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CCID attends 2018 Sociable City Summit in New Orleans

CCID attends 2018 Sociable City Summit in New Orleans

12 Feb 2018 Tags: Sociable City Summit CCID nighttime economy Tasso Evangelinos

Members of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) are in New Orleans, United States, this month to take part in the Responsible Hospitality Institute’s (RHI) 2018 Sociable City Summit – aimed at managing the nighttime economy.

The three-day summit, according to RHI – a non-profit organisation renowned for being the leading source for events, resources and consultation services on nightlife – is: “The epicentre of the modern evolution of the vibrant nighttime economy.” It takes place between 18 and 20 February and will explore the global movement of “night mayors” and “night managers”, creative culture, culinary and craft beverage culture, music and destination cities, and innovations in policy, safety and security.

Delegates who are their city’s “night mayors” or “night managers” will have the opportunity to attend a special one-day pre-summit training session. There will be a celebration of 300 years of New Orleans’ culture which will shed light on how the resilient city recovered from Hurricane Katrina – one of the deadliest hurricanes in the United States – and continues to preserve creativity and a rich history of innovation. In addition, there will be a showcasing of model templates on economic studies, public safety and policing strategies, music and college cities and intimate group forums uncovering the latest trends and accomplishments in nighttime management.

Representing the CCID at the summit are Tasso Evangelinos, the organisation’s CEO and Muneeb Hendricks, manager of Safety & Security for the CCID, who are both in agreement that the Sociable City Summit is a wonderful platform for the CCID and its primary partners, such as the City of Cape Town, to draw lessons in managing the rapidly growing nighttime economy.

Says Tasso: “Nowadays, we don’t really have a choice on whether or not we manage the nighttime economy – which is much bigger than just the entertainment sector; what’s crucial is finding effective and practical solutions to manage it well.

“Our international counterparts have already begun to find workable solutions in dealing with the complexities that come with a busy nighttime economy and are in a unique position to guide the development of nighttime economies in other downtowns such as our own. As the CCID, we certainly look forward to sharing some of the lessons learnt from our colleagues abroad.”

In 2016, Tasso met with Amsterdam’s inaugural ‘night mayor’, Mirik Milan. Since then, the night mayor concept has taken off across the world and the CCID is exploring options, together with its primary operational partners, such as those within the City of Cape Town, to develop a strategy to support the Central City’s own growing nighttime economy.

The CCID will publish an update on the visit to New Orleans in the next few weeks.

Image by Responsible Hospitality Institute