Official CES Attendance Revised Downward
CES attendance was down a bit more than expected, according to figures released on the last day of the show by the Consumer Electronics Association. 2008 attendance had been 147,000. Estimated attendance for 2009 had been 131,000. But in its press release, CEA has revised those numbers downward to 110,000.
As the audio editor of Home Theater, I found my glass nearly as full as usual. True, the South Hall had fewer audio exhibits than usual. I hoovered them up in a few hours, a process that would normally take a full day. But the growth of exhibits at the Venetian made up for most of it, occupying the better part of two days, so I was quite busy, as you can see below. I consider this show a success for my category.
And a trade show that attracts more than a hundred thousand people has to be considered a success by any standard. CES 2009 boasted 20,000 products spread across 1.7 million square feet and it kept our staff of bloggers hopping around the clock!