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Rising attendance and new program at CES

Crowds fill the main concourse of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the final day of CES Friday, January 12, 2018. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

The Consumer Technology Association, owner and producer of the CES convention — the world’s largest, most influential global technology event — has announced that last January’s confab at the Las Vegas Convention Center set a new attendance record.

CES hosted 63,784 international attendees — more than a third of the entire show attendance. Breaking that number down, it parses out to: 36,482 attendees from Asia and the Middle East; 17,338 from Europe; and 9,964 from Africa, North America (excluding the U.S.), Oceania and South America.

While U.S. Department of Commerce stats showed that international travel to the U.S. decreased last year by 3.8 percent, outside-the-U.S. attendance at CES spiked by 5.9 percent from 2017.  The 2019 CES gathering is set for Jan. 8-11.

Also, the association is launching its Tech Media Trailblazers program.

With nominations open until Sept. 17, 25 winners will be selected from among the applicants and awarded the opportunity to attend the 2019 CES convention, with travel and accommodation expenses covered.

Among the requirements for nominees: less than three years working at a current media outlet and less than three years attending CES; job includes covering technology, business or a relevant CES topic; and must share three relevant pieces of work (articles, broadcast clips, podcast). More information is available, and nominations can be submitted at

Addressing the inaugural program in a statement, CTA President Gary Shapiro noted that it “selects the brightest, most promising young media to come experience the largest and most influential technology event on the planet. The Trailblazers program allows this new group to join their peers and experience CES by giving them a front row seat to the most innovative companies in the world. This elite group will discover life-changing tech, making the world a better place from all major and emerging industries at CES 2019.”

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