LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – CES will close a day earlier “as an additional safety measure to the current health protocols that have been put in place for CES”.
A press release issued by the Consumer Technology Association in Arlington, Virginia on Friday announced the change.
The show begins on Wednesday January 5 and was scheduled to run until Saturday. It will now close on Friday.
“As the world’s most influential tech event, CES is firmly committed to being the gathering place to showcase products and discuss ideas that will ultimately improve our lives,” said Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the CTA. “We are shortening the fair to three days and have put in place comprehensive sanitary measures for the safety of all attendees and attendees. “
The show saw many high-profile tech companies, including Microsoft and Google, withdraw from in-person activities, opting for virtual connections to the show instead.
The show has been the largest in Las Vegas for years and 2,200 exhibitors are expected to exhibit this year.
The return of CES, as well as SEMA in November, marked the return of major conventions to Las Vegas. Conventions help the economy in the middle of the week, a big gap to fill between busy tourist weekends.