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Eurovision Song Contest 2015: The Winner is Vienna

Published: August 6, 2014; 15:00 · (Vindobona)

"As an internationally-minded city, Vienna is the best venue for this event, and will prove its cosmopolitan nature to the international public. Most importantly, we want the Song Contest on 23 May 2015 to be a cause for celebration for everyone in Vienna - locals and guests alike." says Mayor Michael Häupl.

Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Takes Place in Vienna / Picture: © Wikipedia / AxG

"We are happy the 60th Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be held in Vienna”, the city's Mayor Michael Häupl and Executive City Councillor Christian Oxonitsch stressed after the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF had announced the decision.

"As an internationally-minded city, Vienna is the best venue for this event, and will prove its cosmopolitan nature to the international public. Most importantly, we want the Song Contest on 23 May 2015 to be a cause for celebration for everyone in Vienna - locals and guests alike."

Infrastructure requirements fulfilled

Vienna offers optimal framework conditions for hosting the 60th Eurovision Song Contest and showcasing the best sides of Austria before an international audience.

With direct flights from over 177 destinations and 1,000 train connections per day, the Austrian capital is easy to reach.

There are 50,000 hotel beds within five kilometres of Wiener Stadthalle, where the Song Contest will be held.

Vienna also boasts 150 other event locations and 7,400 restaurants or inns.

At the same time, the city may rely on its long-standing experience as a city of congresses and concerts, of the annual Life Ball and the UEFA European Soccer Championship in 2008 - to quote but some examples.

Wiener Stadthalle counts among the top ten event locations in Europe.

With six event halls it offers sufficient space for a major event like the ESC.

The multifunctional premises can be adapted to a variety of requirements; after all, nearly 300 different events are held here every year.

Support from the City of Vienna

For the European Song Contest, the City of Vienna will put the entire premises of Wiener Stadthalle at the disposal of ORF, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, and bear the costs involved.

All accredited participants and journalists from abroad will be able to travel on Vienna's dense public transport network free of charge.

Vienna will also make available busses for delegations.

The city contributes significantly to making the 2015 Song Contest a "green event".

The City of Vienna will also bear part of the costs for the public fan area "Euro-Village".

After all, the ESC is to become a great event for both locals and guests in Vienna.

Stadt Wien Marketing and WienTourismus will support the ORF with their comprehensive know-how and experience.

Altogether, Vienna provides services for a total EUR 11.71 million to the ORF for the project.

Advertising effect for Vienna

At the same time, Vienna stands to profit from the European Song Contest. Apart from added sales and revenue for local businesses during the event, the advertising effect is considerable: the event will be broadcast live from Vienna to about 40 nations with a total audience of up to 180 million.

Further Information can be found here: www.eurovision.tv