CEA has announced a change in the dates for the 2001 International CES to help exhibitors avoid overtime booth construction and decorating expenses. The show will now run Saturday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 9 in Las Vegas, versus the previously announced Sunday, January 7 through Wednesday, January 10 schedule.
The new dates will enable the show to avoid overtime charges, which were estimated as high as $2.6 million, CEA said. "Many exhibitors can't start setting up their booths before January 1. If we moved the show to our normal Thursday start date, the 2001 CES would open on January 4. By starting on Saturday, January 6, we allow our exhibitors two additional days to set up their booths while eliminating overtime costs."
CEA points out that while CES has opened on Thursday the past few years, many show veterans know that Thursday has not always been opening day in the 34 year history of the show. When CES first began in 1967 it opened on a Monday. Then in the '70s, CES moved to weekend opening days and then floated between Sunday and Saturday for most of the '70s, '80s and even into the early '90s.
Throughout that time CES attendance has continued to grow, reaching a record-setting 126,818 at the 2000 International CES.