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CES 2022 Waives Conference Session Fee

Anchor desk at CES 2021.
Unlike CES 2021, this year's edition will not be virtual. (Image credit: CTA)

The Consumer Technology Association has decided not to charge in-person attendees to its CES 2022 tech extravaganza in Las Vegas next week (January 5-8).

"[W]e have made the decision to no longer require a paid conference pass to attend our conference sessions," CTA said on the CES website.

Those who paid in advance will get a refund in mid-January, CTA said.

CES said that hundreds of industry notables would still be participating in panels on all the latest tech trends.

Also: CES Will Require Attendees Proof of Vaccination

A number of exhibitors have decided to go digital only, but many more are still scheduled to show their wares (hard and soft) on the exhibit floor.

CTA has had to adjust on the fly as the omicron variant of COVID-19 sweeps the country.

It will be handing out a pair of COVID-19 test kits to every attendee, courtesy of exhibitor Abbott, whose BinaxNow kit has been a top seller — and government giveaway — in the run-up to planned holiday gatherings.

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.