ISRAEL – Looking to attend the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv this May in high style? Look no further than the Setai luxury hotel in Jaffa that is charging 23,800 shekels ($6,370) per couple for six nights, according to Booking.com. Don’t quite have the budget for that?
The Jaffa Hotel is charging 23,400 for the same May 13-19 dates. The Sheraton and Alma are asking 20,000. The CUCU boutique hotel wants 19,200 shekels and the Orchid Tel Aviv a mere 18,400. The room rate madness comes as Tel Aviv gears up to host some 18,000 visitors for the music events, not to mention the performers themselves.
The number of expected visitors is a rough estimate based on attendance at recent Eurovision events elsewhere. Tel Aviv may see fewer because European fans can’t arrive by train or car and the boycott, divestment and sanctions is actively discouraging fans.
With just three and a half months to go, Kan, the Israeli public broadcaster hosting the event, has yet to announce when ticket sales will begin, although it is promising to announce the date in the next several days. Leaan, the official Eurovision ticket agency, will commence sales in mid-February.
Kan was supposed to announce the start of ticket sales at the official Host City Insignia Handover Ceremony last week. But Kan is still deciding how to configure the Tel Aviv International Convention Center and what class of tickets will be sold.
Ticket prices haven’t yet been determined, but based on prices for last year’s Eurovision final in Lisbon they will range from 35 to 150 euros for seats and 120 euros for standing room in the arena. Golden Ring tickets will go for about 200 euros and premium seats for 2999.
For those who can’t splurge that much for a ticket after reserving a room at The Setai, Eurovision also sells tickets for live rehearsals before the main event that can run as low as 15 euros. All told, there will be nine Eurovision events —two semifinals and the final plus two rehearsals for each.