Tel Aviv to Host Eurovision Song Contest
The European Broadcasting Union and Israel’s national broadcaster Kan selected Tel Aviv after the city agreed to bear all venue costs for the competition’s three-night event in May
Tofi Stoler 16:19 13.09.18
Tel Aviv will host the 2019 Eurovision song contest, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes the annual event, announced Thursday. EBU and Israel’s national broadcaster Kan selected Tel Aviv, considered the business and cultural capital of Israel, after the city agreed to bear the venue costs for the competition’s three-night event—two semi-finals and the finals which are broadcasted live to viewers around the world. Tel Aviv will also host several other Eurovision-related events throughout the city in the days leading up to the competition.
Tel Aviv expects a turnout of about 20,000 tourists and NIS 100 million (approximately $28 million) in direct revenues resulting from the events, the city said in a statement Thursday.