Tourism Blue Flag is a three year coastal tourism and youth development project implemented by WESSA in partnership with the National Department of Tourism.
This project aims to improve the experience of local, domestic and international visitors to our beaches, while simultaneously providing youth with accredited training with the ultimate goal of developing them for further employment in the coastal tourism sector.
200 participants have taken on the role of “Beach Stewards” at Blue Flag sites around the country with the aim of improving the experience of local, domestic and international visitors to our beaches.
The Beach Stewards are hosted by local coastal municipalities and are involved in activities such as monitoring of beach activities; conducting of visitor surveys as well as other data gathering; providing updates on weather and general beach-conditions via Twitter; coordinating fun and interactive environmental education activities for school-going children; assisting lifeguards by helping to improve water safety at the beach; and helping beach managers to maintain high Blue Flag standards relating to safety, environmental management, water quality and environmental education at their beaches. The Beach Stewards are also receiving accredited training in environmental education from WESSA.
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