‘Blue flag’ period in blue tours

'Blue flag' period in blue tours

As every year, the “blue flag” application was implemented in boat tours, which attracted great interest during the pandemic process.

The “blue flag” application was also implemented on boats, which millions of holidaymakers prefer to visit the bays where blue and green merge and swim in cool waters every year. 519 beaches, 22 marinas, 6 individual yachts and 10 tourism boats won the “Blue Flag” award given by the International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). BLUE FLAGGED MARINAS AND TOURISM BOATS OF TURKEY
Turkish Environmental Education Foundation (TÜRÇEV) officials inspected the award-winning boats in Antalya’s Kemer and Kaş districts and delivered their certificates and blue flags. Boat owners, experiencing great happiness, started to take their visitors on a blue voyage with the flag they won.
TÜRÇEV Antalya Blue Flag Coordinator Mustafa Ergiydiren stated that the blue flag is a very respectable and environmentally friendly award. “Blue flag award was given to marina and individual yachts in Turkey, but tourism boats were given for the first time this year. This award will make a significant contribution to tourism. An award with international validity.”
Emphasizing that tourism boats fulfill certain criteria in order to win the award, Ergiydiren stated that guests should be informed about the places that are visited, sensitive areas and creatures such as caretta caretta and Mediterranean monk seal that are in danger of extinction. Ergiydiren stated that it is a condition to collect the wastes on the boat by separating them as glass, plastic and solid waste, and to give them to licensed companies.
Mentioning that there are motor yachts, charter and daily boats among the tourism boats that won the award, Ergiydiren said, “These boats are our eyes on the seas.
Eser Muslu, one of the boat owners who was awarded the blue flag, said that they provide a “blue tour” service to tourists with a daily excursion boat with a capacity of 54 passengers. Emphasizing that they are sensitive to the environment, Muslu said, “We have won the blue flag award for taking all the precautions on our boat and giving importance to the environment. We are very happy. We care about the health and safety of our guests.”
İlyas Kahraman, on the other hand, noted that they separated the wastes on their boats and gave detailed information to the guests about the regions visited. Stating that their boats have a capacity of 12 passengers and that they organize weekly tours between Antalya and Marmaris district of Muğla, Kahraman said, “Especially Europeans prefer blue flag beaches and boats. The quality of the water is very important with the cleanliness of the environment. We separate the garbage on the boat and deliver it to licensed companies at the port.” he said. BLUE JOURNEY IN THE AEGEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN COASTS

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