Sunday, January 10, 2010

CES 2010 ends on a bright note: Attendance up from last year, not down as expected

The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas drew more than 120,000 industry professionals, the trade show’s producer reported Sunday night.
Attendance was up 6% from the 2009 show, when 113,085 attended. Before the four-day show, which ended today, organizers were expecting 110,000 attendees, or a decrease of 2.7%.
The 2010 attendance estimate is based on preliminary registration figures, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, producer of the CES. More than 5,000 reporters, analysts and bloggers attended this year’s show, the CEA said.
Final verified attendance figures will be released in the spring after an independent audit.
So the final numbers could change, especially if they counted pop music diva Lady Gaga multiple times by mistake. Lady Gaga was everywhere at the show. She launched her own line of headphones with Monster and was tapped to be creative director at instant-photography company Polaroid.

Photo: Lady Gaga speaks at the Polaroid press conference at CES 2010. Photo by CEA.

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