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.
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.
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.
The Responsible Pet Ownership project was one of five environmental outreach activities completed by the TDC in order to maintain the Las Cuevas beach facility’s Blue Flag status.
The first Russian Blue Flag beach is located in the Jantarny village, Kaliningrad region, and stretches along the coast of the Baltic Sea over 300 meters with fine white sand.
For the year 2016, 120 technical managers responsible for the management of beaches within 25 wilayas and prefectures (locals’ authorities) and over 55 coastal municipalities have been trained in beach management.
For testing the feasibility of Blue Flag’s new criteria for sustainable boating tourism operators, Vincent Shacks, Blue Flag National Operator in South Africa visited a shark cage diving tour operator in False Bay. Although the encounter with the Great White Sharks was the highlight of his tour, the professional insights he gained into the industry were of equal value for him.
The International Blue Flag Awards have recognised ten of Northern Ireland’s beaches as “world class” for their facilities and water quality. The new Minister for Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs, Michelle McIlveen, attended the ceremony as her first public event.
Las Cuevas Beach, located on the north coast of Trinidad, is the only Blue Flag certified beach in the southern English-speaking Caribbean since January 2015 and an important turtle nesting ground in the Caribbean.