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CES breaks record for attendance, plans limit for 2016

The Consumer Electronics Association, owner and producer of the International CES, announced that attendance at the 2015 show in Las Vegas in January reached a record 176,676 industry professionals with 48,833 coming from outside of the United States.

The 2015 CES also set other records, including more than 3,600 exhibitors, more than 2.23 million net square feet of exhibit space, 6,952 media and analyst attendees, 703,602 mentions of #CES2015 during the show with 7.51 billion total potential Twitter impressions, and 153 countries represented.

The independent audit, performed by Veris Consulting LLC, confirms CES’ status as the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The full CES attendance audit summary report will be available online at the end of June.

“We are thrilled to have produced such a phenomenal, record setting International CES,” association CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement. “Our event offers a one of a kind, ‘can’t miss’ experience that allows our global attendees to see how different technologies from a range of industries impact each other. The International CES remains the single best place to experience the products, services and trends that will be driving the global industry in the months and years to come.”

As CES and the consumer technology industry grow, the association is establishing procedures to cap attendance at the 2016 International CES at 176,000, or close to a level comparable to the 2015 CES, to ensure that attendees have a quality experience.

The new procedures include enhanced credentialing as new registrants or previous registrants who did not attend the 2014 or 2015 CES will be subject to tighter qualification criteria.

To qualify, registrants must provide a brief description of their industry affiliation along with links to their company website with an employee roster, a description of their business engagement at CES or a link to a current publication or article the registrant authored or in which they were quoted or cited as an industry professional.

Also, those who attended one of the past two shows will be allowed to register without providing additional industry qualifications, given their loyalty to CES.

CES is closed to the public. A new registration fee structure will include a $100 advanced fee for all registrants beginning July 8 when registration launches. Loyal alumni who attended the 2014 or 2015 CES with a 30-day window of complimentary registration before the $100 fee goes into effect for this audience.

Registration fees will increase to $300 beginning Dec. 21.

For more details on 2016 CES policies and procedures, visit cesweb.org.

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