Ok, so this isn't retail news, but it is something that occupies a downtown space - the convention center.
This brings up the issue of the airport not being big enough or having enough international flights. This was a big loss for Austin. The conference was started here almost a decade ago. Attendance had been increasing. The article says last year there were 3,350 attendees.
Posted: 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012
Game Developers Conference to leave Austin
By Brian Gaar
The Game Developers Conference Online starts next week, but this will be the event’s last year in Austin.
The conference, which has been in Austin under various names since 2003, is being renamed and moved to Los Angeles, said Simon Carless, executive vice president of the UBM Tech Game Network, which runs the conference.
Carless said that geography was partly a reason for the move. An internal survey showed that 44 percent of professional game developers were based in California, he said. Carless also pointed to a lack of direct international flights to Austin.