The National Association of Television Program Executives has been debating whether or not to return to Miami Beach for its annual conference in January, 2012, and has made a decision about the matter, according to Alex Ben Block at The Hollywood Reporter.
And that answer is yes, NATPE will return to Miami Beach.
The largest annual event in television syndication, the NATPE conference is set for Jan. 23-25, 2012. It returns to the Fountainbleu Resort despite criticisms that surfaced during this years event, concerning long waits for elevators, crowded exhibit space and other issues.
About these issues Block writes, "NATPE and the hotel were working to solve the problem, most likely by spreading out the suites among several towers and putting more of them on the ground floor or adding more tents around the huge pool area."
The event moved to South Florida this year after seven years in Las Vegas, and drew a crowd of about 5,000 attendees.
The article also notes: "Some aspects of the move to Miami Beach were successful. The Fountainbleu did provide a single location that kept attendees in one place, as opposed to Vegas, where people and events were sprawled around the town. It also succeeded in boosting attendance by Latin American buyers, who find Miami more convenient than a western U.S. city. It also was an easier, shorter trip for Europeans."
NATPE CEO Rick Feldman declined to comment on the decision, according to the report.