The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) ended yesterday, January 9th, in Las Vegas, NV. With more than 2,700 technology companies on display, this year's CES was deemed a success.
According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2011 show brought 140,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The number is up from 2009 and 2010 which hosted 113,085 and 120,000 respectively. In fact, the attendance number compares to the pre-recession show of 141,150 people in 2008.
2011 also proved to be a record breaker for the number of international attendees. CES truly went global this year with 30,000 people representing 80 different delegations. Also breaking a record was the unprecedented live coverage streaming from both professional reporters and amateur bloggers. Despite being a technology focused convention, the popularity of social media shined through with 158,000 CES related tweets recorded between January 3rd and January 9th.
Also yesterday, the CEA announced the dates for the 2012 show. It will run from January 10th to the 13th in Las Vegas. In departure from the normal structure, CES 2012 will take place strictly during the week from Tuesday to Friday.