NATPE moves to Miami for 2011

After eight years at the Mandalay Bay Hotel And Report in Las Vegas, NATPE is packing up and headed to South Beach.

The National Association of Television and Programming Executive convention is moving to Miami and the 2011 convention will be held at the Fountainebleu and Eden Rock Hotels. The move is being made to accommodate more foreign buyers and of course, serve domestic buyers as well. The contract with the hotels is for 2011, with an option for 2012.

This year’s convention in Las Vegas was not much of a success, with declining attendance – though the lackluster economy was partly to blame. There were also complaints about long walks from the hotel rooms to convention suites.

The 2010 convention is being held in Las Vegas from January 25-27, in a span of three days – as opposed to four in years past.

Thought: While the move to Miami is meant to revitalize the convention and make it more convenient for international buyers to come, NATPE is missing a real opportunity to connect with Hollywood power brokers by not holding the convention in the Los Angeles area.

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