It’s a seaside town located just a few kilometres from Venice and a popular destination for beachgoers from Austria, Germany, France and The Netherlands. And now the Adriatic resort of Jesolo is hoping that even more Europeans will dip their toes in its blessed waters as it bids to become Eurovision 2022 host city.
Jesolo — among Italy’s most popular beach destinations — easily meets the hotel and airport requirements laid down by the EBU and Italian broadcaster RAI. It has two airports nearby. Marco Polo Airport in Venice is the third largest in the country based on passenger numbers and welcomes flights from dozens of European hubs (Munich, Madrid and Moscow to name three) and long-haul destinations (like Atlanta, Doha and Seoul). It’s just a thirty minute bus ride to Jesolo. Treviso Airport is a hub for low-cost airlines like Pobeda (Moscow), Ryanair (Bordeaux, Dublin, Kyiv, Manchester, Tel Aviv and beyond) and Wizz Air (including Bucharest, Skopje and Tirana). It’s about 45 minutes from the Jesolo city centre.
Crucially, there are more than 370 hotels in the area, which means it meets the requirement for at least 2,000 hotel rooms.
Jesolo applies to be Eurovision 2022 host city with PalaInvent
As Italian web site EuroFestival News reports, the JesoloVenice Consortium is pushing the initiative with the full support of Jesolo’s mayor Valerio Zoggia.
Luigi Pasqualinotto — the boss of the JesoloVenice Consortium — said:
“Ours is a city with an international outlook that’s used to hosting and organizing large events. If we look at the last few years in Jesolo, we have had events such as the Beach Bum Rock Festival, Miss Italia, the Full Moon DJ Superstar [and] the Air Show (the largest and most important civil air show).”
That’s all well and good. But the city’s proposed venues don’t meet the requirements.
The bid cites the PalaInvent — formerly known as the Palazzo del Turismo — a multipurpose space dedicated to sports, concerts, exhibitions and fairs. It can seat just 4,000 people — far fewer than the 8,000 – 10,000 minimum required by the EBU.
But Jesolo also mentions its famous “lighthouse area”, which has, in the past, welcomed up to 15,000 people at outdoor events. But the key word there is outdoor. The EBU requires that the Eurovision venue be covered.
Will Jesolo somehow boost the capacity of the exhibition centre? Will it erect a covered structure in its lighthouse area? If they’re serious about their bid, they’ll need to take one of these paths.
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