The entertainments company Orange Market, had its bid to stage the opening ceremony of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, accepted and processed in just 11 days, even though it was priced higher than that stipulated by regional government.
On September 1, 2008, three companies, Orange Market, Inmotion and Concepto Alternativo, were invited to tender for the contract, which was set at 500,000 euros.
On September 9, Orange Market presented its bid, which offered to stage the opening ceremony for 516,000 euros and just three days later the bid was accepted and the contracts were signed by a representative of Orange Market and Arantxa Vallés the boss of the company that look after mage and promotion for the Valencia government.
Just six days after signing the contract the Volvo Ocean Race opening ceremony was held.
Questions are now being asked as to how Orange Market was able to plan and execute the event in just six days starting from scratch.