On the eve of CES 2022, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced that the annual trade show, which opens in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, will close one day early.
“The step was taken as an additional safety measure to the current health protocols that have been put in place for CES,” the CTA said in a press release.
The CTA reaffirmed that more than 2,200 exhibitors will be at the show, with an additional 143 companies signing up over the last two weeks.
“Construction of exhibitors’ show floor space is well underway and soon attendees will be able to see and experience the latest tech innovations,” according to the CTA announcement.
“As the world’s most influential technology event, CES is steadfast in its pledge to be the gathering place to showcase products and discuss ideas that will ultimately make our lives better,” Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CTA, said in a statement. “We are shortening the show to three days and have put in place comprehensive health measures for the safety of all attendees and participants.”
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Those that are unable to travel to Las Vegas for CES 2022 can join digitally. Digital registration will grant access to more than 40 live streamed conference sessions, keynotes, select Media Days press conferences and the ability to engage with exhibitors, according to the CTA.
The weeks leading up to CES 2022 have been difficult ones for CTA, as the surge in COVID-19 cases brought on by the fast-spreading new Omicron variant triggered a wave of high-profile exits from the show, including Amazon, Google, Meta (Facebook) and Intel.
Several annual events that have involved the home entertainment industry, including an annual party and awards ceremony presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and streaming trade group OTT.X’s annual breakfast, also are not happening.
In a Dec. 22 press release, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) reiterated its intent to proceed with the show, now scheduled for Jan. 5-7, despite what it said were 42 exhibitor cancellations.
CES went virtual in January 2021, but as a winter COVID-19 surge began to ebb and movie theaters and other businesses began to reopen, the CTA on April 28 announced CES 2022 would once again be held in person in Las Vegas in January 2022.
At the time, CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement, “We’re thrilled to return to Las Vegas — home to CES for more than 40 years — and look forward to seeing many new and returning faces. Hundreds of executives have told us how much they need CES to meet new and existing customers, find partners, reach media and discover innovation.”