The Market Research Media published in 2012 their Virtual Conference & Trade Show Market Forecast 2013-2018. The report is available here: http://www.marketresearchmedia.com/?p=421
“The virtual conference and trade show market has more than doubled in a year from 2009 to 2011 and we expect a compound annual growth rate of 56% through 2018. Virtual conference technology is in its infancy today, with a few proprietary software platforms mostly targeting corporate event market.
What’s going to happen in the virtual conference & trade show market in the next years?
We’ll see explosive growth in all market segments:
Virtual Conference & Trade Show Software New License Revenue,
Virtual Conference & Trade Show Organizers Revenue (Registration Fee, Sponsorship, Virtual Space Renting, Advertising),
Media Preparation Services,
The traditional conference and trade show market will slow move the way of virtual events, and will continue to adopt virtual technology to either replace physical events where attendance is lagging or complement physical events. It is just a matter of time before the virtual events world and the trade show world merge to create the next generation of events – a hybrid of the old and the new.”