The Consumer Electronics Show (or International CES) is known in the press and public for being the industry show to see the best new and upcoming electronic devices.  However, beyond the glitz and glamour, the trade show (which is organized by the Consumer Electronics Association) every year makes a major contribution not just to the local economy where the show is held, but has a positive impact on the international economy and society as well.

Some “did you know” facts from the 2012 International CES:

  • This year’s event was the largest in its 44 year history, with more than 3,100 exhibitors and over 153,000 attendees (a record).  More than 34,000 of these attendees were international visitors to Las Vegas.
  • More than 20,000 new products were launched at 2012 International CES, including products from Google, Facebook, Wal-Mart, and Verizon.
  • New products that debuted at the show include a new Android 4.0 tablets, next generation smart phones, and 3-D printers.

While the 2012 International CES is larger than most association shows, it is an excellent and high-profile example of how association meetings can benefit the economy and society, while providing valuable education and training to members.