100K CES attendees are anticipated to visit Las Vegas next week
The 2023 Consumer Electronics Show ought to look like it did prior to the pandemic.
As attendance dropped and the omicron variant increased, CES 2022 ended with many empty hallways. Altogether, around 40,000 individuals joined in, which was under a fourth of the in excess of 170,000 in Las Vegas for its 2020 show.
However, according to the organizers, the event will attract over 3,000 exhibitors and an estimated 100,000 attendees from 159 nations next week. Compared to CES 2022, the show floor will be 70% larger.
At CES 2023, there will be no COVID vaccine or masking requirements.
However, attendees from China, Hong Kong, and Macau will be required to provide evidence of a negative test, the show announced on Thursday. The change is in line with the new requirement that China-bound travelers must meet in the United States.
Attendance may be affected if travel issues occur during the holiday.
According to the event’s organizers, approximately one third of attendees typically come from outside the country.
“They’re anticipating over 300 flights added into Las Vegas for the week of CES to accommodate where everyone is traveling in from, including 7 different countries and Paris for the first time will have flights coming in specifically for CES,” Senior VP communications for the LVCVA Lori Nelson-Kraft said.
The Las Vegas Convention Center will host 54 shows in 2023, according to the LVCVA.
“The economic boom when we host major meetings and conventions is really a huge multiplier for all of southern Nevada,” Nelson-Kraft said. “Every venue will be filled with CES attendees throughout the week.”
The show starts on January 5, 2023, and runs all weekend.