Lisbon’s Tourist Tax to Finance Eurovision Song Contest 2018

August 03, 2017

Lisbon’s Tourist Tax to Finance Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Last week, Portugal’s national broadcaster RTP confirmed that Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is to take place in Lisbon’s MEO Arena in the Park of Nations (soooo excited!). RTP’s CEO, Mr. Goncalo Reis, said “We are very excited. We understand the responsibility and the complexity, but we also know that RTP, along with its partners, can grow with such opportunities and we are going to make the best of this opportunity.

The grand finale is scheduled for May 12 (read more about this). Hosting the event is a big honor and a perfect opportunity for the city to present itself to the world… well at least to the Eurovision world of fans ;). It is also a very expensive event to organize, and some countries struggle to put the financing together. Not Portugal though. Lisbon’s Mayor Mr. Fernando Medina confirmed to Portugal News, that the EUR 1 tourist tax that visitors pay when they stay in Lisbon, would easily cover the bill to stage the ESC events.

In 2016, the first year that the tourist tax was introduced, the city earned EUR 13.5 million. Given that the number of visitors to Portugal is on a continuous, steady increase year-to-year, this number should be easily achieved for this year and more importantly for 2018.

The national contest to select the Portuguese representation for 2018 will be held in March 2018, in Guimaraes in the north of Portugal. 

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