QualityCoast aims to establish a world wide network of coastal communities that share the same values and practices on sustainable development holistically integrating their natural, cultural and social values and that at the same time maintain high standards in the quality of their tourism.
QualityCoast provides new ways of cooperation between coastal communities. The communities will join a network of like-minded communities and be able to share their experiences and exchange best practices in order to improve sustainability in the fields of nature, environment and socio-economic. Furthermore, their performance in these fields can be connected to international tourism marketing through the QualityCoast Award.
QualityCoast has been developed for coastal communities: cities, towns and islands, at the level of municipalities, provinces and regions. Small adjacent communities can participate together in order to work more cost effectively; they can also apply for the QualityCoast Award together.
QualityCoast supports both the Blue Flag and the Green Key Programme: the Blue Flag programme specifically applies to beaches and marinas whilst the Green Key applies to accommodation. QualityCoast is, therefore, complementary to these programmes but is the only award for sustainable tourism at the level of coastal destinations: towns, small regions and islands. Non-compliance to the Blue Flag and Green key criteria does not rule out eligibility for QualityCoast.
13 coastal Local Authorities won the award for this year:
The Award ceremony will take place on 27th May, at Noordwijk, in the Netherlands. AKTI - Project and Research Center supports the award in Cyprus.
For more information: www.qualitycoast.net/