LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest, will move to an all-digital show after announcing it will not be in Las Vegas in January 2021.

The Consumer Technology Association sent an email to attendees on Tuesday morning which said the show scheduled in Las Vegas for Jan. 6-9, 2021 would be an all-digital experience and “connecting exhibitors, customers, though leaders and media from around the world.”

Last year’s convention drew 170,000 attendees and more than 4,400 exhibiting companies.

“Amid the pandemic and growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it’s just not possibly to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person,” said Gary Sharpiro, president and CEO of CTA.

READ: CTA’s statement on CES 2021

CES does plan to return to Las Vegas in 2022 as a combined physical and digital show.

Steve Hill, CEO and President of LVCVA, issued the following statement regarding CES’ decision:

We know the decision to move CES to a virtual show in January was extremely difficult for CTA leadership. While it’s disappointing we won’t be welcoming CES as the first show inside our West Hall expansion, we certainly respect their decision in light of the impact the virus has caused throughout the world.  We deeply value our 40-year partnership with CES and look forward to welcoming the show and their loyal attendees back to Las Vegas in 2022.

Steve Hill, LVCVA CEO/President

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak reacted to CES’ decision to go virtual on Twitter Monday morning, saying “just as I have taken aggressive steps to help protect the health and safety of Nevadans from this virus, I respect the decision of CES to protect the health and safety of their employees, attendees and exhibitors in this global pandemic.”