ORF and Vienna achieve positive budget management
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Austrian national broadcaster announced that ORF and the City of Vienna achieved the budget for the Eurovision Song Contest and presented already the first gains. Not all money allocated for the event weren’t used by ORF but the City of Vienna spent less than originally planned.
During a press conference on Tuesday, ORF Director-General Alexander Wrabetz, the Viennese mayor Michael Häupl and City councillor Christian Oxonitsch announced that the international response on the event and the city were more than positive.
In terms of money, 800,000 Euros were saved from the Wiener Setdthalle preparations from originally 8,9 million. Marketing of the event budget was also less than originally planned by a million Euros.
All sides admitted that the management was great, the constrains in budget spending were more than satisfied and the event worked perfectly for the international promotion of the country and the City of Vienna. In total the 15 million Euros allocated for ORF and the event were not used entirely making the event successful, learning a good lesson from 2014 hosts, Denmark, where there was definitely bad management of the budget with more than 10 million Euros over limit.