Las Vegas - More than 140,000 industry professionals attended International CES, according to the show's owner and producer, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
The show, which ran here from Jan. 6-9, drew more than 2,700 technology companies across global and set several new records, including 30,000 international attendees and 22 top CEOs participating in keynotes.
CEA also reported that CES attracted more than 80 international delegations. CEA conducts an independent audit of attendance at the International CES, and final verified figures will be available in the spring.
Last Friday night during the annual Leaders In Technology dinner, CEA president/CEO Gary Shapiro began the festivities by announcing that attendance at this week's show for the first two days was 132,191, higher than the 2010 show's first two days of 112,515 and the final 2010 International CES audited attendance of 126,000.
"That's a positive sign for our economy," he told an audience of industry and government luminaries, which was reported by TWICE.com and the Official Daily of International CES, which is produced by the editors of TWICE.
But beyond mere headcounts, the 2011 International CES also exudes "a mood of optimism" and introduced a "tremendous amount of innovation," Shapiro said.
The 2011 CES created a buzz in the social media world, with more than 158,000 CES-related tweets since Monday, Jan. 3, CEA noted.
CES will return to Las Vegas Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, and will end Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.