In-person Consumer Electronics Show 2022 despite Omicron fears attracts 15,000 registrations

About 15,000 people have registered to attend the CES Global Tech Show in person over the past 10 days, the organizer said on Friday, signaling momentum for in-person events amid global fears over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. .

In total, “tens of thousands” of people have registered for the show so far, said the organizer, without citing a specific figure.

The Omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa and Hong Kong last month, raising global concerns about a new, rapidly spreading version of the virus and reducing the prospects for a continuation of the recent increase in travel.

More than 1,900 companies have pledged to attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, about half the level before the pandemic.

Big companies like Sony and industry executives including General Motors CEO Mary Barra are planning to visit Las Vegas, although some, including Nvidia, have been planning a largely virtual presence for some time.

“We’re not unrealistic: the show is going to be smaller this year,” said Jean Foster, senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Consumer Technology Association, the group behind CES. “It allows us to widen the aisles and accommodate social distancing.”

She said interest in attending in person was still “full steam ahead”.

All attendees will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for the show, which is open January 5-8.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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