TEL AVIV- The municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo officially announced today that the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv. It is the first time Tel Aviv will be hosting the show, which last year attracted an estimated 186 million viewers.
After an extensive inspection of local amenities and facilities, both the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) agreed to have Tel Aviv serve as the host city.
Israel won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in two decades on May 12 when Netta Barzilai captured first place with her anthem “Toy.” While this will be the third time the competition will take place in Israel, it is the first time the annual competition will take place in Tel Aviv. This year’s win marks the fourth time that Israel won the competition.
As many as 20,000 tourists are expected to arrive in Tel Aviv with an economic impact of $34 million. Comprised of three main events, the competition will be held at the EXPO Tel Aviv International Convention Center.
Other events to be held prior to the competition include an opening ceremony and red carpet event at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and a handover ceremony at Town Hall on Bialik Square.