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Düsseldorf could build 'tent city' for Eurovision as hotels fill up

The Local · 21 Jan 2011, 15:15

Published: 21 Jan 2011 15:15 GMT+01:00

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The city has also appealed to the public for help in preventing an accommodations shortage. A website set up to facilitate flat and room rentals during the competition features more than 1,000 beds in private residences available for booking, according to the head of Düsseldorf Marketing and Tourism, Eva-Maria Illigen-Günther.

Illigen-Günther said hotels in central Düsseldorf are almost completely booked for the dates of Eurovision. If the number of hotel rooms and private residences for rent fall short, the city will weigh the option of a tent set-up.

Some 35,000 people are expected to attend the finale on May 14 at the city’s Esprit Arena, with more expected in the preceding days for rehearsals and the semifinals. Düsseldorf was chosen as the location for the 2011 event, after Hannover’s Lena Meyer-Landrut won last year’s competition and thus, hosting rights for Germany.

But Eurovision isn’t the only event set to draw visitors to Düsseldorf in May: The Interpack packaging trade fair will take place from May 12 and 18. Three years ago, some 180,000 people attended the exhibition.

Düsseldorf’s hotels only have about 23,400 beds available.

Meanwhile, the city is pushing forward with construction projects in the months leading up to Eurovision. The city expects there to be only about a dozen building sites around the city in May – a major reduction over initial expectations of three times that number. Large projects, such as the €650-million U-Bahn line, will be ongoing.

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Authorities see the building sites as an “expression of dynamism, growth and investment activity in Düsseldorf.” Some of the fencing around construction projects, which have a combined length of one-and-a-half kilometers, will be available for ad placement during the competition.


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Your comments about this article

16:56 January 21, 2011 by auniquecorn
Düsseldorf could, Not could, but Will triple the price per hotel room too.
17:02 January 21, 2011 by Al Davis
I've got a new 6 person tent, used once only 100 Euro. maybe I would make more money if I put it up and rented it out!
18:35 January 21, 2011 by JohnnesKönig

Home owners in Superbowl cites rent their houses out for big cash...
07:57 January 22, 2011 by pepsionice
I could see an RV camp being set up but tents? I can't think anyone agreeing to this deal. They ought to just go out to hotels within fifty miles and fix a bus system to bring folks into the town. Face it....the show building probably can't hold more 8,000 folks max. And a quarter of those folks will be locals.
12:13 January 22, 2011 by Yontrop
Has it been a year all ready?
17:23 February 7, 2011 by Frank34
Why not book early at this Best Western Dusseldorf hotel? www.savoy-hotel-dusseldorf.com
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