Voter turnout at CES 2022 drops by more than 75 percent due to COVID


The attendance at this week’s CES gadget show in Las Vegas fell by more than 75 percent compared to their previous personal event two years ago, the organizer said on Friday.

The Consumer Technology Association announced on the final day of the show that more than 40,000 people attended the multi-day event on the Las Vegas Strip. That’s less than a quarter of the 170,000+ who attended the 2020 convention, according to the CTA.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the CTA to bring the 2021 conference online, but the trading group decided eight months ago to bring a physical CES back to Vegas in 2022. This proved challenging in the face of a global surge in infections caused by the fast-moving variant of Omicron coronavirus that emerged late last year.

Conference attendees were required to wear masks on the exhibition space that opened on Wednesday and provide proof of vaccination prior to their arrival. However, the surge in COVID-19 cases resulted in a number of large tech companies pulling out of the conference in the weeks leading up to the event.

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