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CES Draws 120,000

LAS VEGAS: As many as 120,000 people went to last week’s Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, according to the organizer’s preliminary figures. The show ran Jan. 6-9. (A group of people pictured at left watch the Parrot Drone during the show.)

“At show close, preliminary registration figures indicate more than 120,000 industry professionals attended the 2010 International CES, up from the 2009 CES which hosted 113,085 verified attendees,” the Consumer Electronics Association said in a release. International attendance was up over last year’s show by more than 1,000 people, CEA said. More than 5,000 reporters, analysts and bloggers were there as well. Around 4,000 were expected.

More than 2,500 companies unveiled 20,000 new products, including 330 new exhibitors. Mobile video, 3DTV, electronic tables, Internet TVs and green technologies dominated the show. Around 2,700 companies exhibited last year. CES 2010 was consolidated in the vast Las Vegas Convention Center, unlike previous years when it also spilled over into the vast Sands Expo Convention Center.

CEA said final, verified attendance numbers would be released in the spring.