Unfortunately that seems to be the common thread in most if not all the various conventions I have attended for over 30 years.
I attended an Ortho conference in Atlanta.....where I saw more folks on the street carrying Zimmer tote bags, (BIG ortho equipment company-free handouts
) than I ever saw inside the World Congress Center.
In Nashville, there was the same ratio.
In Orlando, In Philly, In SF, in New Orleans.......
Maybe they should find an unattractive
city to hold these things in. Oh but then NO one would want to come, because there was nothing to DO.