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The International Consumer Electronic Show?January 8—11, 2007, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Thousands of top electronic companies recently gathered together for the most important week in their business. The International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is the world's largest tradeshow for consumer electronics and America's largest tradeshow all together. Each year, electronic companies like Sony, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard—and virtually any other electronic company that matters, and even some that do not, meet to share what new products they have to offer to consumers. The international event is a salesman's paradise, encompassing the latest technology and electronic news with a sea of networking opportunities.

The International Consumer Electronic Show first launched in New York City in June of 1967 with 200 exhibitors and 17,500 visitors in attendance. Since then, the numbers have risen dramatically, with almost 2,700 exhibitors and more than 140,000 attendees at the 2006 show. This year's show marked the tradeshow's 40th anniversary.

Every year, verified exhibitors come from all over the globe, representing the United States, Canada, Mexico, and more than 130 additional countries. These exhibitors are a mix of manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems, and various related products and services, according to the show's website. The collection of companies cover a wide range of electronics markets, including audio, video, digital imaging, mobile electronics, home networking, home theater, wireless technology, and much more. This tradeshow is a tremendous chance for sales people and buyers to get a first-time look at what the electronic community has to offer, revealing the year's newest products and trends in technology.



The International Consumer Electronic Show has been the birth place of many of today's most essential and popular electronic products and devices. The unveiling of products like the videocassette recorder (VCR) in 1970, the camcorder and compact disc in 1981, and the plasma television in 2001 have made the International Consumer Electronic Show a landmark event that has become the center of the electronic sales universe, and it will continue as such for years to come with the tradeshow's ever-growing popularity, exhibitors, and attendees.

The show also features various educational forums in order to enhance the span of knowledge and awareness of certain companies' newest technology. With nearly 200 companies who participate in these educational conferences and more than 600 expert speakers who explain and discuss arising industry trends and hot topics, these conferences are rare and unique opportunities to get a heads up on what the year in electronics will bring.

This year, the tradeshow featured exhibitors throughout more than 1.7 million square feet of exhibit space in three locations in Las Vegas, Nevada--the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Expo and Convention Center /The Venetian, and the Las Vegas Hilton. The four-day event kicked off each day at 8 or 9 a.m. and lasted until 5 or 6 p.m., depending on the location and day.

In order to attend the International Consumer Electronic Show, one must have some sort of affiliation with a company that may take interest in or benefit from the tradeshow and its opportunities--most companies fall into this category somehow. Attendees are various sales people and members of the press. Registration can be completed online for free, if done during the advance registration period. Students can even attend on a specific day of the event, though there is a $100 day fee to register onsite; advance registration is not available for students. This year, students were able to attend on the tradeshow's last day, Thursday, January 11, 2007.

The International Consumer Electronic Show usually takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada each year during the second week or so of January. In fact, the show dates for 2008-2010 are already set and confirmed.

This annual groundbreaking event is a must-attend for any people who are involved in sales in any way, shape, or form. This enormous source for up-and-coming electronic products and knowledge, with its boundless pool for networking and exposure, is a valuable asset, even if you do not work in the electronic industry.
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