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Blue Flag hoisted for 2nd season at Las Cuevas, Trinidad

Blue Flag hoisted for 2nd season at Las Cuevas, Trinidad (Forimmediaterelease.net) PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - As Trinidad and Tobago gets ready to welcome thousands of visitors for the 2015/2016 cruise season, the Honorable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, raised the Blue Flag for a second season at the Las Cuevas Beach Facility on Tuesday, November 17.

Trinidad’s Las Cuevas Bay is currently the only Blue Flag certified beach in the Southern English-speaking Caribbean. Blue Flag is an international certification which is awarded to beaches and marinas which meet strict criteria for sustainable development, water quality, environmental education and management, safety and security.

Upon raising the Blue Flag at the entrance of the Las Cuevas Beach facility, the Honorable Shamfa Cudjoe emphasized that “It is, indeed, a proud moment for Trinidad and Tobago as the picturesque Las Cuevas beach on our north east coast once again receives Blue Flag certification. As you may be aware, Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches, boats and marina’s that meet excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. For locals and visitors alike, this means that you can now look forward to an improved visitor experience at the Las Cuevas Beach Facility as Blue Flag is an important program of sound ecological practices, community efforts and coastal protection. Citizens can be proud as our Blue Flag status has the potential to raise the profile of destination Trinidad and Tobago.”

“Indeed,” Minister Cudjoe added, “the Ministry will continue to focus its efforts and available resources to continue to meet the criteria of the programme as the ability to provide quality and environmentally sustainable beach space has been, and remains, a major consideration and a key success factor for our local tourism industry.”

“I would like to reassure the national population that the Ministry of Tourism will continue to create initiatives that seek to protect the environment and to encourage local communities, businesses and schools to do their part to protect the nation’s diverse and fragile coastal ecosystems. As is always the case in tourism, success can only be achieved if all the stakeholders contribute towards a common objective for the ultimate benefit of the industry. We can all agree that tourism is the source of livelihood for several persons, therefore, it is crucial that those who are involved in managing or operating services on our beaches keep in mind the need to care for this vital asset and ensure that their users have a positive experience.”

Minister Cudjoe also pointed out that citizens and tourists who use these beaches have a duty to ensure that these are enjoyed in a civic and sustainable manner. “The Blue Flag programme doesn’t end here at Las Cuevas beach as it is our intention to extend our national program to the ever popular Maracas Beach and partner with the Tobago House of Assembly for our beautiful beaches in our sister isle of Tobago,” she revealed.

Also speaking at the event was the National Coordinator, Blue Flag Trinidad and Tobago, Joanna Moses-Wothke, who congratulated the TDC on maintaining Blue Flag status at Las Cuevas beach for a second season. “Around the world many organizations have challenges in maintaining certification,” she revealed while addressing the officials from the Ministry of Tourism, TDC and members of the Blue Flag National Jury who are tasked with reviewing the certification status of local candidates.

Moses-Wothke also presented Minister Cudjoe with a Blue Flag pin prior to Tourism Minister hoisting the flag at the entrance of the Las Cuevas Beach Facility. The raising of the Blue Flag at Las Cuevas symbolizes the start of the one-year season which ends in November 2016.

About Trinidad & Tobago

Home to the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago is the southernmost Caribbean nation located seven miles east off the Venezuelan coast. Ranked the happiest nation in the Caribbean by the United Nations’ World Happiness Report ( http://worldhappiness.report/ ), in 2013 and 2015, the destination’s distinct and harmonious blend of cultures, eclectic cuisine and environmental treasures continue to attract travelers of all ages to its shores. Birthplace of the limbo and the world famous steelpan, the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century, as well as a diverse mix of monthly festivals and events ( http://gotrinidadandtobago.com/events/calendar-of-events/ ), it’s little wonder that Trinidad is known as the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean.’ Sister island Tobago offers a quintessential Caribbean vibe with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco attractions. Tobago is home to the largest brain coral in the Western Hemisphere and the oldest protected reserve in the Western hemisphere, The Main Ridge Rainforest. Come and explore Trinidad and Tobago - the true Caribbean!

For more information on Trinidad & Tobago, visit www.goTrinidadandTobago.com or www.visittobago.gov.tt

Follow Trinidad and Tobago on Facebook www.facebook.com/islandsoftrinidadandtobago

PHOTO: Minister of Tourism, Hon. Shamfa Cudjoe & TDC's CEO Mr. Keith Chin at Las Cuevas Beach Facility

MEDIA CONTACT: Corporate Communications, Tourism Development Company Limited, Phone: 868.675.7034, E-mail: info@tdc.co.tt , Web: www.tdc.co.tt

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