International CES Named Largest Trade Show with Highest Economic Impact

International CES Named Largest Trade Show with Highest Economic Impact


Arlington, VA—The 2010 International CES was named both the largest trade show and the trade show with the highest economic impact by Trade Show Executive (TSE) magazine. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) was awarded the highly coveted number one spot in TSE’s Gold 100 Rankings of 2010.

CES has earned top honors as the largest annual trade show in each of the four years of the Gold 100 Award’s existence.  

“For the fourth year in a row, no show was able to unseat the International CES as the largest annual trade show in the U.S.,” said Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group. “CES held a commanding lead, spanning 586,000 more net square feet of exhibit space than the next annual show on the list.”

Gudea noted that CES, with its significant exhibitor and attendee participation, enriched the Las Vegas economy with more than $119 million of new dollars, easily earning the distinction of the show with the highest economic impact of 2010.

The 2012 International CES will run January 10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is expected to span more than 1.6 million net square feet of exhibit space, with more than 2,700 exhibitors from 140 countries. The 2012 show looks to bring in more than 140,000 attendees, with some 30,000 from outside of the U.S., to experience more than 20,000 product launches across cutting edge technology categories such as 3D, mobile DTV, tablets, apps, connected TVs embedded internet, green technology and more.

For the first time, the International CES will also host the PMA@CES TechZone, where the latest and greatest products and services in the photo-imaging market will be exhibited in partnership with the Photo Marketing Association.

“We are thrilled to again top TSE’s Gold 100 Rankings as the leader in the trade show industry,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “The International CES prides itself on being the world’s largest consumer technology trade show and generating business for the global CE industry.”

Trade shows underscore the importance of face-to-face interactions. CES attendees collectively save 700 million miles of business travel by taking one trip to meet all their current and future customers. Each CES attendee conducts an average of 12 onsite meetings with key contacts such as buyers, investors, analysts and media, highlighting the effectiveness of attending the International CES.

More than 200 conference sessions and 500 speakers are planned for the 2012 CES, spanning industry topics from entertainment content and distracted driving to social media and the connected home.