Playa Oro in Puerto Vallarta officially received the International Blue Flag Certification on Monday, August 1, 2016. This week’s certification makes Puerto Vallarta the area with the most certified beaches in the country.
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The certifications reinforce tourism and economic competitiveness in the area. To ensure the achievement of these awards, beach activities are regulated to provide services with international standards, water quality and the management of waste.
“This award enables destinations to compete in three main areas: tourism, being an attraction for domestic and foreign visitors; social, offering quality spaces for residents and tourists; and environmental, to conserve and preserve the environment,” said Blue Flag national coordinator, Joaquin Arturo Diaz.
The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach, marina or sustainable boating tourism operator meets its stringent standards.
The Blue Flag is a trademark owned by FEE which is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation consisting of 65 organisations in 60 member countries in Europe, Africa, Oceania, Asia, North America and South America.
FEE’s Blue Flag criteria include standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria. The Blue Flag is sought for beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators as an indication of their high environmental and quality standards.