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Virtual Events Industry Market

Virtual Events Industry Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report, by Type, by Source, by Age group, by Platform : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2024-2035

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Author's: Rupesh Dixit | Roshan Deshmukh
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Virtual Events Industry Market Research, 2035

The global virtual events industry market was valued at $392.10 billion in 2023, and is estimated to reach $1,388.4 billion by 2035, growing at a CAGR of 11.2% from 2024 to 2035. The virtual events industry is the sector dedicated to hosting and facilitating events online, from conferences and trade shows to webinars and virtual meetings. It leverages digital platforms and technologies to replicate the experience of in-person gatherings in a virtual environment. Advantages include accessibility to a global audience, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility in scheduling. Key components often include live streaming, interactive features such as chat and polls, and virtual networking opportunities. With the rise of remote work and advancements in technology, the virtual event industry has seen significant growth, offering innovative solutions for connecting people and organizations globally.

Virtual Events Industry Market

Key Takeaways

  • Based on type, conference segment held the major share of the market.
  • Based on source, sponsership segment held the major share of the market.
  • Based on age group, 21 to 40 years segment held the major share of the market.
  • Based on platform, web based software segment held the major share of the market.
  • Based on Region, North America held the major share of the market. 

Market Dynamics

The significant growth witnessed in the sports, gaming, and entertainment sectors over the past decade has fueled the demand for virtual events. These industries increasingly leverage virtual platforms to host tournaments, concerts, gaming competitions, and live streaming events, attracting a global audience. Virtual events provide immersive experiences, interactivity, and accessibility, catering to the preferences of modern audiences. As a result, the expanding popularity and profitability of these sectors have contributed to the surge the virtual events industry market demand.

Technological advancements play a major role in driving the market demand for the virtual event industry. With continuous innovations in virtual events platforms, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) technologies, the immersive experience is enhanced, offering features that closely replicate physical events. These technological advancements through AR and VR attract a wider audience, which also helps organizers to deliver engaging and interactive experiences. Moreover, improvements in streaming technologies and internet infrastructure ensure seamless connectivity, allowing participants from diverse locations to join effortlessly. As a result, technological progressions are driving the growing popularity and virtual events industry market growth.

The low operational costs associated with organizing virtual events significantly boost market demand for the industry. Compared to physical events, virtual events eliminate expenses such as venue rental, travel, accommodation, and catering. This cost-effectiveness appeals to both event organizers and participants, allowing for more accessible and affordable event attendance. Organizers can allocate resources more efficiently, invest in enhancing virtual experiences, and offer competitive pricing. As a result, the lower financial barriers attract a broader range of organizations and individuals to host and participate in virtual events, driving the virtual events industry market share.

The rise in sponsorship for virtual events significantly boosts market demand in the virtual event industry as sponsors recognize the potential of virtual events to reach a diverse and engaged audience globally. Compared to traditional events, virtual platforms offer more extensive branding opportunities, data-driven targeting, and measurable ROI. As sponsorship investment increases, organizers can enhance event quality, offer more compelling content, and improve engagement features. This influx of support drives revenue growth for organizers and also elevates the overall appeal and value proposition of virtual events, attracting more participants and driving market demand.

The rise of work-from-home policies accelerates the demand for the virtual event industry as organizations seek efficient ways to connect remote teams, clients, and stakeholders. Virtual events offer a convenient and cost-effective solution for hosting meetings, conferences, and training sessions without the need for physical presence. With the flexibility to join from anywhere, employees can participate in professional development opportunities and collaborate effectively, fostering productivity and engagement. This increased reliance on remote communication drives the adoption of virtual event platforms, contributing to the growth of the Virtual events industry market size.

Segmental Overview

The virtual events market is segmented on the basis of type, source, age group, platform, and region. By type, the market is divided into webinar, virtual expo fairs & festivals, entertainment, conference, and others. By source, it is categorized into ticket sale, sponsorship, and others. By age group, the market is classified into below 20 years, 21 to 40 years, and above 40 years. By platform, the market is divided into web-based platform and XR platform. Region- wise, the market is analyzed across North America (the U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, and rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, and rest of Latin America), and Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE, and Rest of Middle East & Africa)

By Type

Based on type, the conference segment held the highest market share in 2023, accounting for more the one-third of the global virtual event industry market revenue and is estimated to maintain its leadership status throughout the forecast period. Virtual conference trends in the virtual event market include increased adoption of hybrid formats, enhanced interactive features, AI-driven networking, personalized content, and integration with virtual reality technologies. However, the entertainment segment is projected to manifest the highest CAGR of 11.8% from 2024 to 2035 in virtual events industry market forecast. In the virtual event market, entertainment trends include virtual concerts, live streaming of performances, interactive gaming experiences, immersive virtual reality events, and virtual celebrity meet-and-greets.

Virtual Events Industry Market by Type

By Source

Based on source, the sponsorship segment held the highest market share in 2023, accounting for more than half of the global virtual event industry market revenue and is estimated to maintain its leadership status throughout the forecast period. Virtual event market sponsorship trends are shifting towards personalized experiences, data-driven insights, and hybrid event models, offering sponsors enhanced brand visibility, targeted audience engagement, and measurable ROI. However, the ticket sale segment is projected to manifest the highest CAGR of 11.5% from 2024 to 2035. Ticket sale trends in the virtual event market are showing a steady rise, with increasing reliance on online platforms for ticket purchases, offering convenience and accessibility to global audiences.

