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110 BLUE FLAGS ON TURKEY'S SHORES IN 2001
2001 / JULY
As an increasingly popular holiday destination, particularly during the summer season, Turkey is proud that the number of its beaches and marinas to be granted the Blue Flag award has risen from 90 last year to 110 this year.

Altogether 99 Turkish beaches and 11 marinas are now entitled to fly the Blue Flag. The province of Antalya, the ultimate destination for sea, sun and sand holidays, leads with no less than 54 flags. The lively city itself, its spectacular environs, and many historic monuments and ancient cities, attract the largest number of both Turkish and foreign tourists of any Turkish province.

The Blue Flag beaches range from Konyaalti Beach in the city, to those at Alanya to the east and to the vast Patara Beach to the west. The most surprising place on the Blue Flag list is the inland city of Elazig, which has been awarded two flags for beaches on the shore of Lake Hazar.
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110 BLUE FLAGS ON TURKEY'S SHORES IN 2001
2001 / JULY
The Blue Flag awards are presented annually on the basis of evaluations by the European Foundation of Environmental Education, according to European Union health, safety and amenities standards for beaches, and environmental conservation criteria for marinas.

The awards are an influential factor in the tourism market, since holidaymakers preferred destinations with Blue Flag beaches, and Europe's leading tour operators give priority to these destinations. The Blue Flag programme operates in countries which are members or candidates for membership of the European Union. Beaches likely to meet Blue Flag standards are initially selected by the Turkish Foundation for Environmental Education, and samples of sea water are analysed every fifteen days throughout the season by the ministries of Tourism and Health in cooperation with the foundation.
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110 BLUE FLAGS ON TURKEY'S SHORES IN 2001
2001 / JULY
In addition facilities such as showers, lavatories, first aid posts, life-saving services, and amenities for the disabled are inspected.

This year the European selection committee awarded Blue Flags to 2038 beaches and 708 marinas in Europe. Of the total 2746 Blue Flags awarded this year, 1685 went to countries located on the Northern Mediterranean coast, including Turkey.
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