PRESS RELEASE: Blue Flag worldwide reaches 4,500 sites

For the first time ever, the number of Blue Flag sites worldwide has reached 4,500 sites. At this year's Blue Flag International Jury on April 11,  more than 4,400 sites in the Northern Hemisphere were awarded the world’s leading tourism eco-label for the 2018 season. The newly awarded sites will be publicly displayed on this website on 24 May 2018.

The first Blue Flag International Jury meeting of 2018 was hosted by the Foundation for Environmental Education in Copenhagen, Denmark. Blue Flag welcomed a new jury member to its International Jury this year, Jesús Hernández-Galán representing the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT). Accessibility is one of the key qualities of Blue Flag awarded sites, which is why Blue Flag International decided to enlarge the International Jury to include an expert in the field of accessible tourism.

This year, the Blue Flag network is also expanding to new countries in Asia and South America, making the programme stronger in other parts of the world. The countries currently implementating the Blue Flag programme are Colombia, Finland (Aland Islands), India, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

The next meeting of the Blue Flag International Jury will take place in September to award beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators from the Caribbean, South America, Africa and southwest Pacific.

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The International Blue Flag Jury is composed of representatives from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), International Lifesaving Federation (ILS), the European Environment Agency (EEA), the European Union for Coastal Conservation (EUCC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an Environmental Education expert, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) and FEE. You can find out more about them on Blue Flag’s website.

The Blue Flag greatly appreciates the support of their sponsors: worldwide flag producer Semaphore and AccessRec which provides beach access for the disabled. 

 

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