About 15,000 folks have registered to attend international tech present CES in individual previously 10 days, the organiser mentioned on Friday, in an indication of momentum for in-person occasions regardless of international fears concerning the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
In complete, “tens of 1000’s” of individuals have registered up to now for the present, the organiser mentioned, with out citing a particular determine.
The Omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa and Hong Kong final month, sparking international issues a couple of fast-spreading new model of the virus and reducing prospects that current will increase in journey would proceed.
Greater than 1,900 firms have dedicated to attending the Client Electronics Present in Las Vegas in January, about half the pre-pandemic degree.
Main firms like Sony and trade executives together with Basic Motors’ CEO, Mary Barra plan to journey to Las Vegas, though some together with Nvidia have deliberate a largely digital presence for a while.
“We’re not unrealistic: the present’s going to be smaller this 12 months,” mentioned Jean Foster, senior vp of promoting and communications for the Client Expertise Affiliation, the group organising the CES present. “It permits us to widen the aisles and accommodate social distancing.”
She mentioned curiosity in in-person attendance remains to be “full steam forward.”
All attendees might be required to point out proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for the present, which is open January 5-8.
© Thomson Reuters 2021