CWG Host Society disputes hotel's claim of unpaid bill

The Prince George Canada Winter Games Host Society is denying it owes a local hotel almost $78,000, alleging instead that Esther's Inn Ltd. failed to live up to its side of the bargain, according to a response to a civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court this week.

The Society says Esther's failed to make 83 rooms available during the period of the 2015 Canada Winter Games contrary to an agreement between the parties.

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Instead, after selling a number of rooms to the public that have been previously allocated to the Society, Esther's provided 65 rooms during the event's first week and 61 during the second.

The Society was subsequently forced to incur additional costs of obtaining alternate accommodation.

Esther's subsequently billed the Society for 93 rooms plus meals and charges, even though only 83 were to be made available and the hotel failed to live up to that number, according to the response.

It also says Esther's issued two additional invoices for accommodations and services previously invoiced and paid in full by the Society.

Shortly after the Games were finished, the sides held a settlement meeting in which they agreed the Society would pay for 65 rooms for 19 nights, adding up to $164,592 less deposits previously paid totaling $78,503.29.

A day after the meeting, the Society paid the remaining amount owing of $86,089.97, according to the response.

Esther's filed its notice of claim against the Society in September.

None of the allegations have yet been tested in court.

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