Tel Aviv to Build 'Tent City' With Glamping Options for 2,000 Eurovision Attendees

Campsite will be set up in the Yarkon Park, close to the EXPO Tel Aviv, where the pan-European music competition is to take place. The event is expected to attract over 10,000 international visitors

File photo: Israelis celebrate after Netta Barzilai wins Eurovision 2018, Tel Aviv, May 13, 2018.
Tomer Appelbaum

Two thousand of the tourists heading to Israel for the Eurovision Song Contest in May will be able to opt for urban camping rather than expensive hotels.

The Tel Aviv municipality announced Tuesday that it had approved the building of the "Tent City," which which will offer basic camping, "glamping" - which refers to a more glamorous form of camping - and luxury caravans. 

The campsite will be set up in the Yarkon Park, close to the EXPO Tel Aviv, where the pan-European music competition is to take place. 

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The event is expected to attract over 10,000 international visitors to Tel Aviv, which is home to some 430,000 people.

While Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa Ron Huldai described the camping options as "affordable," the city did not release prices.

The campsite is to include showering areas, a recreation and party area, food and beverages stalls and a bike rental spot.

The already-expensive hotel prices are skyrocketing for reservations at the time of the event. 

In November, a municipality spokesperson told dpa that they were working on a collaboration with two cruise ships to offer accommodation to hundreds of guests on the water. 

"Tourism in Israel reached an all-time high this year; this momentum creates new challenges, especially in regards to accommodation," Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said Tuesday.

Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, thus bringing the Eurovision to Israel this year.

Dozens of cultural figures had criticized the decision to allow Israel to host the show and called for a boycott, accusing the country of human rights abuses against Palestinians.