The organizers of the world’s largest consumer electronics trade fair CES 2022 in Las Vegas are in a similar situation as less than two years ago, the GSMA association, which hosts the telecommunications trade fair in Barcelona. Just two weeks before the start of MWC 2020, large exhibitors began to renounce participation due to the then emerging global coronavirus pandemic. The Barcelona Fair was eventually canceled altogether.
Although the organizers of CES from the CTA association do not admit such a fate and assure that the fair will take place in physical form on the planned days of January 5-8, 2022, they will have to come to terms with the fact that some large companies in the field will not end up at the fair.
CES UPDATE: After closely monitoring the current trends surrounding COVID, it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our employees, customers, partners, and our communities to suspend all on-site activity in Las Vegas.
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Companies such as Lenovo, TCL, Intel, AT&T, Amazon, Google, Microsoft or T-Mobile have canceled their participation mainly due to the growing infection with omicron virus mutations, but also due to complicated air traffic from various parts of the world, such as China. In its latest press release on the subject, the organizing association, the CTA, stated that 42 companies, which represented 7% of the exhibition space, had so far renounced their participation.
Some major companies have canceled their physical participation in CES 2022
However, another 2,100 entities remain reported and some new ones are added. Among the big players, Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and others should present their news at the event. Participants in the physical form of the Las Vegas trade show will be required to complete vaccinations against covid-19, wear respirators, and adhere to spacings. For other interested parties, the main keynotes of CES will be available, similarly to the previous exclusively virtual year, in the form of an online conference.
The organizing association attracts to the fair CES 2022: