President-elect Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, sold tickets to its annual New Year's Eve bash just like it has done for several years. But this time, accusations of conflict of interest have arisen because Trump will be the next president.
The Mar-a-Lago resort regularly throws lavish parties for holidays every year and is a regular stop for big name celebrities. And although Trump won the presidency, business went on as usual at the famed South Florida hotspot on New Year's Eve with tickets going for between $525 for resort members and $575 for guests, according to Politico.
Incoming White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks rejected claims that the Trump family was selling access to the president by selling tickets to Mar-a-Lago's New Year's Eve Party.
“The transition is not concerned about the appearance of a conflict,” she said, according to Politico. “This is an annual celebratory event at the private club, like others that have continued to occur since the election. Additionally, the president cannot and does not have a conflict.”
More than 800 guests attended the event, reported the Palm Beach Post.
Some of the big names in attendance included actor Sylvester Stallone and former model Fabio, according to The Washington Post.
While Trump's Mar-a-Lago tickets weren't cheap, South Florida is known for expensive New Year's Eve celebrations.
One hour south of Trump's gala, Miami Beach has been rated the most expensive New Year's Eve spot in the United States, averaging $1,700 for hotel rooms, according to Curbed Miami.
And pop star Justin Bieber charged $50,000 for stage side tickets to his concert at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach.