Gary Shapiro: Nearly 150,000 people likely to attend 2016 CES

Gary Shapiro: Nearly 150,000 people likely to attend 2016 CES

With the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) scheduled to kick off in Las Vegas next week, Gary Shapiro – the CEO of the show’s organizer Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – has revealed that nearly 150,000 people will attend the CES event this year.

The 2016 CES tech trade show will be the 48th annual CES event, at which more than 3,000 exhibitors -- with nearly 900 companies with ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) devices -- will showcase latest new gadgets, hardware and technology, across the more than 2.4 million square feet of show space.

Some of the most noteworthy gadgets which are expected to be showcased at the 2016 CES trade show include stunning ultra-HD TVs, virtual reality (VR) headsets, Internet-connected homes and appliances, drones, and self-driving cars, among hordes of others.

The CES event last year was attended by nearly 175,000 people; but Shapiro has disclosed that the number of attendees this year is being reduced to 150,000. He said that the CTA will be tighter on admissions and press eligibility this year; and will also ensure increased security via inspection of bags and a ban on luggage.

With regard to the CTA’s decision to make the CES 2016 event smaller than last year, in terms of the number of attendees, Shapiro said: “We want to make sure people can still get around the show, have a good time and that the show continues.”

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