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City boom after dark

A NEW report by the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors has found that Hobart’s night-time economy is growing exponentially.

The night-time economy (businesses that operate between 6pm and 6am) of 14 Australian cities was assessed on factors including financial turnover, job growth, and the number of entertainment establishments.

Since 2019 the number of jobs in Hobart’s night-time economy has increased by 19.7 per cent, and the number of night-time establishments has increased by 12 per cent – almost double the national average.

One long-time part of Hobart’s night-time economy, the Telegraph Hotel, recently underwent a major redevelopment and is now offering three levels of dining including an outdoor rooftop area.

Licensee Stephen Bourke said Hobart has always had a vibrant night life, and he’s confident about the future.
“Hobart is such a popular place to visit, and tourism numbers are still increasing,” he said.

“I feel really positive about the future of Hobart and the night- time economy, it is already proving to be a great place to live, in particular for young people.”

Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said in order to further support businesses operating in the night-time-economy, the City of Hobart is offering grants aimed at projects like expanding outdoor dining.

“We are also ensuring that through our planning rules that night-time businesses can thrive,” she said.

“Sometimes people forgot that the night-time economy is such a significant part of our economy, and it is important that the City of Hobart understands the trends and challenges while also supporting the businesses operating during these periods accordingly.”

“The City of Hobart is really keen to promote the importance of the night-time economy and demonstrate that Hobart is the place go out for the best restaurant experiences, to meet friends and find thriving nightlife.”

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