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Tix Corp lays off employees as Las Vegas hit hard by cancellations

Las Vegas ticketing group Tix Corporation has laid off the majority of its employees and suspended sales to shows, attractions and tours due to the coronavirus.

The operator, which provides discount ticketing services for concerts and shows via its Tix4Tonight brand, has closed all nine ticket booths of the business that is geographically concentrated in the Las Vegas, Nevada marketplace, via MGM Resorts and Cirque du Soleil shows.

Due to efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, virtually all Las Vegas entertainment, restaurants, bars, and major hotel properties such as Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International have closed.

Tix Corporation said in a statement: “With the closure of entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip, and therefore the cessation of revenue for our business, we effected a layoff of the majority of our employees, closed our ticket booths, and continue to significantly reduce our operating costs.

“We will continually monitor the Las Vegas marketplace to determine when and if we will be able to commence operations again.”

The ticketing company said it intends to seek available disaster assistance, as well as forms of financing to help with liquidity.

Tix Corp added: “We will be assisting our employees to obtain any federal and state assistance that may be available to them. We are grateful to our staff for their years and decades of dedication and superb talent they have given the company. We wish them well during this very difficult period.”

The city’s NHL ice hockey franchise the Vegas Golden Knights has also been affected by the virus, and has announced that it will not be charging season ticket holders for the month of March due to the outbreak.

The National Hockey League (NHL) has suspended its season following the news last week that an NBA player had tested positive for Coronavirus. A number of NHL teams share arenas with NBA outfits, with League commissioner Gary Bettman citing this as a reason for the “pause” to the season.

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