The CES gadget show voter turnout fell by more than 70% thanks to COVID


At the CES Gadget Show in Las Vegas, attendance dropped by more than 70% compared to its previous personal event two years ago, its organizers said Saturday.

The Consumer Technology Association said more than 45,000 people participated in the multi-day event on the Las Vegas Strip that ended on Friday. More than 170,000 people attended the 2020 convention. The latest numbers update the figures released by the CTA Friday, which showed that 2022 attendance was over 40,000.

BMW iX Flow with color-changing material will be on display at CES 2022 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on January 6, 2022. LOVEBYLIFE / Steve Marcus (Photos by LOVEBYLIFE / Steve Marcus / lbl)

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the CTA to take the 2021 conference online, but the business group decided to bring physical CES 2022 to Vegas eight months ago. Amid the global spike in infections caused by the fast-moving omicron coronavirus mutation that emerged late last year, it remains challenging.

Conference attendees were required to wear masks on display floors that opened Wednesday and show proof of vaccination before they arrived. But the rise in COVID-19 cases caused many large tech companies to drop out of the conference in the weeks leading up to the event.

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