Our story earlier in the week about CES attendance sent the local media into panic mode, feverishly pushing out story after story blaming the so-called Omnicron variant for the 70% crash in attendance – what they refused to report is most vendors and attendees pulled out months ago after Steve Sisolak and CES colluded to ban unvaccinated attendees from the event.
In the last week, since we filed out initial report, CES has lost another 42 exhibitors.
Now, we have learned that Google, General Motors, Waymo, Lenovo Group, Intel, AT&T, T-Mobile, Amazon, Twitter and Meta (formerly known as Facebook) have also pulled out of the event. Attendance numbers are expected to be so bad that our sources at CES tell us the company is scrambling trying to figure out how to save face.
They considered cancelling the event all together, but we are told that the Sisolak administration is worried how the optics of killing a $300 million tradeshow would look come election time — so it looks like the show will go on, despite the fact that almost no one will be attending in person and much of the event is now being billed as an online/digital event.
To artificially inflate exhibitor numbers, our sources tell us that hundreds of companies that would have never been given the time of day at past CES events are now being allowed to exhibit at CES. From scam Crypto and NFT pyramid schemes to companies selling foot insoles to attendees on the show floor, it seems the CES show floor will look like a bad outlet mall this year!
Teaming up with the Liars at Renown Health
Last year we created a firestorm with our report on how Governor Steve Sisolak and CEO of Renown Health, Tony Slonim colluded to set up fake hospital beds in a parking garage, to make it seem like local hospitals were overwhelmed by the so-called pandemic.
In the last couple of weeks, CES has teamed up with Slonim in an effort to sell the ban on the unvaccinated to the public. “With the recent climate, many people have been working remotely and creating virtual relationships, Slonim said in a statement. “That’s okay, the work gets done, but for me, nothing is better than meeting in person.”
Slonim said Las Vegas is better prepared than ever to keep large groups safe when they meet.
“I am impressed that the Consumer Technology Association, our hotels, the Las Vegas conference venues and the City of Las Vegas have worked diligently to put every contemporary safety practice in place to ensure a healthy and successful in-person meeting this year,” Slonim said. “I encourage you to join me in attending CES 2022, adhering to the requirements, building new relationships, and supporting the innovators, professions and industries integral to our future.”
We are also working with leading health experts in the state of Nevada who support the best practices we have put in place. Below is a statement from Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, FACHE, President & CEO of Renown Health in Reno, NV. pic.twitter.com/6d4ncNBx3M— CES (@CES) December 24, 2021
“CES 2022 will be in person on Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas with strong safety measures in place, and our digital access is also available for people that don’t wish to, or can’t travel to Las Vegas,” CES spokesperson Katie Castillo said in a statement. “Our mission remains to convene the industry and give those who cannot attend in person the ability to experience the magic of CES digitally.”