Year of the Sea 2018 is now underway and we’re proud to be joining in the celebration of our epic shores. But this year is even more special as it also marks 30 years of Blue Flag in Wales. 

Cefn Sidan in Carmarthenshire was the first beach in Wales to achieve Blue Flag status in 1988. Since then the programme has gone from strength to strength. Last year saw a record-breaking 50 Blue Flags flying in Wales – more per mile than anywhere else in the UK – with 45 beaches, three marinas and two boat tour operators celebrating international success.

In 2018, we have a unique opportunity to raise the profile of Blue Flag nationally and internationally.

To help you make the most of this year and celebrate your Blue Flag success, we’ve created a range of content and free resources.

Get the Blue Flag look

Our special anniversary logo to can be included in all your online and printed material.

Spread the word

We’ve developed promotional copy to help you communicate the importance of Blue Flag status.

  • Blue Flag is a world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe.
  • For three decades, the international Blue Flag programme, which is owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and run by Keep Wales Tidy, has had a transformational impact on water quality, environmental awareness and protection, safety and services.

You’re also welcome to make use of the following quote from Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive Lesley Jones:

As we celebrate 30 years of Blue Flag in Wales, it is important to recognise the importance of the awards in attracting tourism to support the local economy, giving our communities a rightful sense of pride and promoting environmental awareness and protection.  Congratulations and a massive thank you to everyone involved in managing and caring for our coastline; ensuring that the Welsh coast continues to be a wonderful place for visitors and local people alike, and that our precious environment is protected and cherished.

Make the most of social media

We’ve created a series of Blue Flag themed social media banners, perfect for helping you to spread the word on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Don’t forget to follow @Keep_Wales_Tidy and @KWTCoast for all the latest on Blue Flag and tag any posts with the dedicated hashtags #BlueFlag30 #YFanerLas30 – we’re keen to share your news and events.

What Blue Flag means to Wales

In case you were in any doubt of the reach of Blue Flag, a recent national survey revealed the importance of Blue Flag award to visitors and businesses across the country.

It showed that more than 96% of people are aware of the international Blue Flag programme, with 90% understanding the award stands for cleanliness, safety and water quality. Businesses surveyed said overwhelmingly consider Blue Flag to have a positive impact on their business, with 82% saying it helps bring more visitors to the area.

By utilising Year of the Sea and the 30th anniversary of Blue Flag, we have the potential to build on these promising results and put Wales on the map as a 21st century, sustainable destination.

For further communications support, please contact Amy Lloyd on 07875 662803.

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