CES 2022 wrapped up on Friday with 40,000 attendees and 2,300 exhibitors from the Consumer Technology Association to provide a digital experience for attendees who haven’t traveled to Las Vegas due to COVID-19 concerns and the rise of the Omicron variant. That number is a far cry from 2019, when more than 180,000 visitors filled the Las Vegas Convention Center. Friday’s show ended a day earlier than originally planned, as a security measure after several big companies, including Microsoft, Google, AMD and Intel, canceled or changed their in-person plans.
Otherwise, the show was still packed with announcements and announcements, but for many of the major exhibitors, the event was purely virtual: With two weeks leading up to CES 2022, the company announced that his T-Mobile announced the move to virtual-only plans such as . During the suspension, 143 new businesses signed up for the in-person event during the same period, according to the CTA. Mercedes’ unsuccessful Dec. 29 statement echoes the views of many other companies that have run his digital-only CES event.
The CTA also noted that 30% of his show visitors came from 190 countries internationally. CTA previously stated that attendees arriving at his CES from abroad were offered a free PCR test to return home if needed, and all in-person attendees were offered a self-test kit upon receipt of their ID. It was announced that it would. Several attendees in person posted photos of the CES Hall, pointing out the small footprint of the convention center and low attendance.
“As the health and safety of our customers, partners, employees and guests is our top priority, in light of the current situation related to the COVID-19 virus, we are unable to allow Mercedes-Benz AG to participate in CES. We have decided to cancel 2022 after intensive deliberations,” a spokeswoman for the automaker said in a statement.
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