CES 2011 was biggest show in three years: organisers

Attendance figues beat 2009 and 2010, and almost match 2008

This year's Consumer Electronics Show attracted around 140,000 people, easily surpassing pre-show estimates and beating the two prior events, the event's organisers said at the conclusion of the show, which ran in Las Vegas from January 6 to January 9.

2010's attendance was 126,641 people, well above 2009's 113,085 people. But at around 140,000, the 2011 attendance is closer to 2008's pre-economic crisis level of 141,150.

The Consumer Electronics Association's announcement likely wasn't a surprise for anyone that attended the event in Las Vegas. Attendees faced long lines for taxis and the city's monorail throughout the convention, which was a preliminary sign that attendance had rebounded.

Organizers also announced a schedule change to the CES schedule for 2012, running the show from Tuesday through Friday from January 10 to 13.

The change might help keep attendees in town for the third and fourth days of the show. Many typically leave on Friday or Saturday, which means the show floor is mostly vacant on Sunday.

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