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Mexico to have 12 additional Blue Flag certified sites for the 2024-2025 season

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — For the 2024-2025 season, Mexico will have 78 beaches, two marinas and 40 sustainable tourism boats with the Blue Flag distinction. These figures are 12 more than last year and one of which includes a new Quintana Roo site, reported the Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués.

He says Mexico confirms its first place position on the continent and tenth worldwide as well as the first global position in terms of certified tourist boats.

He specified that with just over 15,000 kilometers of coastline, Mexico’s beautiful beaches continue to be one of the main travel motivators for tourists.

The Secretary of Tourism pointed out that in this matter, significant progress has been made such as the implementation of Kuxatur, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program, with financing of $7.2 million dollars from the Fund for the Global Environment, applying in the La Paz-Sierra La Laguna-Los Cabos corridor in Baja California Sur, the Huatulco-Chacahua corridor in Oaxaca and Maya Ka’an in Quintana Roo.

Quintana Roo will add Maya Ka’an to the upcoming Blue Flag list.

Blue Flag continues to be promoted, which since its inception, has sought, through environmental education practices, to raise awareness among tourists and residents about the relevance of ecosystems, particularly coastal ones.

He recognized the outstanding work of the Foundation for Environmental Education Mexico (FEE México), which over the years, has ensured compliance with the established standards to have beaches, marinas and boats of excellence.

He mentioned that Adaptur had financing of 5 million euros, granted by the German Agency for Cooperation for Sustainable Development, benefiting six destinations: Riviera Nayarit-Jalisco, Mayan Riviera, San Miguel de Allende, Bravo Valley, Los Cabos and Mexico City.

Torruco Marqués stressed that Mexico has great natural wealth that is reflected in more than 138 million hectares of forests and jungles, 905 thousand hectares of mangroves, 226 Protected Natural Areas, in addition to multiple cultural attractions such as its 193 archaeological zones open to the public, 1,639 museums, 117,799 historical monuments from the 16th to the 14th century, as well as 177 Magic Towns.

Mexico will have 120 Blue Flag certified sites for the 2024-2025 season.

In addition, it is home to 35 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 10 cultural expressions designated Intangible Heritage of Humanity, positioning it in first place on the American continent and number seven worldwide with this type of designation.