The Impact of Coronavirus on Global Events

Mar 4, 2020 3:21:15 PM Julia Sousa Tips for Event Planners, Strategy

With many global events being canceled due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, event managers are looking for solutions like Attendease as an alternative to bring in-person events online

The World Health Organization have declared the novel Coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency, and the fear of spreading the COVID-19 is presenting businesses in the events and travel industries with an unprecedented global challenge. Governments are imposing event bans and new regulations to ensure safety, airlines are cutting down the number of flights to and from Asia, and companies are restricting employee travel in an effort to protect their welfare. 

“The current business environment is uncertain, with COVID-19 causing concerns with day-to-day business operations running as usual,” Attendease CEO Todd Heintz said, “With this uncertainty, the need for staying connected and able to collaborate with others is even more critical, and the Attendease Platform is ideal to enable the event teams from being able to support their events, even as public interactions are temporarily on hold.”

While the number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in North America are much smaller when compared to Europe and Asia, that number keeps growing by the day. To date, according to the Channel News Asia, a transmedia company owned by Mediacorp, there are over 80,000 confirmed cases in China, compared to 91 in the United States. With that, some large scale American-based events have decided to proceed with their agenda and are seeing sponsors dropping and/or a significant number of attendance drop as well. With so much fear and uncertainty around, many event producers are considering alternatives to running in-person events.

Leading collaboration technologies like Attendease, a versatile enterprise event management  platform, can fill that demand. Having an event system in place that allows the flexibility to manage events of all types and sizes can be the solution event managers have been looking for to temporarily migrate live events into online events. 

The core differentiating feature of Attendease is the versatility to empower events of all types and sizes, meaning in times of uncertainty around in-person events, large global organizations can still maintain connections and collaboration for employees and customers through online and private internal events. The Attendease Platform supports both online streaming and recorded sessions, giving attendees from different timezones the opportunity to watch replays at a time that is most convenient to them. The recordings can be available for the public or it can be private with users required to  register in order to watch a session online. One advantage of using such a versatile platform, is that it can provide accurate attendance metrics, incorporate online surveys, and integrate with other corporate systems. 

Are you thinking about bringing your events online? Talk to our team to see how Attendease can help!