The National Blue Flag Award Ceremony organized by TÜRÇEV was held this year at Çeşme Ilıca Public Beach. Speaking at the ceremony, Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “52 Mavi, which is the sign of clean, safe and equipped beaches. Bayraklı The beach and its hygienic standards are determined, and the İzmir Çemberli facilities are immaculate in Izmir pandemic days. ”
Turkey Environment Education Foundation (TÜRÇEV) organized every year by the National Blue Flag Award Ceremony this year, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and the Municipality was held in Çeşme Spa Cesme hosted by Public Beach. Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “Today, we are happy to have a blue flag on Ilıca Beach, the Ilıca Beach Café to be included in the orange circle, that is, Ilıca Beach has a double certificate. We call it Izmir time to swim fully, sunbathe and spend a pleasant holiday. 52 Blue, a sign of clean, safe and equipped beaches Bayraklı The beach is clean with its orange-circle businesses, where hygiene standards are set, also in Izmir pandemic days. ”
“Blue Flag is an international environmental award”
With the efforts carried out by the Blue Flag Coordination Unit established by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, the blue flag was sent to the Ilica Beach, which is one of the five public beaches that will start to serve as a blue flag for the first time this year. Speaking at the ceremony, President Soyer said, “In addition to 12 private facilities over 13 sampling points awarded in Çeşme, Ilıca Public Beach has received this award for the first time and this ceremony is held in Ilıca. The Blue Flag Program, implemented in 50 countries of the world, is a very important international environmental award given to beaches and marinas in the tourism industry. The Blue Flag internationally confirms the cleanliness of sea water, the importance given to environmental management, the hygiene and reliability of beaches or marinas. In this period when we live in a global pandemic, the blue flag application is a very important tourism communication for local and foreign tourists. Because for a beach to receive a Blue Flag, it must have met many criteria successfully. For this reason, special studies are being carried out in the cities, the facilities of sewage and treatment facilities are improved, and comprehensive studies are carried out to prevent any dirty currents coming from land to sea and pollution from the sea to the shore. ”
"First time in Turkey was founded in a municipality"
Within the scope of the 2020 awards announced by TÜRÇEV, Soyer 10 Blue in 52 districts in Izmir Bayraklı Saying that it is a beach, he continued as follows: “Our country ranks third after Spain and Greece with its number of award-winning beaches. Our aim in İzmir is to raise our country to a higher level in the world scale by increasing the number of blue flag beaches. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Blue in 10 districts Bayraklı In order to ensure the coordination of public beaches and increase the number of public beaches in İzmir, the Blue Flag Coordination Unit has been established. Turkey for the first time within the framework of the work undertaken since the November 2019 this unit was established in a municipality, Blue in Izmir Bayraklı we managed to increase the number of public beaches. With the support of our unit's coordination, five more public beaches in İzmir won the Blue Flag this year. Thus, for the first time this summer, Çeşme Ilıca Public Beach, Güzelbahçe 2nd Harbor Public Beach, TCDD Urla Education and Recreation Facilities, Urla Blue Beach and Urla Çamlıçay Public Beach will start to serve with blue flags. ”
“Now we say Izmir time”
Emphasizing that the coronavirus epidemic has changed the priorities of tourists in their holiday preferences, Soyer said, “While the pre-Pandemic beauty of a tourism region, the facilities of the tourism facility or the services it offers were the reason for preference, the health conditions and hygiene conditions of the sea, the facility and the food and beverage establishments of the destination, the priority of the tourists. started to be. For these reasons, we accelerated our work with all our stakeholders in the city to make İzmir a reliable tourism region. We have established a Tourism Hygiene Board. This Board has determined the standards to be applied in the enterprises in İzmir within the framework of national hygiene standards set by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which are applied worldwide. In order to make İzmir and its districts a place where all tourists from Turkey and abroad can come safely, we started the Orange Circle application, the first attempt in our country to set a hygiene standard at the local level. The Orange Circle certificate is becoming widespread every day in many places such as hotels, restaurants, historical Kemeraltı bazaar in Izmir. In summary, we aim to make our city a global tourism destination with all our tourism stakeholders in İzmir. We are now talking about Izmir time for swimming, sunbathing and having a pleasant holiday. ”
“We aim for world first place”
Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said, “Tourism is perhaps the biggest challenge in the world in terms of both economic and public perception and determination. It is very important to raise the standards that everyone accepts in this struggle and document your success internationally. The blue flag is also a serious indicator in this sense. As Turkey, we increased the number of blue flag third in the world in 2008 2015 and 2016 we set up a second, "he said. Ersoy said that they are trying to be the first in the world in the blue flag and stated that they will fulfill their responsibilities as a ministry.
Izmir is Turkey's pupil
İzmir Governor Yavuz Selim Köşger said, “The advanced and developed countries are the countries that reconstruct every square centimeter of their homeland and employ the ideal of the country without marginalizing each individual. We each square centimeter of our country, especially to a city zoning became Turkey's Izmir pupil as always we will do good work together, "he said.
TÜRÇEV President Rıza Tevfik Epikmen said, “This year we experienced something very beautiful. He established the Blue Flag Unit within a metropolitan municipality. Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer employs 50 lifeguards and enabled the district municipalities to start working on the blue flag beaches. Antalya Metropolitan Municipality also did the same work. I hope all the metropolitan municipalities will establish a Blue Flag Unit within their body. Today we draw the blue flag symbolically. This year the blue flag will also be sent on behalf of all 486 beaches and 22 marinas in Turkey. Again, as a result of great efforts, we increased our flag count and our third place continues in the world. ”
“May our seas win”
Fountain Mayor Ekrem rate Muammar The National Real Estate from renting municipal agency Ilica Beach last year they offer free services to people with businesses Misc best public beaches of Turkey said that the selection of the happy.
Tuncay Özkan, Deputy Chairman of CHP said, “May the blue flags always win our seas. The Republic of Turkey is a big country, this country will reconstruct things Fountain, Izmir, Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is the place where the sun illuminates something of breed, "he said.
Thank you plaques were awarded
Before the Blue Flag was withdrawn, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy gave a plaque of appreciation to İzmir Governor Yavuz Salim Köşger, Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer and Çeşme Mayor Muammer Ekrem Oran. Throughout the ceremony, the coast guard boat symbolically waved 10 blue flags at sea. 4-year-old Doğa Deniz Karataş gave a symbolic blue flag from the security boat to the Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy on the shore of the sea.