We are happy to announce that Blue Flag International will, not only be represented at the World Summit on Accessible Tourism on October 1-2, but was also selected to participate as an official speaker.
More than 4400 sites in the Northern Hemisphere were awarded the world’s leading tourism eco-label for the 2018 season by the Blue Flag International Jury on 11th April. For the first time ever, the number of Blue Flag sites worldwide is reaching 4 500 sites. The newly awarded sites will be publicly displayed on this website on 24 May 2018.
It's not just another day at the beach! On 26 February, South African Blue Flag National Operator WESSA held an event on Muizenberg beach in Cape Town to present amphibious wheelchairs to four municipal Blue Flag beaches in South Africa.
The International Blue Flag Jury meeting took place only a few hours before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico so violently on 19 September 2017, and a few days after Hurricanes Irma and Jose devastated the Caribbean Islands and the USA.
In Puerto Rico, the Marina Puerto del Rey and the companies ‘Sea Ventures Pro Dive Center’, ‘East Island Excursions’ and ‘Bellaventura Inc,’ came together to establish a collection center for first aid kits, food, water, clothing and construction material to deliver to the affected population in these islands.
TransEurope Marinas is an association of over 70 marinas across Europe, with a number of members who have been dedicated followers of the Blue Flag programme for twenty years.
The main beach in Portoroz, a small modern tourist resort close to the Adriatic pearl, the city of Piran, is a sandy beach with the Blue flag. And its sea bottom host very interesting species “Pinna nobilis”, common name the noble pen shell or fan mussel, a large marine bivalve mollusk in the family Pinnidae, the pen shells.
In 1987, 1 marina at the Wadden Island of Terschelling and the beaches of Noordwijk, Wadden Island Ameland, Veere and Westenschouwen received the first Blue Flag as the Blue Flag campaign started that year in The Netherlands.
Now, 30 years later, these locations have still Blue Flag, 30 years after each other. But the program increased in the Netherlands to 182 locations. 122 marina's, 8 inland beaches and 52 beaches at the Dutch North Sea coast.
At 18 May the municipality of The Hague hosted the 30st launch of Blue Flag in The Nehterlands. Al the Blue Flags from 1987 to 2017 waved at the pooles on the beach (thanks to the Blue Flag collegues of Portugal). A lot of school children helped to open the 2017 Blue Flag season by digging in the sand of the beach. They found the largest Blue Flag of the world and spread this big flag out over the beach.
The Blue Flag certificates were reached out to the beach and marina managers at the Olympic Top Sailing Centre at the Yachtclub Scheveningen.
"As we all know climate change is a new challenge that brings global tourism more risks than opportunities, predicts regional, seasonal and product redistribution of tourist flows. Consumer behaviour is changing rapidly; tourists are increasingly looking for green, responsible place. The Blue Flag is a promotional tool by which we can influence these decisions of consumers."
Cross Mediterranean countries Blue Flag Beach cleanups week under the international "clean seas" to start between 3-10 July.
13 countries around the Mediterranean are involved in an international campaign for protecting the marine environment "The Blue Flag Mediterranean week".
In the first week of July, beach clean ups will be organized in order to raise awareness in the public for protecting the shore and the marine environment. The initiative started from the idea that environment have no boundaries and the litter that thrown in one side of the Mediterranean will easily reach the other side. The organizations joined the clean up under the slogan "Caring for the sea that unite us"
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In the beginning of the bathing season an „Sun Eco" public service station was installed at the 1st Smiltyne beach (Klaipeda region). "Sun Eco“- is a multifunctional mobile device, which uses solar energy. The following facilities of the station are provided to the beach visitors:
* air compressor for pumping bikes tires and a fan to inflate water toys, water mattresses, game balls;
* charging facility for mobile devices as phones, computers, GPS devices;
* free Wi-Fi internet access;
* "Call“ button for disabled people, to invite a lifeguard for assistance.
"Sun Eco“ station can be adapted according to the season. The station can be used on the beaches, various popular touristic places, parks, for example, it can be installed during winter time as well, on a sledge on the frozen water pond. If climate conditions allow, station with wind power plant can be also used.
The Danish Outdoor Council hoisted the first Blue Flags in Denmark in the year of 1987. A total of 19 beaches were awarded that year. Out of the 19 beaches, one beach has managed to hoist the Blue Flag for 30 consecutive years. The beach is called Vedersø Klit and is situated in a dune landscape at the Danish Westcoast in Ringkoebing-Skjern Municipality. Maintaining the Blue Flag standard for 30 consecutive years is an outstanding achievement that called for a celebration on site.
On June 5th The Danish Outdoor Council and Ringkoebing-Skjern municipality had a 30 year Blue Flag celebration on the beach with speaches from the chairman of the Danish Outdoor Council and the chairman of the environmental board of the municipality. The 30 year anniversary flag was hoisted to start the event. Two nature guides conducted different environmental educational activities through out the event and local outdoor organizations had information about coastal recreational activities. The Blue Flag was hoisted and saluted by 8 black powder cannons. The last part of the event consisted of liter picking on the beach with food and something to drink for the litter pickers after a job well done.
Vedersø Klit is also one of the pilot beaches that has tested the sea bin idea this winter, and the idea has worked really well. The municipality has now decided to implement seabins at all their beaches. Thanks to Netherlands and France for the inspiration!