I can understand the stated reason for going to Las Vegas, but there is more to the story. For the first time, Howard street was not shut down, and with that, the central congregation area which was awesome, was taken away. With Howard street shut, you had an Oracle Plaza, with chairs, and sofas, and carpet and you could get food and just relax and have meetings out there. Even people that were not paying Open World folks could come, attend/meet you outside and talk. It was amazing. This year...to save money or whatever, Howard Street was open to regular traffic, so there was no place to mingle and relax. The finished overhaul of Moscone was also a factor in that the layout was very different. At Oracle, they had a pretty drastic change over in their marketing department, and the folks that ran Open World were different. The people that Oracle hired to help out, we very nasty this year and didn't let people go into the buildings and basically hassled folks. So, there was no place to sit outside (Howard Street) and you couldn't go inside unless the rude people let you in. So while Oracle is citing the Hotel costs, and the street condition...they shot themselves in the feet by not closing Howard and having poor people run Open World 2019. Moving the conference to Las Vegas, now EVERYONE has to travel there, even Oracle employees. Now, you can't take the week before or after to do Oracle business at their HQ. Moving to Las Vegas might be the choice of this "new marketing group" but they are clueless on how deals - for 20 years - have been made at Open World. Think about all the events that will not happen that center around Oracle being in San Francisco. What a stupid decision to move away from SF.