A photo from the presentation of the report into the socio-economic impact of Starlite. / josele

This year’s Starlite Festival received over 362,000 visitors, 80,000 more than in 2019

The event in Marbella this summer has contributed 315.5 million euros to Spain’s GDP, according to a report by the PwC consultancy

JOAQUINA DUEÑAS Marbella

Since 2012 the Starlite Catalan Occidente music festival has been filling the Nagüeles quarry in Marbella with music, and this has proved to be a record-breaking year as the event received 362,000 visitors, 80,000 more than in 2019.

The information is shown in a report on the socio-economic impact of Starlite drawn up by the PwC consultancy, which was presented recently, at which Ignacio Maluquer, the Starlite Group's executive president, explained that the results were excellent in a year which had been very complicated because so many other events had also been organised.

He also pointed out that nearly half of those attending the Starlite concerts (48.3%) were foreigners, with an average age of 39. The report shows that they spent over 600 euros a day in the area, slightly above the average amount spent by Spaniards, which was 527 euros.

When all the information is taken into account, PwC calculated that this year’s Starlite festival has contributed 315.5 million euros to Spain’s GDP. Since the first festival, ten years ago, it has generated 1.44 billion euros in total and more than 1.7 million people of 95 different nationalities have attended the concerts and other events.

The Starlite organisers expressed their gratitude for the involvement of public administrations in the event and the mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, said at the presentation of the report that she hoped the festival will continue for a long time to come, beyond the current concession which is due to expire in 2027.

The meeting was brought to a close by the Junta de Andalucía’s Minister of Tourism, Arturo Bernal, who said that “what makes a destination unique is its culture”, something to which the Starlite festival certainly contributes in Marbella.