CES 2022 Turnout Falls More Than 75 Percent Due to COVID

Attendance at this week’s CES gadget present in Las Vegas fell greater than 75 p.c in contrast to its earlier in-person occasion two years in the past, its organiser mentioned Friday.

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The Consumer Technology Association mentioned on the present’s closing day that greater than 40,000 individuals attended the multi-day occasion on the Las Vegas Strip. That’s lower than 1 / 4 of the greater than 170,000 the CTA mentioned have been there for its 2020 conference.

The COVID-19 pandemic led the CTA to take 2021’s convention online, however the commerce group determined eight months in the past to carry a bodily CES 2022 again to Vegas. That proved difficult amid a world spike in infections attributable to the fast-moving omicron coronavirus variant that emerged late final yr.

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Conference attendees have been required to put on masks on the exhibition flooring that opened Wednesday and present proof of vaccination earlier than they arrived. But the rise in COVID-19 circumstances led a lot of large tech firms to pull out of the convention within the weeks earlier than the occasion.

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