Some 10,000 international visitors are set to land in Tel Aviv for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest this May, and they of course all need somewhere to rest their heads at the end of long partying days.
Hotel rooms and Airbnb apartments across the city are already being snatched up for extravagant prices, leaving many young and young-at-heart visitors facing an accommodation dilemma.
To this end, Tel Aviv Municipality is planning on setting up a Eurovision camping site at Yarkon Park near EXPO Tel Aviv, where the contest will be held.
The tent city is set host up to 2,000 guests and will offer three levels of accommodation. First off is the basic camping option, in which guests bring their own tents or rent out camping equipment on site. A second option is to go “glamping” (“glamor” + “camping”), a more upscale camping alternative. For those really living it up, a third option consisting of luxury caravans fully equipped with bathrooms and air-conditioning will be made available.
The tent city is also set to include showering areas, a recreation and party area, food and beverages stalls and a bike rental spot. A shuttle service will run from the camping area to the Eurovision Village, the main Eurovision entertainment venue located at Charles Clore Seaside Park.
The Eurovision contest will take place between May 14 and May 18, but the camp site is planned to stay up until June, when it will serve visitors arriving in the city for its largest annual event, the Tel Aviv Pride Parade.
“The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is planning to host an extraordinary Eurovision experience for the thousands of tourists who are expected to visit Tel Aviv,” says Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai. “The Tent City is just one example of the many initiatives we are working on, in order to create the perfect tourist experience and make sure that visitors can enjoy everything that the city has to offer.”