Covid-19 and ‘the night’ in the Tourist City: Present and Future

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2021:  London, 31st Aug – 2nd September
Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group
Double On-line Session

Sanitary measures against Covid-19 have sharply affected tourism, hospitality and nighttime leisure industry. An increasing number of international voices from these sectors –mainly from Europe, the United Kingdom and North America, but not exclusively – have expressed their concerns in view of the profound consequences that restrictive ad hoc legislation has for them, including also related indirect activities and industries (such as artists, promoters; managers, curators, freelancers, venues’ staff, artistic performers, food, catering & beverage companies, etc. With the progressive destruction of hundreds of thousands of jobs, and their critical growing financial imbalance, the massive definitive closure of an important number of hotels, hostels, short-term rentals, bars, restaurants, pubs, live music venues, alternative art exhibition and cultural venues (both institutional and non-institutional) emerges as a very likely scenario. Today, one year after the COVID-19 global pandemic outbreak, this scenario is more uncertain and worrying than ever, especially in those ‘Tourist Cities’ where hospitality and commercial leisure industry became key economic sectors for overcoming socio-economic impacts of the last Great Recession (2008-2014).

This double session aims to debate about the range of impacts, challenges and opportunities at spatial, social, behavioral, economical, and governance level that current Covid-19 pandemic is having and will have for tourism, hospitality, and evening and nighttime leisure industry. This double session strongly welcome policy-oriented papers contributing for a new generation of tourism policy recommendations towards safer, healthier, more inclusive, and ‘green’ urban tourism in (post-)Covid-19 world.

Key session themes

governance; night-time economy; tourism policy; post-pandemic futures; nighttime leisure industry

To propose a paper please email an abstract (~250 words) including title, author(s) names, affiliation(s) and email addresses of all authors to and by 1st March 2021.

Due to the likely extension of Covid-19 travel/mobility restrictions along this year 2021, the session will be fully online.

Accepted presenters must register for the RGS-IBG Conference 2021, details at


Manuel García-Ruiz, PhD Scholar, ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. Portugal.  Co-Founder and Co-Coordinator of the International Night Studies Network (

Jordi Nofre, FCT Associate Research Professor, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal (

Cite this blog post
Manuel Garcia-Ruiz (2021, February 15). Covid-19 and ‘the night’ in the Tourist City: Present and Future. International Night Studies Network. Retrieved April 16, 2024, from

Manuel Garcia-Ruiz

He is a PhD Scholar at CIES-Iscte and a Research Collaborator at IS-FLUP. He research on topics such as city branding, cultural regeneration, the commodification of arts and culture, art washing, and the construction of artistic fields.

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