CES Attendance Down 23 Percent
International CES drew around 110,000 participants, a nearly 25 percent drop that nonetheless probably maintains CES' status as the #1 trade show in the U.S.
According to numbers released by the Consumer Electronics Association, CES drew 2,700 companies- among them 300 new exhibitors- showing off more than 20,000 new products. The attendance figure is preliminary and will be verified in around 90 days, CEA said; the 2008 event drew around 140,000.
“Despite a subdued economy, excitement exuded from the International CES show floor, with the sheer volume of innovative products, the quantity of senior level executives from the consumer technology and related industries, the international participation from companies and government officials and the partnerships and deals at the show,” President and CEO Gary Shapiro said as part of the announcement.