Mexico became the first country in Latin America to obtain the distinctive Blue Flag with 53 beaches and two national marinas, thus consolidating its leadership in education and social and environmental responsibility, said the Ministry of Tourism.
The agency reported that it received notification from the Blue Flag International Jury that awarded the badge to Mexican beaches in the 2018-2019 season.
In a statement, the federal agency said that with the 35 beaches that already had the Blue Flag status and were renewed, 18 new Mexican sun and beach destinations were added this year.
The new additional beaches that qualified for Blue Flag status were in the states of Baja California Sur, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Quintana Roo.
During the Second Meeting of the Blue Flag 2018 Jury, Joaquín Díaz, executive director of the Foundation for Environmental Education in Mexico, announced the updated beach certifications made by its president, Lourdes Colón Díaz.
“The International Jury congratulates the national winners for increasing the number of sites and encourages national operators to implement the blue flag for operators of sustainable tourism boats in Mexico,” said Colón Díaz.
The beaches and marinas that obtained international recognition will be obliged to maintain improvements in the environment of their areas and should strive to conserve or improve information management, education and environmental management, water quality, safety and services, and social responsibility, the statement explained.