The tech industry has been through a rough patch of plunging stocks and massive layoffs in recent months.

But you wouldn’t have known that walking the floor at last week’s CES conference here. After a fully virtual show in 2021 and a largely hybrid one last year, CES 2023 presented a concerted push for returning to in-person attendance, and the Las Vegas Convention Center was again abuzz with exhibitors and attendees from around the world.

On Monday, the CTA boasted an in-person attendance of 115,000 this year, doubling the number of in-person attendees last year.

Still, this fell very short of the 175,000 pre-pandemic attendance in 2019, indicating some lingering hesitance and a long road ahead to a full return.

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