Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Coast Award winners – ranking Welsh beaches, marinas and boat tour operators among the best in the world. 

An incredible 98 sites have met the high standards needed to receive the prestigious Blue Flag, Green Coast Award and Seaside Award – a grand total 160 awards for Wales. 

A record-breaking 50 Blue Flags are flying in Wales, with 45 beaches, three marinas and two boat tour operators celebrating international success.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the global Blue Flag programme, which is owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). For three decades, Blue Flag has had a transformational impact on water quality, environmental awareness, management and services. It has become a world-renowned eco-label with more than 4,000 award-winning sites in nearly 50 countries.

Blue Ocean Adventures in St Davids and Ribride at Menai Bridge are the first sustainable boat tour operators in the UK to achieve Blue Flag status –  reaching international standards in sustainability, safety and environmental education.

A further 25 beaches in Wales have gained the Green Coast Award – recognising the ‘hidden gems’ along our coastline – and a total of 85 beaches have achieved the Seaside Award for their good water quality and facilities.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said:

We all know Wales has some of the most stunning coastline anywhere in the world. Our beaches and coastal areas have long been a magnet for visitors from far and wide as well as being hugely popular with local communities.

The fact 50 sites can now proudly fly the Blue Flag and 98 sites in total have been recognised for the quality of their water and facilities is excellent news. This can only have a positive effect on tourism and, in turn, provide a welcome boost for the economy.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy said:

The Wales Coast Awards play a vital role in the continuing growth of coastal and marine tourism. They act as a mark of excellence, ensuring sites are managed effectively and showcasing our beautiful country to an international audience. Visitors to our award-winning beaches, marinas and boat tour operators can be sure they have arrived at a quality destination.

I’d like to congratulate our winners and thank everyone who has been involved in making this year’s Wales Coast Awards a great success.

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