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CES global technology exhibition attracts 15,000 registrations since Omicron

FILE PHOTO: Attendees make their way to the trade show floor as it opens at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2020 in Las Vegas
Attendees make their way to the trade show floor as it opens at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 7, 2020. REUTERS / Steve Marcus / File Photo

December 10, 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) – About 15,000 people have signed up in person to attend the global tech show CES in the past 10 days, organizers said on Friday, in a sign of momentum for live events. despite global concern about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

In total, “tens of thousands” of people have signed up for the show so far, the organizer said, without giving a specific number.

The Omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa and Hong Kong last month, sparking global fears of a new version of the rapidly spreading virus and dampening prospects that an increase in travel Recent calendars will continue.

More than 1,900 companies have pledged to attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, half of pre-pandemic levels.

Major players such as Sony Electronics and industry executives including General Motors Co CEO Mary Barra plan to travel to Las Vegas, though a number of companies including Nvidia Corp have already boarded plan for a virtual presence for a while.

“We’re not fantasizing: the show will be smaller this year,” said Jean Foster, senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes CES. “It allows us to widen our aisles and regulate social distancing.”

She said that interest in in-person attendance remains “flatulent ahead.”

All attendees will be required to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations for the show, which will be open January 5-8.

(Reporting by Danielle Kaye in New York and Jane Lanhee Lee in Oakland, California; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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