The Department of History, Sociology and Criminology, in conjunction with the Tourism and Events Research Group at the University of Westminster, present a two day symposium on Tourism and the Night.
Keynote Speakers: Professor Marion Roberts (University of Westminster) and Professor Graeme Evans (Middlesex University).
Over the past two decades the night-time economy, and night-time studies more generally, has gained prominence in both academic and policy circles. Much of the focus has been on themes such as youth cultures, alcohol and other drugs, crime and security.
One area that has been less explored is the night in relation to tourism. Since the 1990s a number of cities have promoted nightlife as a central component of their tourism strategy and have adopted cultural and economic policies to brand their cities as desirable places for night-time activities. This two-day symposium will address the following questions:
- What impact does tourism at night have on local communities? What opportunities and/or tensions arise between tourists and residents?
- How might tourism at night open up new forms of sociability, community, urban design, events and leisure?
- What alternative forms of nocturnal tourism are emerging alongside traditional nightlife activities?
- What is the relationship between night-time tourism and processes such as gentrification?
- How might policy makers better manage and develop night-time tourism strategies?
- What types of policies have been adopted in order to reduce potentially negative impacts and empower different social actors of the 'nocturnal tourism city'?
We will be using the hashtag #nighttourism to Tweet about this event - please do join us.