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Managing a Thriving Night Time Economy

With the growing trend of “24 hour cities”, an increasing number of cities are developing a Night Time Economy plan that defines the vision for the city at night.

A thriving night time economy can bring significant economic benefit – creating jobs, attracting visitors and generating revenue. However a vibrant night time economy also comes with the cost of managing the negative impacts of noise, litter and unsocial and criminal behaviour.

According to a new report, Australia’s Night Time Economy employed nearly 1 million people in 2013 and has an estimated valued at $102 billion.

Sydney and Melbourne have both released Night Time Economy plans to  better balance the competing needs of residents, businesses, visitors and workers, and  broaden night time activities to appeal to a wider demographic.

Cities that have a Night Time Economy Plan:


Sydney – OPEN Sydney: Strategy and action plan 2013-2030

Sydney – Sydney Night Time Economy: Cost Benefit Analysis

Melbourne – Policy for the 24 Hour City

Canberra – Planning for Canberra’s Night Economies

Yarra – Yarra Night Time Economy 2014-2018

New Zealand

Whangarei City Council – Weekend and Night Time Economy Strategy


Greater London Authority – Managing the Night Time Economy

Leeds – Evening and Night Time Economy Strategy

Cheltenham – Night Time Economy Strategy

Norwich City Council – the Night Time Economy

Camben Town – Night Time Economy Research

Sutton – Night Time Economy 

Bassetlaw – Night Time Economy Strategy

Shropshire – Draft Night Time Economy Strategic Plan

Hackney – Night Time Economy Study

Aberystwyth – Night Time Economy Action

Related Reports

Greater London Authority – Best Practice Guide: Managing the Night Time Economy

Visit England Tourist Board – Night Time Tourism Worth £66BN to the UK Economy

UK Association of Town and City Management – The Evening and Night Time Economy

Transport for London – Impact of the Night Tube on London’s Night-Time Economy

Local Government Alcohol and Drug Network – The Australian Night Time Economy

University of Sydney – Parramatta City After Dark

Capital City Committe Adeliade – Growing Adelaide’s Evening Economy Adelaide After Dark