Denmark : ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’ accused of inflating Eurovision statistics

Wonderful Copenhagen. Photo : Wikipedia

Wonderful Copenhagen. Photo : Wikipedia

The Danish investigation on the overspend on Eurovision 2014 shows no sign of going away any time soon. In the latest twist it is being alleged that the tourist organisation ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’ inflated the Eurovision statistics for the city.

According to ‘’

“Following a long line of revelations about the enormous overspending at the Eurovision song contest in May, Wonderful Copenhagen is now facing disputed allegations that it vastly overstated the event’s impact on local tourism.”

According to reporting from Metroxpress – ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’ claimed that the Eurovision song contest brought in an additional 68,000 overnight stays while in fact the data suggests that this figure was only 3,000 additional overnight stays compared to the same month last year.

“It was 7.6 percent higher than the other weeks in May. How many came here because of Eurovision is hard to say. People were also here for reasons other than Eurovision,” Horesta spokeswoman Katia Østergaard told Metroxpress.

Metroxpress reported that, according to Horesta, there were 42,000 overnight stays in Copenhagen during the week of Eurovision, compared to 39,000 in May’s other months. Following the Metroxpress report, however, Horesta countered that the newspaper’s calculations were faulty and that the 42,000 figure actually represented the additional stays created by Eurovision.

However many hotels claimed that they were not sold out over the course of the Eurovision Song contest and that they did not experience a vast increase demand in accommodation.

Copenhagen’s national tourist attractions also said that they did not see any increase in visitors compared to the same period last year.

“We didn’t have more visitors in the museum’s collections or exhibitions as a result of Eurovision,” the National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst) told Metroxpress. The newspaper said that Tivoli, the Blue Planet and the Royal Theatre had a similar response.

The discrepancies did not sit well with Copenhagen City Council member Rasmus Jarlov.
“This indicates that the tourist organisation has used grossly inflated figures. It is strongly criticizable that they have misled the public and tricked people by making it look like a lot of tourists came to town,” Jarlov told Metroxpress.
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

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