Mexico registers more than a hundred applications for the Blue Flag Distinctions

When heading the 1st Meeting of the National Blue Flag Mexico Jury for the 2023-2024 season, the Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, indicated that 11 new candidacies from 9 beaches and 2 sustainable tourism boats were registered

(Source: SECTUR)

The Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, announced that for the 2023-2024 season, our country has registered 108 applications for renewal and obtaining the Blue Flag Distinctive on beaches, marinas and sustainable tourism vessels in 9 states. and 16 municipalities.

When heading the First Meeting of the National Blue Flag Mexico Jury for the 2023-2024 season, the head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) indicated that of the registered applications, 64 beaches, 2 marinas and 31 sustainable tourism boats are for renewal of the Distinctive, and 11 new applications from 9 beaches and 2 sustainable tourism boats were received.

He stressed that the certification represents an added value for any service provider, tourist sites or destinations, favoring its image before visitors, for this reason programs such as Blue Flag are promoted, which raises awareness among tourists and inhabitants about the relevance of ecosystems and particularly coastal systems.

"For this reason, the Ministry of Tourism recognizes the important work carried out by the Foundation for Environmental Education Mexico (FEE), through this program, which allows the development of environmental compliance evaluation processes," he declared.

Torruco Marqués stressed that the Blue Flag Distinction, awarded to beaches, marinas and sustainable tourism vessels, requires an adequate synergy between government authorities, users, civil society organizations and service providers, in order to build a new sustainable culture. In our country.

He pointed out that Mexico is an international benchmark in the number of Blue Flag sites, ranking first in the American continent and 11th in the world; while in terms of certified sustainable tourist boats, our country is located in the first position globally.

“Each joint action with Blue Flag is aligned with the guidelines established in the Tourism Sector Program and the National Development Plan, in which sustainability has a preponderant place. My appreciation to the authorities of the three levels of government, associations and private sector actors involved in this important task of conserving beaches and marinas”, he added.

The Secretary of Tourism highlighted that our country is vast in natural resources, such as its 137 million hectares of forests and jungles, almost 776 thousand hectares of mangroves, 185 Protected Natural Areas and just over 15 thousand kilometers of coastline, which are home to beaches of incomparable beauty.

In this sense, he assured that the beaches of Mexico attract the gaze of numerous national and foreign tourists, becoming an important travel motivator, so it is imperative to seek their preservation, care and protection under a responsible and sustainable vision.

"The setting and environment in which tourism operates has been transformed, and it is necessary to ensure that tourism is in a position to continue to be viable and successful," he said.

The head of Sectur specified that the establishment of the National Blue Flag Mexico Jury for the 2023-2024 season will contribute to the process of reactivating the tourism sector in our country, which is becoming increasingly stronger and has a promising horizon.

For his part, Joaquín Díaz Ríos, executive director of FEE México, recognized the coordinated work that sensitizes the importance of caring for Mexico's environmental assets, by presenting these solid candidacies.

He commented that the Blue Flag program has grown steadily, allowing the creation and development of strengths that make destinations more competitive worldwide. He highlighted that Mexico is an example in this matter, by sharing with Argentina, Chile and the United States, the knowledge of how Blue Flags operate in Mexico.

In the First Meeting of the National Blue Flag Mexico Jury for the 2023-2024 season, the Undersecretary of Tourism, Humberto Hernández Haddad; the general director of Tourism Certification of Sectur, José Zeind Domínguez; the general director of the Federal Maritime Land Zone and Coastal Environments of Semarnat, María de los Ángeles Cauich García; and the executive director of Evidence and Risk Management of Cofepris, Juan León Ojeda.

In addition to the president of the Mexican Center for Environmental Law, Gustavo Alanís Ortega; the president of Libre Acceso AC, Laura Lizbeth Bermejo Molina; and the counselor of Concanaco Servytur, Jorge Espinoza representing its president José Héctor Tejada Shaar.

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