Yesterday Israel’s Channel 14 revealed the news that the Tel Aviv municipality plans to throw non-stop parties both at the Eurovision Village and throughout the city with food markets, music and around 40 stages — one for each participating country.
And tonight the news moves from land to sea, as Channels 12 and 13 reported that Tel Aviv is also planning to offer accommodation on boats by the city’s seashore. Yes, you heard that right: Israel is taking #AllAboard to another level!
The city aims to provide a solution for the shortage of hotel rooms during Eurovision. As Tel Aviv is a relatively small city (about 50 sq. km), it has only around 8,000 hotel rooms plus an additional 3,000 in nearby suburbs. As we reported last month, the prices are high and continue to soar.
Apparently, Tel Aviv’s accommodation plan has already been executed and an agreement with an Italian cruise ship has been signed. The cruising boat has around 500 rooms available and each can accommodate up to 4 people. The prices are quite fair – around $50 per night including three meals. This is compared to thousands of shekels for hotel rooms and hundreds for Airbnb’s and hostels.
As with the white nights’ parties, the cruising boats will have their own parties and celebrations on board with fireworks. For fans who want to celebrate in the city, ferries will be available to and from the shore at regular intervals.
Speaking about the plan, Tel Aviv Mayor’s, Mr Ron Huldai, said:
“The accommodation prices in Tel Aviv are extremely high and therefore we should offer more options. One cruising boat is bigger than any other hotel in the city.”
For those of you who were disappointed with the high prices, perhaps this will encourage you to reconsider your plans and book your tickets to Tel Aviv.
Update: 23 October 2018 @ 16:20 GMT: We have now spoken with the municipality’s official spokesperson who has confirmed plans for cruise ship accommodation. He has confirmed it is in the works, but that details are still being negotiated. We will report back with developments soon.