Organizers of CES 2022 are pressing ahead with plans to host tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas next month, setting up the technology conference as a test for mass business gatherings at a time when surging Covid-19 cases are prompting other companies and groups to change plans.
Several participants including Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +2.00%, Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. FB, +2.69% and Twitter Inc., and at least one keynote speaker, T-Mobile’s TMUS, +1.77% chief executive, have withdrawn from the event.
The Consumer Technology Association is kicking off the biggest U.S. tech conference the first week of January with a scaled-back crowd and vaccine and mask requirements. While there’s a digital component, the organization expects 50,000 to 75,000 attendees at the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues.
In a normal year, the show gathered close to 200,000 attendees, though it went entirely online last January.