Blue Flag was represented at the Georgian International Maritime Forum (GIMF) last month by Almila Kindan Cebbari, the Blue Flag National Operator from Turkey. The purpose of the September 10-14 forum was to discuss how to balance essential shipping activities with ocean health and sustainability.
The International Blue Flag Jury meeting took place on 5 September 2018, roughly a year after Hurricane Maria violently hit Puerto Rico and Hurricanes Irma and Jose devastated the Caribbean Islands and parts of the USA in September 2017. Among the countries proudly flying the Blue Flag in the region, Sint Maarten and the US Virgin Islands are still working to reestablish the Blue Flag criteria in the wake of the storms.
The Foundation for Environmental Education, through its Blue Flag certification, long recognised as the global benchmark for sustainable beaches, marinas and boat-based activities around the world, has signed an agreement with ENAT – The European Network for Accessible Tourism non-profit association to work together to promote access for all visitors to beaches, marinas and boat-based activities.
With more than 570 awarded beaches, Spain is the county with the highest amount of Blue Flag awarded sites worldwide. Three of these beaches belong to the municipality of Palafrugell in Girona. Since 2011 they actively participate in the monitoring of nearby Posidonia meadows, leading to many positive developments for local marine species.
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.
Blue Flag International is happy to announce the sites awarded for this coming season 2018. We would like to share stories and pictures from Spain, The Netherlands and Turkey with you.
Blue Flag International is happy to announce the sites awarded for this coming season 2018. We would like to share stories and/or pictures from Italy, Jordan and Slovenia with you.
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.
Beginning of March, Blue Flag International held a presentation on the importance of the international ecolabel for beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators and its different criteria at the international tourism fair ITB in Berlin (Germany).
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.