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Tel Aviv is Thrilled to Host Eurovision Song Contest for First Time

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is pleased to officially announce that the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv. It is the first time ever that Tel Aviv is hosting the show, which last year attracted 186 million viewers. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) selected Tel Aviv as the most suitable host city for this upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Tel Aviv is Israel's financial and cultural center; an international hub of art and creativity, of commerce and trade, of media and academia. It is a city that celebrates pluralism and tolerance, warmly embracing the many communities that compose its unique human mosaic.

The decision was made after an extensive inspection and evaluation of the city’s amenities and facilities. As agreed upon, The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality will finance the venue: Pavilions 1 and 2 at Expo Tel Aviv International Convention Center, where the three main events will take place, including: two semifinals and the final event broadcasted live to millions of viewers around the world.   

The Municipality will also host additional events including:
- The Opening Ceremony and Red Carpet event at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, one of Israel's leading artistic and cultural institutions.        
- The Official Eurovision key handover ceremony and the semifinal allocation draw at the beautifully restored historical Town Hall located on the glorious Bialik Square. 
-The world’s largest Eurovision village, on the Tel Aviv boardwalk, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at Charles Clore Park.

Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in two decades on May 12 this year when Netta Barzilai snagged first place with her anthem “Toy”. The 64th Eurovision event marks the first time the competition will take place in Tel Aviv, the third time the competition takes place in Israel and the fourth times that Israel won the competition. According to data gathered from previous host cities; around 20,000 tourists are expected to arrive in Tel Aviv and the city will gain an average of NIS 100 million in direct revenues.

The Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai: “Tel Aviv-Yafo is ready to host the Eurovision Song Contest! The City of Tel Aviv- Yafo is delighted to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, one of the most successful live TV entertainment programs in the world and a perfect fit for our city, which has been internationally acclaimed for its vibrant energy, creative spirit, its lively cultural scene and its celebration of freedom. We are looking forward to host a joyful and Nonstop event, in the spirit of Tel Aviv-Yafo! We are convinced that in collaboration with “Kan” we will produce one of the most incredible Eurovision competitions ever.”

Gidi Schmerling, Project Director of the 2019 Eurovision on behalf of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality: ”The city will be exposed to the world through the eyes of the 1500 journalists and thousands of tourists that will descend upon the city for the Eurovision events. The competition will take place in various iconic locations and attractions throughout the city: The Old Town Hall, The modern Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Charles Clore Park located on the City’s shore and of course EXPO Tel Aviv, the International Convention Center. Dozens of events will take place throughout the city on top of the main events, turning the city into one big Eurovision celebration.”

Eytan Schwartz, CEO, Tel Aviv Global & Tourism:” The Eurovision Song Contest is not only a great opportunity to elevate the city’s international branding, it’s also an opportunity to improve the overall tourists experience in the city in terms of public transport, easy access to relevant information and the general interaction with locals, businesses and more. We are gearing up toward the Eurovision and are setting up an urban task force to upgrade the overall tourist experience in the city. Let the countdown begin!” 

media contact
Margaux Stelman
Head of International Press

Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality