Beach Managers presented with Blue Flags for Gozo & Malta
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Mario de Marco, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and the Environment, today announced the commencement of the Blue Flag Season 2012.
The event included the presentation of Blue Flags to the Beach Managers of the five bays in Malta and one in Gozo that have been awarded the Blue Flag status.
They are Ramla l-Hamra in Gozo, the Riviera Bay in Ghajn Tuffieha, St George’s Bay, the Bugibba perched beach, Ghadira and Qawra point.
Another three beaches, namely Golden Bay, Fond Ghadir and the private bay at the Paradise Bay Resort Hotel in Cirkewwa were awarded the beach of quality award.
The Minister said that one of the criteria to achieve blue flag status was the bathing water quality.
The beach of quality award was given to those beaches which satisfied 70 per cent of the blue flag beach criteria.
The work for the beaches to get the blue flag award is coordinated between the Government, the Malta Tourism Authority and the Gaia Foundation.
The MTA managed four of the six beaches awarded the blue flag and financially assisted Gaia in the management of the other two – the Riviera and Ramla l-Hamra.
In all, the MTA invested around €700,000 in beach management including lifeguards, sand sifting, supervision and water quality tests.