CES 2021 will be the world's largest and most influential tech event and encompass 11 official venues. This event spans more than 2.9 million net square feet of exhibit space and features 36 product categories and 22 Marketplaces.
With more than 170,000 attendees expected, the size of CES 2020 can make it difficult to navigate if you don't do your homework before arriving at the show.
Understanding how to work the exhibit floor and how to get from point A to B efficiently is important. Follow the steps below for some time saving and money saving tips and tricks for making your CES 2020 enjoyable.
Registering early will save you some money. Early bird CES Registration is $100 but if you wait till December 18, the registration fee jumps to $300
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Before arriving in Las Vegas, identifying your goals for the show. Create a plan for each day with a list of exhibitors and products you are interested in and all of the booths you want to visit. Put them in order of priority: Must Stop, Should Stop, Want To Stop. Face-to-face time with most exhibitors may be limited, so plan ahead and have a list of questions ready when you enter their booth.
CES is four gruelling and yet fun days of showcasing the latest in innovations, life-changing technology and product launches. This event is the world's largest and most influential tech event and there will be a lot to do and see. The days will be long with lots of networking opportunities. Get plenty of rest before arriving in Las Vegas. Do not arrive worn down.
The recommended attire for CES 2020 is business or business casual attire. The key to an enjoyable CES is to dress comfortably with comfortable shoes. There is no need for a business suit but dress in clothing considered appropriate and respectful for a professional environment. Remember to grab a light jacket or sweater as you head to the show. Besides getting a bit cold on the show floor, January in Las Vegas gets nippy, especially in the evenings. Also remember to Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Bring your most comfortable shoes - At CES 2020 you will be one of the 170,000 attendees criss-crossing the over 2.9 million net square feet of exhibit space at the Las Vegas Convention Center. You will easily find yourself doing at least 25,000 steps a day visiting booths. Wearing comfortable shoes, not new ones or heels is critical. Comfortable shoes will give you a chance to see most of what the show has to offer.
There is something for everyone at CES. Being a gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, CES is a great place to network with others. Many companies host social hours, after-parties, or other events that give you face-to-face time with prospective clients. Attend seminars, workshops, after parties and exchange business cards as you network, so that you can keep in touch after the show.
All bags are subject to search at the entrance to all CES show venues. Attendees are only allowed to carry two small bags, each smaller than 12"x17"x6" into show venues. Clear bags (mesh, plastic, vinyl, etc.) is recommended to expedite entry. Rolling bags of any size are prohibited.
Our recommendation: Save yourself the hassle and leave your bags at your hotel.
Save yourself a lot of time and speed up your entrance to show venues by picking up your badge at the airport when you arrive or at select hotels before arriving at the show.
CES 2020 Badge Pickup at McCarran Airport
The CES Badge Pickup location at McCarran Airport is at the Baggage Claim at Terminal 1.
Friday, Jan. 3 - 12:00 pm - 12:00 midnight
Saturday, Jan. 4, Sunday, Jan. 5 & Monday, Jan. 6 - 8:00 am - 12:00 midnight
Note: Badge pickup at McCarran Airport is for registered attendees only. If you are not yet registered, please find a location with on-site registration
Plan ahead and allow extra time for everything. Expect long lines when entering show venues, arriving at meetings, keynotes and events. Also be prepared for long cab lines or rental car check-in lines. Always remember, this event is the world's largest and most influential tech event.
Take the FREE Shuttle
The 2020 CES offers complimentary shuttle bus service between the Las Vegas Convention Center(LVCC) and official hotels from Monday, January 7 through Friday, January 11. Take advantage of these FREE shuttle buses when you can. (See hotel list)
Take the FREE Tram
For Tech South attendees, The ARIA Express tram is a three station FREE tram with stops at Park MGM, Crystals retail and entertainment district / ARIA/ The Cosmopolitan and Bellagio / Vdara Hotel & Spa. Save some money and time by riding the free tram.
The official CES app has everything you need at your finger tips to make the most out of your CES experience. The CES App features
The complete exhibitor list
Full CES schedule and personal agenda builder
Show floor navigation and 3D mapping
Personalized attendee and session recommendations,
CES security tools.
Log into the CES App with the same credentials used when you registered for CES 2020
Like any veteran visitor will tell you, no one comes to Vegas to spend time in their hotel room. Las Vegas is a premier hospitality destination with tons of things to do and see. Take a walk along the Strip, see a show or simply pig-out at a buffet. One or two of those is vital to having a positive show experience. Just remember, What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas.
Use these tips to make your CES 2021 enjoyable
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Location: Tech East and Tech West
Location: Tech East, Tech West and Tech South
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