Marbella Mayor Angeles Muñoz explained how well the town had bounced back from past difficulties, during a recent breakfast meeting.
As she spoke it was obvious just how proud Muñoz is of the town’s progress. Her eyes shone as she explained that tourism expectations had been met and even surpassed in 2014 with a 94 per cent occupancy rate in October, higher even than August 2011.
In fact, the town was recognised in this year’s Tripadvisor Travellers Choice awards as the seventh best holiday destination in Spain.
More hotels aim to stay open over the winter season and the town has been promoting tourism internationally and is currently reaching out to the Chinese market.
Yet tourism is certainly not the only thing that has improved in Marbella. Confidence is on the rise with new businesses appearing every week and recent statistics gave the town as the seventh best Spanish city for total amounts of property sales, higher than regional capital Malaga. Taking into account population, Marbella came second with 14.28 transactions per 1,000 inhabitants, beaten only by Torrevieja with 20 per 1,000.
The town hall team has been working to clear debts left by previous councils and is now able to claim an average of just 34 days’ delay for payment to suppliers.
While the mayor was pleased with the work done by the council, she was quick to stress that there was always room for improvement and promised they would continue to strive to make Marbella the best tourist destination in Spain and the best place to live and work for local residents.