CES Attendance Up, But Still Down

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The Consumer Electronics Show was even bigger than the Consumer Electronics Association said it was, but that was still down considerably from the year before.

An independent audit conducted by Veris Consulting for CEA put attendance at 113,085 for the 2009 CES, topping the 110,000 estimate released on-site at the January convention. Attendance for the 2008 CES convention was 141,150, according to CEA.

"This audit report confirms that the 2009 International CES succeeded, despite an economic downturn, in attracting top executives, retail buyers, content providers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials and media from around the globe," said CEA President Gary Shapiro in announcing the audit results.

The audit was not in response to any question about the on-site figure, but has become a regular follow-up procedure for CEA, according to spokeswoman Tara Dunion.

Prior to the 2009 show, CEA officials had said preregistration figures indicated attendance would be approximately 130,000, according to Tradeshow Week.

The report confirms CES as the world's largest consumer technology trade show and North America's largest trade show of any kind, according to CEA.

The 2010 International CES is scheduled for Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.

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