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Cutiss in Ridgecrest, California listens Online and asked: “Dave, what I’d like to hear from you is sort of how can you contrast the collapse of CES with COMDEX. I know CES was, I think, just money. But the current problems at CES hopefully are only Covid. What do you think are the chances that CES can recover?”
Thats an interesting question, Cutiss For our listeners who might not know, COMDEX was a huge computer convention held in Las Vegas every year from the late 70s until 2003. For many years, it was the big daddy with many people feeling that it was more important to the industry than CES. We even broadcast our show from there, the first several years we were on the air.
Around 99 or 2000, major companies like Apple, IBM and Compaq began pulling out of COMDEX to hold their own corporate events – which is a trend that continues today. That, combined with changes the organizers made that allowed bloggers and anyone wo declared themselves legitimate media to attend, started a downward spiral.
The show went from 2,500 exhibitors and 225,000 attendees at its peak, to just 500 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees in its final year, in 2003. Ironically, thats about the attendance we saw at CES this year – if that.
I would assume that CES wouldve rebounded better if there hadnt been a new Covid variant making the rounds at the same time, and that it will rebound better next year. Having said that, they didnt put on a show for 2 years and no one really missed them, so the show may have proven itself to be less useful and necessary than CTA would like it to be.
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