Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA),
producer of the International CES, reported that the audited attendance for the
2011 event reported an increase in overall and international attendance gains
compared with 2010.
Overall audited attendance was 149,529 during its January
6-9, 2011 run, up from last year's 126,641 audited attendance.
International attendance was 31,677, up 30 percent from last
year, CEA reported.
"An independent audit, performed by Veris Consulting,
confirms CES' status as the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow and
North America's largest annual tradeshow of any kind," CEA said in a release.
Veris is certified by
the Exhibition and Event Industry Audit Commission (EEIAC) to perform audits.
Veris Consulting provides an independent, third-party verification of
International CES attendance, demographics, records and record-keeping systems.
As part of the Veris audit, each CES attendee is counted
only once, and show size is calculated using only exhibit space sold, not
hallways or bartered space. An independent audit is required to be certified by
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and the International
CES is believed to be the only UFI approved event in its category.
"The 2011 International CES was the must-attend event of
2011 and featured astounding innovative debuts including Android Honeycomb,
Ford's Electric Focus, Motorola's Atrix and Microsoft's Avatar Kinect," said
Gary Shapiro, president/CEO, Consumer Electronics Association. "This audit
verifies that CES brings together the global technology industry, including
Fortune 500 executives, retail buyers, content providers, entertainment
executives, venture capitalists, engineers and media from all over the world
who want to experience the latest and greatest tech products."
Technology innovation spanned more than 1.6 million net
square feet of exhibit space, as an estimated 20,000 new products were launched
by more than 2,700 exhibiting companies at the 2011 CES. International attendees
represented 140 countries.
Aside from the U.S., the top 10 countries represented in
terms of attendees were: Canada, South Korea, Japan, China, United Kingdom,
Mexico, Taiwan, France, Germany and Brazil.
More than 40,000 top decision makers and senior level
executives attend the International CES. The Veris audit confirms that 43
percent of 2011 CES attendees are senior level executives, on par with last
year. Presidents, CEOs and/or business owners made up 16 percent of attendees,
Nearly one-third of all attendees are the final decision
makers when it comes to new product purchases and partnerships with new
companies, with 97 percent identified as having buying decision influence. More
than 11,500 attendees represented companies with more than $500 million in
total annual sales, up 37 percent over 2010 CES.
According to the Veris audit more than 12,000 retail buying
organizations, 6,500 manufacturers and 3,500 engineering companies came to the
2011 CES. Additionally, more than 9,500 attendees from the content development
and entertainment industry came to CES' inaugural year of the Entertainment
Matters program, providing entertainment executives the chance to experience
the products and technologies that deliver their entertainment to the consumer.
Top government officials attended the 2011 International
CES. One hundred government leaders from the U.S. Cabinet, U.S. Senate and
House of Representatives, Federal Communications Commission, National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Science and Technology Policy,
Executive Office of the President, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department
of Transportation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the
Treasury, Office of the United States Trade Representative, U.S. International
Trade Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency attend CES to learn
where technology is heading.
And the 2011 CES drew more than 5,000 press and industry
The CES audit provides absolute verification of exhibition
records, including direct on-site observation, examination of registration
systems and testing of attendee records. Post-show analysis included direct
confirmation sampling, reconciliation of attendance lists, elimination of
duplicate names and verification of demographic data with the source of
Final audit numbers may differ from preliminary estimates
given on-site due to additional badge pick-ups and badge reader reports. This
audit complies with the industry standards for audits adopted by both the
Exhibition and Event Industry Audit Commission (EEIAC) and the International
Association of Exhibition and Events (IAEE).
For full audit results, please visit www.CESweb.org/exhibitors. The 2012
International CES is scheduled for January 10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.