WCT is often held in Las Vegas, which would put it much closer to you DezerTrapper, that has been a venue for many moons.
I went to it just prior to leaving my former career and had a great time and learned a lot.
Tough for folks though to plan for where the most attendance will be and anticipate that along with costs incurred if not enough folks
I'm unable to go this year but believe in these events and training opportunities. They are also great places to exchange in person with others in our industry who may be doing things differently or have unique methods they present on, as well as meeting your vendors of products and supplies face to face as many sponsor these shows.
No matter where they are held someone will always be required to travel, if its in Vegas, you have eastern folks traveling further, and vice versa when in the east for those of us out here in the southwest and west.
Keep an eye out for future workshops, usually someone on here talks about them if you don't subscribe to WCT magazine which would also list upcoming events in advance.
ps. Budfish, NWCOA is in New Orleans this year, thats likely the one you are thinking about.