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Annual National Blue Flag Launch
October 7, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
You are warmly invited to join WESSA and Knysna Municipality at the launch of the Blue Flag South Africa 2014/15 Season.
The programme will include the announcement of all the beaches, marinas and boats that have successfully achieved full Blue Flag Status for the season ahead, as well as a keynote address by Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom.
RSVP by Monday 22 September to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 071 249 9713.
The exact venue is the eastern side of Quay Four, on the grassed area marked with a red dot on the map. Parking is available to the western side or alternatively in the parking garage in Plywood Lane (Erf 15227).
Requests for accommodation can be mailed to email@example.com or call 044 3825510 and request the bookings department.
Mr. Derek Hanekom, the new National Minister for Tourism will host the national launch of the annual Blue Flag season.
A feather in Knysna’s cap
Knysna Executive Mayor, Georlene Wolmarans, said that this is a feather in Knysna’s cap. “Tourism is one of the largest income generators in the world and it is also the main driving force behind Knysna’s economy. We are geared towards offering visitors service at international standards and are looking forward to welcome these delegates to the town. “
She said that Knysna is known for its natural resources; pristine beaches, dune areas and estuaries. “Over the last ten years Knysna has experienced tremendous growth and we are well aware of the impact it has had on our natural resources. Together with our partners we are doing everything possible to protect these natural resources.”
Wolmarans continued saying that the municipality also believes in investing in people. “Council is excited and in full support of the Blue Flag programme and the benefits derived from the programme. To participating municipalities Blue Flag sites are a source of income as tourism numbers increase, it creates job opportunities and infrastructure is improved. It also has a positive impact in terms of environmental management.”
According to Lauren Waring, Knysna’s municipal manager, it was not easy to achieve Blue Flag status. “33 main criteria spanning over four aspects of coastal management must be met – water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety and services. Council enjoys a good working relationship with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and we commend them for the substance, stringent framework and meticulous detail of the programme. Under their leadership the programme has grown significantly and each year sees new beaches being introduced to the programme.”