CES 2022 closes its hybrid show, touting 40K attendees despite many going digital

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CES 2022 took place in Las Vegas as both a digital event and in-person

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CES 2022 The Consumer Technology Association wrapped up Friday with 40,000 attendees and 2,300 exhibitors, as well as offering a digital experience for attendees who did not attend amid the spike in COVID-19 concerns and the Omron edition. the numbers are far from 2019, in which the upward trend 180,000 attendees fill the Las Vegas Convention Center, Friday’s conclusion of the show comes a day ahead of what was originally scheduled, implemented as a safety measure after several big companies such as Microsoft, Google, AMD and Intel canceled or modified their individual plans.

The CTA also stated that 30% of the show’s attendees traveled internationally from 190 countries. The CTA had previously announced that people traveling internationally to attend CES would receive complimentary PCR testing as needed to return home, and all in-person attendees would receive self-testing kits upon badge pickup.

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Several in-person attendees noted the small footprint and attendance numbers at the convention center, posting photos of CES halls that were typically filled with more attendees and exhibitors:

the show was otherwise still full of announcements and revealingThe event was completely virtual, only for several major exhibitors. In the two weeks leading up to CES 2022, the companies announced their pivot to virtual-only plans, starting with T-Mobile. Amid the dropouts, the CTA said that 143 new companies have signed up to participate in the in-person event over the same period.

A statement from Mercedes, which went out on December 29, echoes the views of several other companies that are now holding exclusively digital CES events.

“As the health and safety of our customers, partners, employees and guests is our top priority. Given the current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to cancel Mercedes-Benz AG’s participation at CES 2022 . , after thorough consultation,” a spokesperson for the carmaker shared via email on December 29.

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