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Tulum mayor says they’re going for Blue Flag beach status

Tulum, Q.R. — The municipal administration of Tulum is working on certifying several of its beaches as Blue Flag.

In order to apply for certification, the municipality will have to comply with regulations established by the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources, National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection and the State Secretariat of the Environment, municipal president Víctor Mas Tah explained.

He said that they will hold meetings with officials from the different institutions related to the protection of the environment to understand the requirements so they can participate in the process of applying since he says, Tulum has world class beaches that are enjoyed by thousands of visitors each day.

“The beaches of our tourist destination attract thousands of tourists from different parts of the world for their beauty, so we will work hard to be among the best in the world,” he said.

Obtaining the Blue Flag certification will allow an added value to the destination, therefore, it represents a challenge to comply with the regulations established by the institutions that are responsible for the protection of the environment to qualify the beaches and grant us the distinction.

This, he continued, obliges us to comply with the high parameters of environmental regulations, therefore, the municipal government, citizens and tourists must take care of and keep the beaches clean and avoid pollution to generate positive results in tourism and economic benefits for the inhabitants of Tulum.

Víctor Mas Tah said that through municipal regulations, as well as state and federal laws, they seek to comply with environmental provisions such as the proper handling of garbage, promotion the zero plastic bags and straws campaign and all other products of this material.

“It is important to make people aware that beaches should be taken care of because they belong to everyone. Therefore, it is a responsibility to protect the environment, which not only needs to be free of garbage, but also of chemical products such as sunscreens, creams and other materials that can damage water and especially corals,” he concluded.