Global Leaders Converge on Seattle to Share Tips on How to Plan and Manage the Nighttime Economy

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The Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) holds it 2020 Sociable City Summit in Seattle, on February 29-March 2, 2020 with global leaders in nighttime planning and management. As more cities establish dedicated nightlife offices and staff, this annual event convenes influential leaders such as city planners, elected officials, downtown managers, music advocates, police and nightlife professionals – all in one place to discuss how to create safe and vibrant social experiences.

RHI's 2020 Sociable City Summit

This year’s RHI Summit program reflects the backdrop of heightened awareness of cultural issues and diversity and how they affect nightlife.

The Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) is pleased to announce that it will host the annual RHI 2020 Sociable City Summit in Seattle, Washington on February 29 - March 2, 2020, convening a global network of Night Mayors, city planners, police, business district managers, elected officials and hospitality entrepreneurs who are committed to making their cities’ nightlife safer and more vibrant. A series of panels, workshops and interactive solution sessions will dive into the details of nightlife planning, management and advocacy.

In addition to traditional and ongoing issues that nighttime economy professionals face, this year’s RHI Summit program reflects the backdrop of heightened awareness of cultural issues and diversity and how they affect nightlife.

A record number of women will participate as panelists and speakers, including night mayors, regulators, police officers, county executives, researchers and restaurant owner/managers, who will be featured on a variety of sessions. All-female panels will tackle the following topics: Public Safety Teams, Community-Centered Compliance and Women Making Things Happen in Nightlife. Ensuring female representation in the male-dominated industries of city planning, enforcement and social space-making is critical for improving how nighttime economies are planned and managed.

“This year’s summit is unique from past events in that it takes on timely subjects and asks difficult questions. Many cities promote their diversity in dining and entertainment, but are these spaces inclusive and equitable, too?” said Alicia Scholer, Vice President of RHI. “We’ll also feature a hands-on training in the ‘#MeToo in Nightlife: Creating a Culture of Respect’ session.”

Sessions will review and provide the latest industry updates on foundational topics that a safe, vibrant nightlife is built upon, such as sound management; nighttime mobility; and proactive, community-oriented policing. Other hot topics will include cannabis regulation and tips for becoming a music city.

Seattle will serve as an excellent showcase of how a technology-driven city has embraced music, nightlife and cannabis from the top down. Seattle’s Nightlife Business Advocate, Scott Plusquellec, will lead a luncheon session featuring prominent Seattle leaders in each of these industries to discuss the intersections between them and how they are changing nightlife as we know it.

“I’m excited to host RHI’s 2020 Summit in Seattle. Our city will be a learning laboratory for how to create nightlife opportunities that everyone can enjoy,” Plusquellec said.

The Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) is a non-profit organization founded in 1983. Guided by the mission to assist businesses and communities create safe and vibrant places for people to socialize, RHI is the premier source of nightlife consultation, events and resources. More information is available at

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