Eurovision 2020: Rotterdam sets a budget of 15 million euros

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 1,382 views

The City of Rotterdam has set a budget of 15 million euros in order to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest according to the latest reports in the Netherlands.

Rotterdam’s politicians have reportedly set a 15 million budget in order to host the competition in the city next year.

Apparently according to the bid book that Rotterdam will hand in tomorrow in Hilversum states, among other things, that the city will allocate 15 million euros in order to host the event. The Rotterdam Ahoy has been designated as the venue to house the Eurovision Song Contest whilst  3,000 hotel rooms have been blocked in the city for the ESC 2020 delegations, artists, media and fans during the Eurovision period.

Rotterdam’s great experience in hosting major events, its international appeal and good infrastructure are all additional plus points that can help the city win the coveted bid.

To get the money on the table, we look at sponsors, spontaneous public campaigns, crowdfunding, possibly increasing the tourist tax, government money and municipal contributions.

If Rotterdam gets to host the Eurovision Song Contest, then we can count on 1 million euros from the province of South Holland. The majority of the council also wants the surrounding municipalities to contribute to the costs if they benefit from the Eurovision in Rotterdam, hence this can also raise a considerable amount.

The Rotterdam City Council discussed the city’s Eurovision bid book during a meeting today and approved the proposal which will be submitted to NPO in Hilversum tomorrow.

Five potential host cities remain in the race after Amsterdam, The Hague, Breda and Leeuwarden‘s withdrawals. All five candidate cities  have to hand in the so-called “bidbook” to the organizing body by Wednesday 10 July.

The 2020 Eurovision Host City is set to be unveiled in August along with the dates of the competition.

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be co-produced by three Dutch public broadcasters AVROTROS, NOS and NPO in liason with the EBU

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