The EBU is still to confirm which scenario will be used for Eurovision 2021 — but the hotels of Rotterdam are planning for the best. The city’s accommodation providers have 3000 rooms reserved for the delegations expected to travel to Rotterdam for Eurovision 2021.
Roel Dusseldorp, the chairman of the Rotterdam Hotel Association (RHC), has told local newspaper AD that a block booking was made last year, after the EBU confirmed that Eurovision 2021 would stay in Rotterdam.
The hotels of Rotterdam have essentially kept the same number of bookings that were in place for Eurovision 2020. The rooms are held for the competing delegations, journalists and organisers of Eurovision itself — however at this stage, it’s not confirmed if the same numbers of delegation members and journalists will be able to travel to Rotterdam in May.
Each delegation will keep their 2020 booking and will stay in the same accommodation that was previously booked for them last year.
Dusseldorp says that the Eurovision bookings are a positive step for the hotels of Rotterdam, who have been coping with a drop in guest numbers due to the pandemic. He said, “The number of guests can be counted on one hand. We are now purely open out of service.”
He also notes that if Eurovision 2021 will also allow for a live audience, the hotels of Rotterdam will also be able to accommodate them. While Rotterdam hotels were nearly booked out this time last year, many rooms currently remain available.
The four potential scenarios of Eurovision 2021
While the bookings have been made, they aren’t confirmed yet. The EBU will first have to decide which scenario Eurovision 2021 will use — and with it, how many delegation members and media will come to Rotterdam.
The EBU has planned four scenarios that will ensure the song contest can go ahead regardless of any restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic. However, only one of the scenarios allows for “business as usual” numbers of delegations and media.
That’s Scenario A — essentially a pre-pandemic Eurovision. It would involve a packed arena audience and regular size delegations and media. However, this seems very unlikely for 2021.
Scenario B is a socially distant Eurovision. It would still involve a live audience, but with smaller and socially distanced seating. It would also require a reduction in the number of delegation members and media.
Scenario C is similar to B, but also allows for some delegations to stay in their home country and perform remotely. This scenario therefore would have even fewer delegation members.
Scenario D is Eurovision in lockdown. The show would still go ahead, but with no live audience. All artists would participate via a pre-recorded performance that will be presented from the show at Ahoy Arena. In this scenario, there would be no delegations or media in Rotterdam.
Eurovision 2021 producers recently confirmed that a decision on which scenario will be used is expected to be made sometime in February.
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