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.
Blue Flag will be presenting at the IBF Berlin 2018 travel trade show on 7 March during the Pow-Wow for Tourism Professionals.
AccessRec and Blue Flag International have renewed their partnership in 2018, with the goal of making Blue Flag sites worldwide more accessible for all.
Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) is the FEE member organisation which runs the Blue Flag programme in Sint Maarten.
Our member organisation in South Africa, WESSA, has organised a ceremony celebrating the new Blue Flag season, which officially started on 1 November this year.
Each year, all Blue Flag National Operators from the network meet to discuss and exchange ideas about the technicalities of the programme, the strategy, best practices and other issues.
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.
"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."
In February 2017, the Foundation for Environmental Education and the World Cetacean Alliance have mutually recognised their work and respective fields of expertise by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
Starfish Dos from Costa Sol Cruceros was firstly awarded in 2016 with the Blue Flag for sustainable boating tourism operator, but it has been committed to the environment for a long time up to now.
Interview with Mr. Magino Corporan to Blue Flag International.
Mr. Magino Corporan is the Director of the National Council for Disability (CONADIS) in the Dominican Republic. The interview is produced by IDARD, Instituto de Derecho Ambiental de la Republica Dominicana, Blue Flag national operator in Dominican Republic.
One of the main values of the Blue Flag all over the world is that the beach belongs to all of us and as such should be accessible to all.
Blue Flag is partnering with UNWTO for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism of Development. 12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world. This is the major goal of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.
From 15 to 17 November, Sophie Bachet Granados, Blue Flag International Director, attended the METS, international boat fair in Amsterdam and the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference.
The OPERAs project, funded by the EU, is about moving away from what is fundamentally an academic concept (ecosystem services) towards practice.
Over 40 participants attended the two-days meeting and enjoyed excursions to Blue Flag beaches, marina and ecotourism activities in beautiful Puerto Rico.
The annual Blue Flag Awards celebrated the sustained partnerships that WESSA has built with key municipalities as well as committed private entities around the country. These Municipalities and private entities have recognised the value of Blue Flag not only to environmental management and education, but also to tourism, economic development and job creation.
More than 120 sites were awarded the world’s leading eco-label for the 2016-2017 season by the Blue Flag International Jury
The Shark Friendly Marinas Initiative aims to severely reduce shark mortality and save tens of thousands of sharks per year along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts by prohibiting the landing of any shark at participating marinas.