Marbella has raised to 18 beaches with the ‘Q’ certificate for tourist qualitywith the addition of awards to Real de Zaragoza, Río Verde and La Víbora, and is at the head of the ranking national in these distinctions granted by the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE), as reported this Wednesday by the mayoress, Ángeles Muñoz.
This has been highlighted by the councilor, who has raised, together with the president of ICTE, Miguel Mirones, the flags awarded to El Cable, pointing out that these awards “value the municipal effort to offer a high level of services to residents and tourists” and has reiterated the request to the central government to promote the breakwater project “so that the coast recovers its width”.
To these recognitions, another 15 flags of the new brand S are added, certification promoted by the same entity that recognizes the city’s commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability.
Specifically, they have obtained the ‘Q’ for quality the beaches of Cabopino, El Faro, La Venus, Puerto Banús, Nueva Andalucía, San Pedro de Alcántara, Casablanca, La Fontanilla, El Cable, Lindavista, Las Adelfas, La Bajadilla, Realejo, Nagüeles, Guadalmina, Río Verde, Real de Zaragoza and the Viper. For its part, the ‘S’ for sustainability flies in Guadalmina, Nagüeles, Realejo, La Bajadilla, Las Adelfas, Lindavista, El Cable, La Fontanilla, Casablanca, San Pedro de Alcántara, Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Banús, La Venus, El Faro and Cabopino.
The councilor thanked the work of the various delegations involved throughout the year in the maintenance of the municipal beaches, as well as businessmen in the sector, and recalled that Marbella “was a pioneer in accrediting with a solvent entity such as the ICTE all that work that is being done.”
“Unfortunately, the stabilization of the coastline does not depend on the City Council,” said the first mayor, who has stressed that “we will continue to ask the Ministry for Ecological Transition to issue the necessary environmental reports to start up the regeneration projects of our coast”.
The city increases certifications by 3
For his part, the president of ICTE congratulated the mayoress of Marbella “for the effort made that has allowed increase by three the number of certified beachesbecoming the municipality with the most ‘Q’ distinctions” and remarked that “contrary to what many think, tourism is the result of planning and organization”, a point in which he stressed that Marbella “is the example perfect of that joint work”.
“The flags represent safety and tranquility for visitors that they are enjoying certified sandbanks, water and tourist services”, indicated Mirones, who emphasized the importance of “introducing the sustainability criteria in coastal management because the issuing markets international organizations are demanding more and more responsible destinations in this area”.
To obtain the ‘Q’ quality mark, you must pass an external audit carried out by independent consultants approved by the ICTE and qualified in the management of public use of beaches and nautical-sports facilities. Specifically, aspects related to efficiency and safety are valued, such as the quality of sandbanks and water; the correct information to the public of the services; accessibility and lifeguard services, among others. Regarding sustainability, the S brand values the implementation of development objectives established by the UN in the environmental, social and economic fields.