CES 2014 Attendance Tops 150,000
The Consumer Electronics Association announced 2014 International CES was the largest in show history, with a record two million net square feet of exhibit space housing more than 3,200 exhibitors.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced 2014 International CES was the largest in show history, with a record two million net square feet of exhibit space housing more than 3,200 exhibitors.
The CEA says more than 150,000 industry professionals attended the show, including more than 35,000 from outside the United States. The CEA will release final 2014 CES numbers upon its independent audit late this spring.
“CES is amazing, magical, hands-on, incredible, innovative and inspiring!,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “This year’s show was an energizing display of where the future is headed, bringing to life cool new products from every industry that touches technology.
“One-third of the world’s population interacted with CES in some way this week as we experienced the future. From curved and flexible Ultra HD TVs and next generation smart phones to drones, robots, sensors, the Internet of Everything, Hi-Res audio, connected cars and 3D printers, it seems like the only thing missing from the 2014 CES was a time-travel machine.”
Attendance at 2013 CES was 152,758, while the 2012 show set the all-time attendance record of 156,153.
CES featured government officials from across the United States and Canada, including three members of the United States House of Representatives, four state elected officials, five members of the Federal Communications Commission, including Chairman Tom Wheeler, and 13 members of the U.S. Department of Commerce, including Secretary Penny Pritzker.
Other representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Aviation Administration were also in attendance. In addition, governments from outside the U.S. sent leaders including the Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy from France and Vice Minister, International Affairs and Communications from Japan. Ambassadors from the Slovak Republic and Poland also attended this year’s CES.
“The International CES is clearly the most relevant innovation and technology show in the world,” says Eric Fitzgerald Reed, vice president, entertainment and policy, Verizon Communications. “The ecosystem of entrepreneurs, Ultra HD television manufacturers, telecommunications networking companies, small businesses and U.S. and international public policy leaders, makes this clearly the preeminent emerging technology show. It captures the spirit of innovation and imagination.”
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