can facilitate a process for your city to have these outcomes:

  • Selection and training of dedicated staff to be leading advocates for a safe and vibrant life at night
  • Development of a citywide alliance to implement a consensus-driven action plan
  • Data collection tools to evaluate and monitor progress over time


Today, RHI's influence extends throughout the world. RHI services and events advance the professional development of nighttime managers and facilitates creation of collaborative alliances to set policies that nurture and invest in the social experience of sharing food, drink, music and dance.


  • Albany, NY
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Akron, OH
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Athens, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Beverly Hills, CA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Burlington, VT
  • Calgary, AB
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Charleston, SC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbia, MO
  • Columbia, SC
  • Columbus, GA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Delray Beach, FL
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Fullerton, CA
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Lexington, KY
  • Livermore, CA
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Macon, GA
  • Madison, WI
  • Manhattan, NY
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Monterey, CA
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Morgantown, WV
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Pleasanton, CA
  • Portland, OR
  • Providence, RI
  • Racine, WI
  • Rock Island, IL
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Salem, OR
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • State College, PA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Springfield, MO
  • Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Stockton, CA
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Toronto, ON
  • Washington, DC
  • Wellington, NZ
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Windsor, ON




RHI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 with a mission to assist
businesses and communities to plan safe and vibrant places to socialize.

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