COVID jitters immediate Amazon, Meta and Twitter to tug out of CES tech present
CES 2022 organizers are moving ahead with plans to host tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas over the next month, setting up the technology conference as a test of mass business meetings at a time when rising Covid-19 cases are prompting other companies and groups to Change plans.
Multiple 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Platforms Inc. FB, + 2.69% and Twitter Inc., and at least one keynote speaker, TMUS from T-Mobile, + 1.77% CEO, have withdrawn from the event.
The Consumer Technology Association opens the largest US tech conference in the first week of January with a reduced amount and vaccine and mask requirements. While there is a digital component, the organization expects 50,000 to 75,000 visitors to the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues.
In a normal year, the show drew nearly 200,000 visitors, despite going fully online last January.
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