Eilat’s plans for how it would host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 have been released, as the city revealed a contest focused around the port.
The southern city of Eilat plans for a waterfront Eurovision have been revealed in documents revealed to Israel Hayom, the city is considering two venues for the competition. The first would require the construction a temporary venue in the Port of Eilat. The venue would be built around two existing hangers, which would have a capacity of 10,000 people.
The second proposed venue is the Ice Mall, which would see the existing tenants removed from the structure for the course of the competition. The mall would then see 7,500 seats installed, again with a stage and additional areas constructed for the contest.
As part of the cities bid it plans to host the competing artists and delegations on cruise ships in the bay, with the artists transported to the venue by ship. Eilat is eager to showcase itself as a premier tourist destination in Israel. Images of the bid can be viewed here.
Eilat is home to just over 50,000 people and is a popular coastal resort town and port. The city is currently served by both domestic and international carriers including Ryanair and Wizz Air.
Cities have until July 17 to submit their bid documents to KAN after which the bids will be assessed and a host city will be determined.
Source: Israel Hayom