Greece Places 3rd Worldwide in Blue Flag Awards
For the first time the publication of global results of the Blue Flag award system has been presented as an official awards ceremony which took place on Wednesday, May 25th at the Porto Carras Resort in Halkidiki, northern Greece.
Greece placed 3rd worldwide for 2016 with 430 awarded beaches and 9 marinas. Spain took the top spot with 588 Blue Flag beaches, followed by Turkey in 2nd place with 444.
Greece's total matches its ranking from 2015. Halkidiki was the top awarded region, with 52 Blue Flags. Until this year, the announcement of the Blue Flag award for the beaches of the 50 countries participating in the program took the form of a press release from the office of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) in Denmark.
The day of the ceremony began with workshops for Halkidiki primary school students which was followed by a demonstration of a rescue at sea by the Greek Rescue Team. The ceremony's climax was the announcement of the 50 country rankings by the school kids, which took place on the beach of the resort in the presence of participants and guests.
The FEE awarded 3,462 beaches this year and 660 marinas, along with 21 yachts, a new award category.