How Will the Coronavirus Impact the Events Industry?

March 11, 2020 by Mitchell Buchanan

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The coronavirus has come to the United States.

As of March 9th, 566 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the United States, and the official death toll has risen to 22 Americans. This virus has had an impact on a number of industries, including the events industry, as more and more people are becoming cautious about traveling.

South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual film, media, music, and business conference in Austin, Texas has officially been canceled before its March 13th start date. Global tech companies such as Apple, Netflix,Facebook, and Intel pulled out of the event prior to its cancelation due to “concerns related to the coronavirus”.

In Orlando, the HIMSS Global Health Conference which was set for March 8th was also canceled. This conference experienced a major loss in exhibitors as well, with Salesforce, Intel, Cisco,and Amazonall pulling out of the event due to the virus.

With the events industry being so heavily impacted, companies are looking for a way to continue to do business without flying representatives out to conferences, meetings, and networking events.

Now is the time for these companies to consider VIRTUAL EVENTS.

ViewStub is an event streaming platform, specializing in virtual/ hybrid events. ViewStub is a website that broadcasts events to a worldwide audience. There are no upfront costs for organizers and planners to set up a virtual event in minutes. They set a custom ticket price, and live stream or upload video of their event for virtual attendees across the world, on any device.

ViewStub is at the forefront of live event technology, with a list of useful features such as custom affiliate links, QR scanning, embedded checkout boxes, custom questions, live chat to interact with attendees, and much more. Virtual events give us a direct way to minimize travel. Individuals who are reconsidering attending upcoming conferences can still benefit from the valuable content of the event such as keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, live performances, and much more from the comfort of their home or office. Companies can keep their employees safer, reducing the risk of exposing them to conditions in which the coronavirus may be present. Events and conferences can continue to sell tickets increasing the brand exposure for sponsors and exhibitors, with the event reach expanded to a global audience. Virtual events help event organizers from canceling their conference altogether.

While we hope for a solution to the coronavirus outbreak, ViewStub is here to help events during this crisis.

Reach out to us today and schedule a free demo so you can learn more about ViewStub's event technology solutions.