City of Toronto plays host to expert discussions on nightlife economy,
hospitality and safety
TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - On Monday, the Toronto Entertainment District
Business Improvement Area (BIA) will host the Responsible Hospitality
Institute (RHI) Conference on Nightlife, with a dual focus on harnessing the
benefits of a thriving nighttime economy, while best managing safety.
Nightlife experts from some of North America's most vibrant cities including
New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco are attending the Toronto
conference to discuss their own successes in the areas of management,
policing, and planning of a better nightlife for their city.
As part of its ongoing commitment to a collaborative dialogue with key
stakeholders, the Entertainment District BIA will also welcome to the one-day
conference representatives from the Toronto and regional Police Service, the
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (Liquor Enforcement Branch), city
councilors, planners and City Municipal License and Standards.
"Toronto continues to be recognized around the world as one of the
safest, most diverse places to live," said Toronto Mayor David Miller. "I am
confident that with leaders like the Entertainment District BIA and its
collaborative approach to managing nightlife, Toronto will maintain its
international reputation as a progressive, world-class city with an incredible
quality of life."
The RHI Conference takes place in Toronto on Monday, June 8, 2009 at the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Leading nightlife experts include:
- Terrance Alan, Founding Member, San Francisco Entertainment
- Rob Bookman, Co-Founder and General Counsel, NYC Nightlife
- Steve Georgas, Commander, Chicago Police Department
- Elizabeth Peterson, President EPG, consultant to nightlife businesses
in Los Angeles
- David Whitaker, President & CEO, Tourism Toronto (formerly CEO of
"The Toronto Entertainment District BIA is dedicated to the creation of a
safe and enjoyable nightlife experience for everyone," said Janice Solomon,
executive director, Toronto Entertainment District BIA. "We believe that a
vibrant, safe and enjoyable nightlife is a valuable contributor to the
Entertainment District - and the City."
Jim Peters, President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute will be a
keynote speaker at the conference touching on trends driving nighttime economy
gathered from over 30 North American cities, including successful elements of
a hospitality zone, managing closing time crowds and noise levels - all
initiatives the Entertainment District BIA is progressively addressing through
its best practices approach to managing nightlife.
Added Solomon: "We firmly believe that by implementing approaches used
successfully by other cities, we can ensure that Toronto's Entertainment
District will have a flourishing and well-balanced nightlife and that the
interests of our diverse membership are progressively intertwined."
About the Entertainment District Business Improvement Area
Established in 2008, the Toronto Entertainment District Business
Improvement Area's (BIA) mandate is to promote, improve, and preserve this
dynamic area of Toronto. Benefiting from economic, environmental and social
factors driving downtown growth, the Entertainment District is in the midst of
a renaissance, firmly establishing itself as a thriving and vibrant district
for living, creating, working and entertainment.
For further information:
For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Mansfield Communications on behalf of the Entertainment District BIA Contact:
Mark Cohen, (416) 599-0024 x 240, firstname.lastname@example.org; Toronto Entertainment
District Business Improvement Area Contact: Janice Solomon, Executive
Director, (416) 926-1337, email@example.com