NEWS
09/17/2016 16:00 EDT | Updated 09/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Prince George hotel sues 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society

Esther's Inn hotel in Prince George, B.C., is suing the organizers of the 2015 Canada Winter Games, alleging they owe $77,968 in unpaid bills.

In a notice of civil claim filed Sept. 14, the hotel claims the Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society owes money for rooms and meals the hotel provided to guests affiliated with the amateur sports competition. 

"I'm a little gobsmacked right now," said Anthony Everett, who held the position of chair with the society.

"We took great pains to work with all the accommodations providers to settle up our bills and, you know, the games have been over now for well over a year ... so I'm surprised that this is coming to light now."

According to a presentation made to city council on Sept. 12, the Games Society generated a surplus of $1.1 million.

The society officially dissolved following that presentation, transferring its remaining surplus to the Northern B.C. Community Sport Development Society.

Everett said that given the society no longer exists, he's not sure who, if anyone, would be responding to the lawsuit.

Other hotels say bills were paid

Neither Esther's Inn management nor the lawyer representing the hotel were available for comment.

However, other hotels who dealt with the 2015 Canada Games society said all bills were paid.

"We had a great relationship, fully engaged, I don't have one bad thing to say about them," said David McQuinn, general manager of the Coast Hotel, which was also part of the athlete's village. "From our standpoint they did an outstanding job." 

Nigel Rimmer, who manages the Treasure Cove Hotel, said there was some confusion due to the large number of people visiting the hotel for the Games, but all bills were paid.

"It took a little bit to figure out, on both ends, but once we submitted them an invoice ... they paid us," he said.