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.

Eurovision 2022 host city: Which cities have applied?

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ROXELANA
ROXELANA
3 months ago

Is it true that Rome and Milan didn’t even apply?

Last edited 3 months ago by ROXELANA
Vincenzo
Vincenzo
3 months ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

For the moment there are no info if Rome and Milan did apply or not. Usually it’s their PR office who discloses the info. Probably they don’t want to burn their chances. A couple of candidatures are really ridiculous. As the last discosed one, the town of Bertinoro with Forlì and Cesena. Probably some of the administrators are not able to read italian, where it’s written the venue must have 8000/10000 seats.

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
3 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Lmao typical Mediterranean people 😀

All right, thanks for the information. 🙂

NscoN
NscoN
3 months ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

The mayor of Milan said that they were interested the day after Italy’s victory, so for me it’s 99% sure that there is a bid.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
3 months ago
Reply to  NscoN

With Milan, their arena looks to be booked throughout May, with no space. But if the city really wanted it, could they persuede them to rearrange these events and make room for Eurovision? Would that usually be a more attractive event?

Azaad
Azaad
3 months ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Depends on what they’ve had to cancel. I think Lombardy (the region where Milan is) being hit so badly by Covid and the 2026 Olympics means that Milan isn’t that enthusiastic to host right now.

Una
Una
3 months ago

When will EBU confirm the host city? Articles on every single bid!!

Ideas for further articles other than the usual wishlist regarding artists:

  • timeline for the 2022 edition: host venue confirmation date; provisional participation confirmation date; final participation confirmation date; confirmed countries so far.
  • what went well and what went wrong for every country this past Eurovision edition of 2021.
  • suggestions for improvement for participating countries.
  • favourite song per country starting the 2000 edition and reasons why.
Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Usually end of august/ beginning of september

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Thanks for this.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

I like your suggestions.

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Awww, thanks!! Please add if you think of more topics.

Rose
Rose
3 months ago

I’ve been to Jesolo. The beach is gorgeous at night and early morning.

Milan
Milan
3 months ago
Reply to  Rose

Yes, very nice at night!

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

LOL every year we have the joke bids (remember Israel’s city in the deep south suggesting a similar open air venue).

It’s cute because they want to promote their city but it’s a waste of time from their side.

Turin or Bologna are going to get this.

Jo.
Jo.
3 months ago

wasn’t expecting for this ^^

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
3 months ago

Good on them for trying!

I always enjoy these bids, however small and unlikely. I appreciate the enthusiasm. Dare to Dream isn’t it?