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July 20, 2011

Spain Recognized for Eco-Friendly Beaches

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle magazine

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has honored Spain with 603 Blue Flag awards for the 2011 season, recognizing the country’s commitment to developing its coastline in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

FEE is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that consists of 65 organizations in 60 member countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America. The Blue Flag trademark is awarded annually based on water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety and other services.

This year the accreditation was granted to 511 beaches and 92 marinas in Spain, including 117 beach and 13 marina awards for the region of Galicia, 104 beach and 12 marina awards for the Valencia region, 86 beach and 22 marina awards for Catalonia and 66 beach and 15 marina awards for Andalusia.

“Beach areas are of great importance to Spain¹s tourism,” said Notario Bodelón, Director of the Tourist Office of Spain in New York and Consul for Tourism Affairs. “We are honored to be recognized with the highest number of Blue Flag awards and will continue our commitment to eco-friendly growth and maintenance of Spain¹s coast.”

Visit www.spain.info.

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