Virtual Events Industry Market by Source

By Age Group

Based on age group, the 21 to 40 years segment held the highest market share in 2023, accounting for more than two-fifth of the global virtual event industry market revenue, and is estimated to maintain its leadership status throughout the forecast period. In the 21 to 40 age group, trends in the virtual event market show a preference for interactive and immersive experiences, increased networking opportunities, and seamless integration with social media platforms. However, the below 20 years segment is projected to manifest the highest CAGR of 12.1% from 2024 to 2035. Virtual event market trends among those below 20 years reflect a preference for interactive experiences, gamification, and social networking features, driving demand for engaging and immersive virtual event platforms.

Virtual Events Industry Market by Age group

By Platform

Based on platform, the web based software segment held the highest market share in 2023, accounting for more than half of the global virtual event industry market revenue, and is estimated to maintain its leadership status throughout the forecast period. Web-based software trends in the virtual event market include enhanced interactivity, customizable branding, seamless integration with other tools, advanced analytics, and support for hybrid event formats. However, the below XR platforms segment is projected to manifest the highest CAGR of 12.7% from 2024 to 2035. XR platforms, incorporating augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), are trending in the virtual event market. They offer immersive experiences, enhancing engagement and interactivity for attendees.

Virtual Events Industry Market by Platform

By Region

Based on region, North America held the highest market share in terms of revenue in 2022, accounting for near by one-third of the global virtual event industry market revenue in this region. In North America, key trends in the virtual event market include the rapid adoption of hybrid event formats, increasing demand for immersive experiences, and investments in advanced virtual event technology. However, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the fastest CAGR of 12.2% from 2023 to 2032. In the Asia-Pacific region, virtual event market trends include rapid digitalization, increasing internet penetration, growing demand for immersive experiences, and adoption of hybrid event formats.

Virtual Events Industry Market by Region

Competition Analysis

The players in the virtual events industry market have adopted various key development strategies to increase profitability and improve their position in the market. Some of the key players profiled in the report include London Filmed, American Program Bureau, INC., Pace Digital, Revolution CMES, Showcase Events, Target Exhibitions, TCJ Management Co. Ltd, The Collaborative Exchange, Vietapps Co., Ltd., and Morph Digital Solutions Private Limited.

Recent Developments in the Virtual Events Industry Market

  • In 2023, Zoom Communications, Inc., the video conferencing platform, introduced 'Production Studio' for Zoom events and sessions. This feature enables event professionals to craft virtual event design elements effortlessly, enhancing the professionalism and engagement of virtual events.
  • In 2023, Vosmos, a technology startup, introduced VOSMOS.Events, a platform enabling user-generated virtual events. With subscription-based access, users can organize secure and dynamic virtual events of any scale, from 100 to over 100,000 participants, empowering individuals and organizations to connect seamlessly.
  • In 2023, Cvent Inc. unveiled the Cvent Events+ solution during Cvent CONNECT. This innovation offers a branded event hub accessible at all times, promoting upcoming webinars and events while featuring video content from past events, enhancing attendee engagement.
  • In 2022, OnePlus Technology Co., Ltd., a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, held a virtual product launch event to unveil its OnePlus 9RT smartphone, showcasing the company's latest innovation to a global audience.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the virtual events industry market analysis from 2023 to 2035 to identify the prevailing virtual events industry market opportunities.
  • The virtual events industry market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the virtual events industry market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market and virtual events industry market statistics.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players of virtual events industry market.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global virtual events industry market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Virtual Events Industry Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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Market Size By 2035

USD 1.4 trillion

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 11.2%

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Forecast period

2023 - 2035

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Report Pages

300

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By Type
  • Webinar
  • Virtual expo fairs and festivals
  • Entertainment
  • Conference
  • Others
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By Source
  • Ticket Sale
  • Sponsorship
  • Others
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By Age group
  • Below 20 years
  • 21 to 40 years
  • Above 40 years
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By Platform
  • Web based software
  • XR Platform
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canda, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Latin America  (Brazil, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Middle East and Africa  (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE, Rest of Middle East And Africa)
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Key Market Players

AMERICAN PROGRAM BUREAU, INC., TCJ MANAGEMENT CO. LTD, VIETAPPS CO., LTD., THE COLLABORATIVE EXCHANGE, TARGET EXHIBITIONS, PACE DIGITAL, SHOWCASE EVENTS, MORPH DIGITAL SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED, REVOLUTION CMES, LONDON FILMED

Analyst Review

According to CXOs, there is robust growth in the virtual event market, fueled by several factors, including technological advancements, particularly in streaming, augmented reality, and networking platforms, that are enhancing the virtual event experience. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of virtual events, driving innovation and expanding market opportunities. Additionally, increasing globalization, cost-effectiveness, and environmental concerns are favoring virtual events over traditional in-person gatherings. Furthermore, the rise of hybrid event models combining virtual and physical elements is reshaping the industry landscape. Amidst these dynamics, opportunities abound for companies offering virtual event solutions to capitalize on the growing demand for immersive, engaging, and scalable event experiences tailored to diverse audience needs and preferences.

Author Name(s) : Rupesh Dixit | Roshan Deshmukh
Frequently Asked Questions?

Increase in globalization of businesses are the upcoming trends of Virtual Events Industry Market in the world

Web based software is the leading platform of Virtual Events Industry Market

North America is the largest regional market for Virtual Events Industry

The global virtual events industry market was valued at $392.1 billion in 2023, and is projected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2035, growing at a CAGR of 11.2% from 2024 to 2035.

Some of the key players profiled in the report include London Filmed, American Program Bureau, INC., Pace Digital, Revolution CMES, Showcase Events, Target Exhibitions, TCJ Management Co. Ltd, The Collaborative Exchange, Vietapps Co., Ltd., and Morph Digital Solutions Private Limited.

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Virtual Events Industry Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2024-2035