It wasn’t your imagination that it was crowded this past January at 2015 International CES. There were long airport lines, the taxi waits were everywhere wrapped and the shuttle buses were not only packed, but they inched along in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
This was all caused by the 176,676 attendees that attended this year’s festivities.
“We are thrilled to have produced such a phenomenal, record setting International CES,” said Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. “Our event offers a one of a kind, ‘can’t miss’ experience that allows our global attendees to see how different technologies from a range of industries impact each other. The International CES remains the single best place to experience the products, services and trends that will be driving the global industry in the months and years to come.”
Even though attendees has to battle the crowds, the extra effort was worth it as lots of business was completed and attendees from all over the world were able to and sometimes touch the latest technological advances and gadgets on display.
For 2016, new policies will be in place to make sure the people that need to be at CES will be the ones at CES.
As CES and the consumer technology industry continue to grow, CEA is establishing procedures to cap attendance at the 2016 International CES at 176,000, or close to a level comparable to the 2015 CES, in an effort to ensure that attendees continue to have a quality experience.
“With the growth of the consumer technology industry and the parallel growth of the International CES comes an increase in the qualified registrant base for our show. While these individuals are qualified industry professionals, we are reaching space capacity and simply can’t accommodate every qualified individual to our show,” said Karen Chupka, CEA senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy. “We take seriously our efforts to make sure CES attendees have a positive experience. Enhanced credentialing procedures will enable us to ensure that qualified attendees can participate in our show and conduct business while providing a high-quality experience for all. These efforts also will allow us to improve some of the logistical and operational challenges that come with producing and attending such a large event.”
Per CEA, here is a breakdown of statistics from the show:
CES reached a record 176,676 industry professionals with 48,833 coming from outside of the U.S. The 2015 CES also set a number of other records, including more than 3,600 exhibitors, more than 2.23 million net square feet of exhibit space, 6,952 media and analyst attendees, 703,602 mentions of #CES2015 during the show with 7.51 billion total potential Twitter impressions, and 153 countries represented. The independent audit, performed by Veris Consulting, LLC, confirms CES’ status as the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The full CES attendance audit summary report will be available online at the end of June.
New policies will be in place for 2016, CEA is aiming to cap 2016 CES attendance at 176,000.
CES remains a trade-only event and is not open to the general public.
Additional details will be found at http://www2.ce.org/e/26962/Register-Plan-Register-Now/43nchn/404678735 when registration opens later this year.