At this point in the Eurovision 2020 host city race, five candidate remain in the running. However, in recent weeks, Rotterdam and Maastricht have become the two favourites to win. Rotterdam seems to have the best venue and the most facilities. But rumours remain that the EBU already has its mind and heart set on the southern city of Maastricht.
Governor of Limburg Theo Bovens and mayor of Maastricht Annemarie Penn-te Strake have teamed up for the Maastricht/Limburg campaign. The city is definitely paying attention to the details — and that includes affordable accommodation for visitors.
At the end of May 2019, Maastricht’s venue MECC took the option of 3,000 hotel rooms. That means that they’ve reserved the rooms and locked the prices. That’s right. Even before the bidding process started the city froze the price of the 3,000 hotel rooms that they had reserved.
Three-thousand rooms in Maastricht already have affordable prices secured. The pricing agreement has been made in conjunction with the Maastricht umbrella organisation for hotels (SAHOT – Stichting Samenwerkende Hotels Maastricht).
Annemarie Penn-te Strake and Theo Bovens have also given some insight into ideas that Maastricht has for Eurovision. They have shared the ideas in an interview with Dutch newspaper Volkskrant. Earlier this month, Rotterdam council member Said Kasmi has given an insight on the ideas that Rotterdam has, if they win the bid.
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One of the ideas Maastricht has is to connect every country/delegation to one of the 43 neighbourhoods of the city. The idea is to bring music, food and entertainment of that country to the neighbourhood. The delegation of that country could also prepare a visit to the area. For this initiative the city has asked for the cooperation of the Hotelschool (Hotel Management School Maastricht) and the Kunstacademie (School of Arts). Both have confirmed their participation in the project.
The Sphinx Kwartier (Sphinx Quarter) is an older industrial area in the city. It’s currently getting a makeover to become an urban hub for living, entertainment, working and entrepreneurship. Governor Theo Bovens thinks in particular that De Gashouder — a formerly derelict gas holder — in the Sphinx Quarter can play a role in ESC 2020. In recent years it’s been transformed into an event location.
What do you think of the ideas of Maastricht? Will 3,000 hotel rooms be sufficient? Are Rotterdam and Maastricht really the only viable options at this point? Let us know in the comments below!