Blue Flag fosters decent work conditions and economic growth

  • Blue Flag helps and promotes the creation of new jobs and the employment of local staff, through the sustainable development of sites and their surroundings.

  • Blue Flag addresses equitable employment and promotes inclusiveness through informing and engaging staff, guests and local communities.

  • The programme favours sustainable tourism in the seaside areas, enhancing in this way full and productive employment and minimizing the environmental footprint. Therefore, Blue Flag contributes to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland all the Blue Flag beaches and marinas play an important role in attracting tourism throughout the Country. The participating Blue Flag sites each host a series of events throughout the bathing season offering potential visitors plenty of opportunities to find something for them to enjoy. The hospitality sector in Northern Ireland also benefits greatly from the programme, due to the increased visitor numbers throughout the bathing season. Many of the Northern Irish Blue Flag sites have become renowned destinations for their stunning scenery, excellent water quality and the broad range of amenities on offer.


In Ukraine, Blue Flag helps developing modern beaches and coastal areas: for instance, recreation facilities and sustainable tourism infrastructures have been built in order to comply with the Blue Flag criteria and obtain the Blue Flag award, helping economic growth. This is a beneficial innovation for Ukraine as the new infrastructures built according to the Blue Flag standards are part of anti-coastal erosion projects, that were never erected before in Ukraine for such purposes. Blue Flag in Ukraine thus contributes to economic growth and to prevent environmental degradation.