Fans will not be able to camp out ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest, after the city of Tel Aviv fails to receive a single bid for the tender.
Globes.co.il reports that there will not be any tent accommodation for the Eurovision Song Contest, as no company bid for the tender that was posted by the city of Tel Aviv. According to the news outlet, the tender which was released two months ago did not receive a single response.
The plan which would have seen tent accommodation built at the Ganei Yehoshua Park failed to receive the assistance of Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority. The initial plan would have seen three levels of accommodation available:
- Basic tents or space for tents for pitched
- Glamping tents that will offer a higher level of comfort
- Trailers that are air-conditioned and offer show facilities
According to information supplied to Globes, there is a lack of camping equipment and trailers for such an area within Israel. Furthermore the terms of the contract which meant that a company needed to have organised three events for 1,000 people before also limited the companies who could have submitted a proposal.
The city of Tel Aviv responded to Globes stating:
The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality is working to create an extraordinary experience for the tourists who will arrive in the city for Eurovision. Unfortunately, the tent city initiative did not succeed because of the lack of response to the tender. We are working on other solutions which will make it easier for tourists to enjoy the activities and events the city will be offering.
Tel Aviv will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in the Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Centre) on May 14, 16 and 18 2019. After receiving bids from several cities across Israel, the final two remaining candidate cities were Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. KAN recommended Tel Aviv to the Reference Group.