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Swansea Bay celebrates Blue Flags and Green Coast success

Caswell Bay, Langland Bay and Port Eynon beaches on Gower have all been awarded the prestigious international Blue Flag status for 2018 - Year of the Sea.

Caswell Bay

The Blue Flag Award is a world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe. But this year is even more special as 2018 also marks 30 years of Blue Flag in Wales.

Swansea Marina has also retained its status as one of the few Blue Flag Marinas in Wales.

And Bracelet Bay has also received the coveted Green Coast Award in recognition of its untouched and rugged beauty. The award replaces the Blue Flag award but visitors can be assured that the beach and the water quality at Bracelet Bay are still of Blue Flag quality.

Green Coast recognises 'hidden gems' with excellent water quality and unspoiled environment, but without the infrastructure and intensive management generally associated with traditional seaside resorts.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "Our award-winning beaches are a real asset for the community and a catalyst for the tourism industry.

"A recent survey by Keep Wales Tidy showed that 82% of businesses thought that Blue Flags helped bring more visitors to the area. The Green Coast Award for Bracelet Bay makes it a unique location in Swansea because it has the best of both worlds - Blue Flag water quality and a perfect unspoiled atmosphere.

"A lot of investment goes into making sure locals and visitors can enjoy clean, safe and beautiful beaches all year-round and we are delighted to once again fly the Blue Flags at some of our most iconic Gower beaches as we celebrate the Year of the Sea."

For three decades, the international programme, which is owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and run by Keep Wales Tidy, has had a transformational impact on water quality, environmental awareness and protection, safety and services.

Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive Lesley Jones, said: "As we celebrate 30 years of Blue Flag in Wales, it is important to recognise the importance of the awards in attracting tourism to support the local economy, giving our communities a rightful sense of pride and promoting environmental awareness and protection.

"Congratulations and a massive thank you to everyone involved in managing and caring for our coastline; ensuring that the Welsh coast continues to be a wonderful place for visitors and local people alike, and that our precious environment is protected and cherished."

The 2018 Blue Flag and Green Coast awards come in the wake of Rhossili Bay being voted Wales' Best Beach 2018 and 3rd in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards.

Have a look at our dedicated beaches page for more information on our fantastic selection of beaches and bays around Swansea Bay: www.visitswanseabay.com/beaches

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