etc.venues launches VR tour of its County Hall site

Conference venue provider etc.venues has launched virtual reality (VR) tours, designed to show clients around new venues, including before they’re built.

Through the use of new VR via headsets, etc.venues is able to show visitors ‘around’ its latest event space in London’s County Hall. The technology has enabled the team to create a fresh and engaging story-telling experience.

Margaretha Welsford, director of sales at etc.venues, said: “Although walking around a construction site and looking at CGI images can help build an impression of what kind of space is being created, we’ve found that VR technology provides a much clearer interpretation of the end product.”

She described the new technology as “a massive draw at both the Venues & Events Show in London and at the IACC Europe Knowledge Festival in the Netherlands” recently. “Through the use of the headsets, clients experienced the venue without leaving their seats,” she said.

The new etc.venues VR tour transports clients through the County Hall venue, showing the restored original parquet flooring, exposed brick work and the view of Big Ben from the Thames Suite window.

Clients can visit on their smartphones, click on the headset symbol and are transported via a headset into the venue.

Clients attending onsite tours will be offered an opportunity to experience the space using VR headsets, which they will be given to take away.

Opening in January 2017, the 13,106sqm event space at County Hall is layed out over a single floor. There are 20 meeting rooms, the largest able to hold 400 delegates. The Thames and County Suites can host event groups up to 900.

County Hall will be etc.venues 15th venue opening.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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