CES Breaks 2 M Net Sq. Ft. Mark

The International CES showfloor grew by as much as 100,000 net square feet while attendance and the number of exhibiting companies remained stable, compared to 2013, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Preliminary figures released by CEA indicate that the giant consumer electronics show sold more than 2 million net square feet, drew a crowd of more than 150,000 attendees—including more than 35,000 from outside the United States—and had more than 3,200 exhibiting companies.

By comparison, the 2013 CES had 1.92 million net sq. ft., 152,759 attendees (including 36,206 international visitors) and 3,282 exhibiting companies, according to an audited report from Veris Consulting.

Audited show statistics for the 2014 show will likely be available in late April or early May. Usually, two out of every three years CES is the largest tradeshow held in the United States in terms of net square footage.

That is typically not the case, however, when the triennialis held, which will be the case March 4-8. The tradeshow for the construction industry, which is also held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues around Las Vegas, has already announced it will have well over 2 million net sq. ft. This should be the first year in history that at least two U.S. tradeshows reported more than 2 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space sold.

CEA officials reported that the show was attended by three members of the U.S. House of Representatives, five members of the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

The show also attracted considerable global media attention with reports of next-generation smartphones, drones, robots and the “Internet of Everything.”

“It seems like the only thing missing from the 2014 CES was a time-travel machine,” CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro told the media.

Verizon Communications Vice President Eric Fitzgerald Reed says in a statement, “The International CES is clearly the most relevant innovation and technology show in the world.”

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Posted by Michael Hart

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