Wales

Record 50 blue flags for Welsh beaches, marinas and tours

Rhossili beach

A record 50 sites in Wales have achieved blue flag status, including 45 beaches, three marinas and two boat tour operators.

In total, 98 sites have met the blue flag, green coast and seaside awards standards - 160 Coast Awards for Wales.

Blue Ocean Adventures in St Davids and Ribride at Menai Bridge are the first sustainable boat tour operators in the UK to achieve blue flag status.

The awards mark the 30th anniversary of the blue flag programme.

Lesley Jones, chief executive for Keep Wales Tidy, said: "They act as a mark of excellence, ensuring sites are managed effectively and showcasing our beautiful country to an international audience."

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