Awww, IslandBoy50, was happy for the chance to look you in the eyeballs at last....
Seriously, I think you'd find that the event will draw plenty of folks who simply share a love of travel and like to talk about it with others, but yes, they want to talk about it online, probably not in print, so maybe SATW or ASJA or those conferences would suit you better. Now that I think about it, the perfect one for you might be the annual one in Corte Madera CA, Book Passage. It's August 2010 - http://www.bookpassage.com/content.php?id=45
Kinda pricey but I've heard wonderful things about it.
Yes, I do write for print, but mostly for "Texas Highways" these days (my latest articles were Sept 2009 and Jan 2010.) They're wonderful, the pay is decent and the editors are great, but neither article is online, and that's the problem. The future (hell, the present!) is online and mobile. I like both of those communications mediums and I'm good at them, so that's where I'm staying.
That doesn't mean that I don't love print - I do - but not enough to remain bolted down on the Titanic
. There will always be room for print and I'll keep my hand in when it suits me; there are many advantages to it. I like to take conference notes in a notebook, for example, because it always boots up and I can spill things on it and drop it. Geeks laugh at me, but I don't care any more than I care about your judgment of me. I'm 48, I'm retired military, and if it isn't cancer or someone shooting at me, I really don't give a rat's ass.
So, come to TBEX and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who like to connect. Or don't. Whatever. Hell, I'll still buy you a libation someday if we're in the same town. I guarantee you'll enjoy it more than you think you will.