CES announces 300 new exhibitors

According to a press release, new exhibitors in 2009 include such marquee companies as Blockbuster, Chumby, Electronic Arts, Eye-Fi, Huawei, Hyundai/Kia, Mattel, ooma, Phoenix Technology, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Verizon Wireless.

CEA projects 5.6 percent growth for the gaming category this holiday season, 6.9 percent growth for digital imaging and 30 percent growth in holiday sales for GPS/LBS products, with an increased showing from exhibitors in these categories at the 2009 International CES. Overall, the trade show will feature 2,700 exhibitors from 30 product categories across 1.7 million net square feet of space.

The 2009 International will feature a comprehensice program of 200 conference sessions with 500 expert speakers. New for this year is the Social Media Jungle, on January 7, which will address how social media is changing the way we work and live. A full day of program sessions includes state of the industry updates and a candid look at how companies can motivate consumers through social media to drive product sales without increasing costs. Another new conference program is the Cable Conference, with multi-day sessions January 7-9, geared to address key cable industry business issues. In addition, Scott McNealy, chairman of Sun Microsystems, is a featured speaker at the CES Government 2009 conference.