Paris Hilton Six Hours Late for New Job

ORLANDO, FL (AP) -- The pink carpet was rolled out, the pink spotlights danced through the crisp night air of downtown Orlando, and everything seemed in place for the opening of Paris Hilton's first nightclub.

Missing, notably: One pink-loving hotel heiress.

Hilton arrived at one a-m, six hours behind schedule -- after many guests had left. At least she had an heiress-appropriate excuse handy.

The jet-setter says "I was in the Swiss Alps skiing and I got caught at the airport with all the holiday travel so I've been trying to travel for the past 24 hours."

Hilton's sister, Nicky, took her place at the
pink-ribbon-cutting ceremony for Club Paris Thursday night with hundreds of local officials, leading businessmen and guests.

City council member Patty Sheehan presented a key to the city to Nicky Hilton, in Paris Hilton's absence, even though aides of Mayor Buddy Dyer urged her not to do so.