Coronavirus & Meetings: the Rise of Virtual Site Inspections During Lockdown
The COVID-19 lockdown has caused a significant amount of strain on the travel and events industry. According to US travel association: “The week ending April 11, the travel economy fell 87% below last year’s levels”. For the next few months, all large-scale global events have been cancelled, moved, or shifted to virtual meetings. As such, there is not much happening at venues during the upcoming months. The earliest we are expecting events to go live again is September this year, and that’s where MICE professionals are focusing their efforts now. Because site visits have always been a key component to event bookings, we are seeing a huge increase in properties adopting virtual site visits to win RFPs.