The society says that our demographic, 55 and up, is less able to travel for various reasons, and that has something to do with the need to revamp and make better use of technology. I'm sure this is so. Take my case. I, like many others in my age group, are finding it harder to physically keep up. Plus, many of us have been doing genealogy for so long that we've already heard much of the lecture content before, a lot of it is just variation on a theme. The exception is DNA, where we are still learning, and advances are constantly being made.
Being at such an event is a happy thing, it's a lot of fun besides learning, but after 15 years, I felt I wouldn't be missing that much if I gave in to my infirmities. I am still going to see and hear the DNA lectures online. So we'll see what they come up with. I think the Marriott may be raising rates to the point that we'll have to find another venue. They shortened the event from 4 days to 3 a couple of years ago. Perhaps they'll shorten it even further, and offer more online courses. I will say I'm glad I had the best of it, those years when we drew two thousand people from all over the country and even internationally.