Forty-one beaches in Wales earned the Blue Flag
award this year, 21 of them in the north.
North Tyneside Council recently scooped the prestigious Blue Flag
award for Tynemouth Longsands, King Edward's Bay and Whitley Bay for the 20th year in a row.
The institutions' Representatives along with the hotel guests and the students welcomed the Blue Flag
, which arrived to the beach of Creta Maris with a parachute by the air
Environment Minister Alan Kelly said: "A blue flag
flying at a particular location means that it has achieved excellent water quality to standards set by European and national regulations and a very high grade across a wide range of other criteria.
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A range of measures need to be met in order for a beach to be handed a Blue Flag
Rest Bay in Porthcawl, which has been awarded a Blue Flag
for the quality of its beach
Eight beaches in the region have been named among the best in the country in the prestigious Blue Flag
and Seaside Awards announced today.
Sofitel The Palm Dubai has received the Blue Flag
certification for its environmental management practices.
The nearly 230-kilometre beach was on December 23 decorated with a Blue Flag
, an international certification awarded to safe beaches and marinas by the non-profit eco-governing body, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
Seven UAECebeaches have been added to the Blue Flag
Currently 18 beaches and six marinas in the UAE have the Blue Flag
certification out of 83 private beaches, 33 public beaches and 24 marinas.
Fifty seven beaches in Cyprus have been awarded the Blue Flag
this year on the basis of environmental management criteria covering sewage treatment, coastal planning and protection, bathing water quality, safety and services and environmental education.
TEESSIDE beaches have failed to win a single Blue Flag
or Seaside Award this year, despite millions spent on improvements at resorts such as Redcar.
Penmaenmawr in Conwy and Tywyn, Gwynedd, all gained blue flag
status issued by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for facilities, environmental management, water quality and all-round cleanliness.