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Council of Capital City Lord Mayors

Measuring Australia's Night Time Economy

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors is pleased to release the 2019-20 report of its commissioned research into the Night Time Economy (NTE).

This important research, now in its tenth year, focuses on the Core NTE –comprising Food, Drink and Entertainment businesses - and its associated economic performance in the 2019-20 financial year, depicting the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The year 2020 was one unlike any other in modern times. The pandemic wreaked havoc on communities and economies across the globe, and its ongoing nature continues to alter the economic landscape. Lockdowns led to night-time businesses pivoting to new business models (e.g., takeaway, online, outdoor dining) and adapting to physical distancing restrictions, density limits, QR check-ins, the lack of international tourism, new home working arrangements and the postponement or cancellation of events and festivals.

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