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CES 2016 Broke Attendance Records

It’s official: Attendance at CES 2016 reached a new record, just squeaking by the attendance cap preset by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), producer of the show.

Final, audited numbers for CES 2016 confirmed by Vault Consulting state that 177,393 people attended the Jan. 6-9 show, marking less than 1 percent growth vs. CES 2015. CTA sought to cap attendance around 176,000 and keep it in line with the 176,676 attendance figure of CES 2015.

“Attracting more than 177,000 attendees is quite a remarkable achievement, and our strong international attendance clearly confirms our show’s status as the global technology event” said Karen Chupka, senior VP, CES and corporate business strategy, CTA. “We also are extremely pleased to see that the new enhanced credentialing procedures we implemented for 2016 enabled us to deliver a high-quality audience.”

“As the consumer technology industry has grown and expanded to embrace new market sectors and industries, so too has CES. Participants now include representatives from a growing number of global industries beyond the traditionally defined consumer technology sector,” said Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO. “CES 2016 was a phenomenal event that served as a global epicenter for product launches and business deals.  The audit confirms that CES continues to feature exhibitors who bring the hottest tech trends to market that are changing our world and attracts top media to cover the excitement.”

See also: 5 Things I Learned From Exhibiting At CES 2016 Eureka Park

Other findings:

There was a record international presence, with 158 countries represented via 53,808 international attendees (up 10 percent over last year).

There were 3,886 exhibiting companies across 2,475,646 net square feet of exhibit space.

The show hosted 7,545 media professionals, and CTA said there were more than 930,379 mentions of #CES2016 and @CES on Twitter during the four days of the show.

CES 2017 show will be held Jan. 5-8. Registration opens Sept. 6.