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


  • Manuel García-Ruiz ⚑ Portugal – ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia
  • Jordi Nofre ⚑ Portugal – NOVA University of Lisbon


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.


##conf1106  Covid-19 and ‘the night’ in the Tourist City: Present and Future (1)  
 13:00 – 14:40  Current Status and Challenges for the Recovery of the Nighttime Music Economy in Post-COVID-19
Mariko Ikeda & Christian Morgner 

Illiberal governance and post-pandemic regulation of night time economy and tourism – weak local sovereignty and lack of political representation in post-socialist Budapest
Gergely Olt, Adrienne Csizmady, Melanie Smith 
 ##conf1106   Covid-19 and ‘the night’ in the Tourist City: Present and Future (2) 
 15:00 – 16:40  Beyond COVID-19: Re-purposing tourism: Engaging our radical in a Northern English Tourist-Historic City
Brendan Paddison & Jenny Hall  

Airbnb’s evolution in Palermo during the pandemic
Federico Prestileo 

Good omens’ for Krakow (Poland): how to develop the night-time economy (NTE) and tourism in the city after COVID-19?Robert Pawlusinski, Magdalena Kubal-Czerwińska, Marek Grochowicz   

Cite this blog post
Manuel Garcia-Ruiz (2021, August 29). RGS-IBG AC2021 & INSN. International Night Studies Network. Retrieved April 16, 2024, from https://nightologists.hypotheses.org/556

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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