CES Dates Announced

Earlier this year, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) tried something a little different and ran the 2002 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas during the week, starting on a Tuesday, instead of in its normal slot over the weekend. The hope was that the show would not compete with the normally crowded Las Vegas weekends, and offer showgoers more flexibility in finding hotel rooms and taxi cabs.

Scratch that idea. The CEA has decided that you can't mess with tradition, and has reverted to a more familiar calendar, scheduling the 2003 CES to be held Thursday through Sunday, January 9–12. The CEA has also announced that the 2003 CES will again include exhibits at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton, and Alexis Park Hotel.

Attendance at the 2002 CES was estimated at around 110,000 visitors, down a bit from the 127,000 visitors in 2001. The CEA says it expects more than 100,000 "industry professionals, retailers, manufacturers, content providers, government leaders, corporate buyers, financial analysts, and journalists" to attend next year's event.

According to the trade organization, the show will showcase a broad range of consumer technologies including wireless, gaming, digital audio and video (including HDTV), digital imaging, mobile electronics, accessories, CE fashion, consumer technology networking, broadband, content media, new business technology, delivery systems, the Internet, and home networking and information technologies.

Registration for 2003 CES is expected to open this summer. For general information about next year's show, telephone (703) 907-7600, send an email to cesinfo@CE.org, or visit the show Website at www.CESweb.org.