The 2023 edition of CES wrapped up on Sunday, as the first full-on in-person edition of the event since the start of the pandemic.
On Monday, the Consumer Technology Association released some numbers of how many people made it to Las Vegas for CES, in a press release titled “CES is Back and Thriving.” The 2023 CES drew 115,000 industry professionals, and more than 3200 exhibitors, about one third of which were startups.
CTA described the 2023 CES as “the largest audited global tech event since early 2020.” The 2021 event took place entirely virtually, while 2022’s was more of a hybrid event that took place during that winter’s Omicron wave. The size of the event, while off from historical peaks, was nevertheless much larger than last year’s edition.
This year’s CES featured 2.2 million net square feet of exhibitors, 40,000 international attendees, 4800 global media, and 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
“CES 2023 was the great reconnection and rocked by every measure – from attendance to the keynote stage to press conferences and product debuts on the exhibit floor – showing the entire world that in-person events are BACK!” Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA, said in the release Monday.
“The innovation unveiled this week will drive economic growth and change in meaningful ways to improve our lives and create a better future for the next generation.”
CTA’s “Attendance Audit Summary” for 2020 — an officially audited report, rather than an early estimate like the one this week — listed a “total verified attendance” of 171,268, more than 100,000 of which were industry attendees, and 4419 exhibiting companies. That audit listed 2.9 million net square feet of exhibitions, compared to 2.2 million this year.
Next year’s CES dates are January 9-12, 2024.