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CES Attendance Up 12% in '10, Says Indie Audit

5/11/2010 11:38:10 AM Eastern

Arlington, Va. -The
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), producer of the International CES,
reported that the audited attendance for the 2010 event in Las Vegas this
January was 126,641, a 12 percent increase from 2009.

An independent
audit of the 2010 International CES, performed by Veris Consulting, confirms
CES's status as the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow and North
America's largest annual tradeshow of any kind.
Last year's show
drew 113,085.

Veris is certified
by the Exhibition and Event Industry Audit Commission (EEIAC) to perform
audits. As part of the Veris audit, each CES attendee is counted only once, and
show size is calculated using only exhibit space actually sold, not hallways or
bartered space.

"The CES was
overflowing with innovative new products, and this audit proves that the 2010
International CES successfully attracted  top executives, retail buyers,
content providers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, engineers,
government officials and media from every corner of the world," said Gary
Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. "CES is also a must-attend global event as
evidenced by our more than 24,000 international attendees."

At CES this year
2,500 global companies, including a record 330 first-time exhibitors, unveiled
an estimated 20,000 new technology products across 1.4 million net square feet of
exhibit space, CEA said. Also, 24,364 international attendees from 136
countries helped increase global attendance at CES by more than eight percent
over last year. The top 10 countries represented at CES were Canada, Korea,
China, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, Taiwan, France, Brazil and Germany.

Senior-level
executives and business decision makers continue to conduct business at CES.
According to the Veris audit, 45 percent of all attendees were senior-level
executives, director level and above, on par with last year.

 Presidents, CEOs and/or business owners made
up 20 percent of attendees.  More than one-third of all attendees are the
final decision makers when it comes to new product purchases and partnerships
within their organizations. More than 8,400 attendees represented companies
with more than $500 million in total annual sales, nearly double the previous
year.

The Veris audit
also shows that CES attracts leaders from diverse business areas, including
entertainment, retail, education, engineering and venture capital. More than
12,000 retail buyers, 8,000 manufacturers and 3,000 engineers came to the 2010
CES, along with more than 8,500 attendees from the software
development/publishing, content development and entertainment industries, a 41
percent increase over last year.

Top government
officials also attended the 2010 International CES. Policymakers from the U.S.
House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Department of Commerce, the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Department of Transportation
and the U.S. Department of the Treasury were all present.

Influential media
and analysts attend each CES to report on the cutting-edge technologies and
trends in consumer technology. The 2010 show drew more than 5,000 press,
bloggers, and financial and industry analysts.

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 documentation.

CEA said final
audit numbers may differ from 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 EEIAC and the International
Association of Exhibition and Events (IAEE).

The 2011
International CES is scheduled to run Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas.