Go LIVE Together Coalition Aims to Protect the Trade Show and Live Events Industry
The coalition brings together live events industry leaders to urge local, state, and federal legislators to consider measures for support and recovery
April 30, 2020 – Walters Wedding Estates announced their support as a founding partner for Go LIVE Together, a coalition of 80 founding partners—representing over 4,000 companies with U.S. operations—who have joined forces to support legislative actions that will aid the industry’s recovery from COVID-19. The coalition is bound together by the belief that nothing in the world will ever replace the power and need for trade shows and live events.
Walters Wedding Estates has been servicing couples for 14 years and hope to be around to service them for many, many more. Once engaged, a venue is usually the first big item to cross off of a couple’s list and Walters is honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of so many couples’ special days. Ensuring that the Walters venues, as well as all other venues and vendors in the industry, recover from the effects of COVID-19 is critical so that everyone can provide support for not only current clients or recently postponed events but also for all future events. Although COVID-19 has not been an exceptional experience for anyone, Walters Wedding Estates still plans to keep their promise of creating an exceptional experience and life-long memories with Walters Wedding Estates.
Events serve as a massive incubator for innovation and economic growth. Advocating for recovery funding will be essential – not only to the events industry – but to the healing and recovery efforts of the global economy, because:
- Live events contribute nearly $1 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, with events touching every major sector that makes up the U.S. GDP.
- In 2019, the events industry employed 3 million workers directly, with a total impact of close to 7 million jobs.
- The live events industry employs millions of union workers, general laborers, strategists, marketers, concession stand workers, entertainers, riggers, project managers, and more.
- Over 80 percent of the companies that serve the live events industry are small, with many being women and minority-owned businesses.
Please join our efforts in advocating for what we all already know to be true — nothing in the world will ever replace the power and the need for live events.
Let’s Go LIVE Together! #GoLiveTogether
Visit www.golivetogether.com to learn more information.
About Go LIVE Together
Go LIVE Together, in partnership with Freeman, the global live events company, comprises a coalition of 80 founding partners representing over 4,000 companies with operations in the U.S. and 112 other countries. The coalition has assembled to ensure that, when the health crisis is over, the voices and concerns of the live events industry are addressed in local, state, and federal recovery funding related to COVID-19. The live events industry is a diverse, valuable, and vibrant ecosystem that contributes nearly $1 trillion to the U.S. economy and employs millions of workers. Visit golivetogether.com to learn more and support this initiative. Engage with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn using #GoLiveTogether.
About Walters Wedding Estates
Walters Wedding Estates is a family-owned business that is nationally recognized by The Knot and WeddingWire as several of the top venues in America. They own and operate over 22 Reception Halls in Dallas/Fort Worth and the Austin/San Antonio Hill Country. Known as a wedding industry leader, their venues have been featured on EquallyWed, Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grey Likes Weddings, MunaLuchi Bride, Tacari Weddings and more. In regards to COVID-19, to this date, Walters has successfully rescheduled over 425 weddings and cannot wait to get back to hosting incredible events with their clients. During this difficult season which is affecting the whole world right now, please know that it is still Walters Wedding Estates promise to celebrate your special events.
Keith and Sarah Walters
Presidents, Walters Wedding Estates