“The budget of Ultra Music Festival is 8 million euros. The city of Split, the state and the ministry should participate with between 10 and 20 percent of the budget, so that Split could keep Ultra in the next five-year period, from 2017 to 2022”, said the organizer of the Split spectacle Joe Bašić, according to a report in Slobodna Dalmacija on August 3, 2015.
Bašić has expressed his great satisfaction with this year’s co-operation with the city of Split, adding that Split has proved itself as a capable host that is able to support such a large event. He said that at this summer’s edition of the festival there were 15 percent more visitors and 60 percent less incidents than last year.
“Ultra 2016 will certainly be held in Split, on a somewhat later date, because of the European Football Championship that will be held in France from June 10 to July 10”, said Bašić. “Only with the financial assistance of the local and state institutions will Split be able to keep Ultra for the next five years. If that were to happen, and I hope it will, Split would be on an equal footing with Ultra in Miami in size and importance of the festival.”
During the seven days, the festival was visited by 150,000 people from 43 countries. Alijana Vukušić pointed out that, as far as the number of guests is concerned, Split had the best month of July ever, and Ultra is certainly at least partially responsible.
“Split had a 21 percent increase in arrivals and overnight stays in July, and all 19,000 registered beds in private accommodation were full during the Ultra Music Festival”, said Vukušić. This year, 15 percent more tickets were sold than last year, although the prices were 20 percent higher.