Low turnout at NATPE prompts hotel lawsuit

Hilton suing org for more than $10,000

HOLLYWOOD — Fallout from the poor attendance at its January’s conference has hit the National Assn. of Television Program Executives in the form of a lawsuit filed by the Las Vegas Hilton.

The Hilton is suing the org for more than $10,000, claiming NATPE failed to pay for all the 2,400 rooms it re-served for the convention.

A copy of the contract NATPE inked with the hotel in May 2000 for January’s confab was attached to the suit, filed March 1 at Las Vegas’ Clark County Courthouse.

Room reservations

Under the contract, NATPE appar-ently was committed to the 2,400-room reservation at a rate of about $150 per night.

Reps for the Hilton and NATPE weren’t commenting. As of Thursday, NATPE execs hadn’t officially been served with court papers.

But people close to the situation in-sisting NATPE execs did nothing wrong, informing the Hilton well in advance that they wouldn’t need all 2,400 rooms in anticipation of expected attendance falloffs.

NATPE execs must be experienc-ing deja vu: The org was seriously looking at moving its 2003 convention out of New Orleans, but ended up staying put after being threatened with legal action by several of the city’s hotel operators.

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