The prestigious award acts as a guarantee to everyone that a marina is among the finest not only in the country, but around the world. The Blue Flag is also a mark of quality that sets the marina out as an asset to the community and local businesses.
In order to ensure the highest standards are maintained, Blue Flags must be renewed annually.
Any marina that can fulfil the criteria is eligible for a Blue Flag. As you would expect, the criteria are based around environmental education, information and management, safety and service and water quality. There is also provision for smaller marinas to enter into agreement with larger operators and/or local civic or private sites in order to provide the level and range of facilities required.
You can view a copy of the criteria and check eligibility.
In 2017 The Blue Flag programme is an official supporter of the UNWTO International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.