The tempo of firms saying they will forego the in-person components of CES 2022 has solely elevated within the final 24 hours, with main firms like Intel and Google saying their selections on Thursday afternoon. Regardless of a rising listing of cancellations that features exhibitors, advertisers, and most tech media organizations we are able to title (together with The Verge), the Shopper Expertise Affiliation that places on the occasion says it will push ahead with in-person events.
In a thread of tweets posted Thursday night, the @CES account stated, “Our focus stays on convening the tech trade and giving those that can not attend in particular person the power to expertise the magic of CES digitally.”
Whereas most of the firms saying adjustments of their plans cited well being considerations as properly as the unknown implications of the omicron variant of COVID-19, organizers posted a press release from a CEO and MD to justify their determination to push ahead. They stated: “…we’re assured that attendees and exhibitors can have a socially distanced however worthwhile and productive occasion in Las Vegas, or whereas experiencing it on-line.” Precautions beforehand introduced included required proof of vaccination, masks, and free fast checks.
The listing of exhibitors that introduced plans to skip the present fully or restrict availability on Thursday alone contains:
On Wednesday, the CTA said in a statement that it had acquired 42 exhibitor cancellations. It’s unclear whether or not any of those names had been a part of that depend, however as we speak’s bulletins take away three of eight firms listed as featured exhibitors on the occasion’s important web page. An inventory of probably the most notable firms nonetheless lined up for in-person showings contains Samsung, Sony, and LG.