Wednesday 11th August 2021 – PRESS RELEASE with Mike Smith
Turisme Comunitat Valenciana has allocated about 3.5 million euros in 2021 to guarantee the best level of quality on the beaches of all three provinces in the region. thanks to the investment made in 2020, close to 10 million euros, which served to promote actions that repaired and maintained facilities on beaches affected by storm Gloria.
Regional tourism secretary, Francesc Colomer, explained that “the budget for this year is destined to the maintenance of hygienic equipment and access to the beaches as well as the supply and installation of 40 structural networks on beaches in the Valencian region and the installation of 12 bathing areas for people with reduced mobility”, adding that “the objective is to maintain the quality services that our beaches offer and that have made them worthy of different distinctions“.
The Comunidad Valenciana has led the ranking of blue flags this year with 153 and, in addition, 177 beaches in the three provinces have obtained the Qualitur 2021 distinction. Thus, the coastline of the region stands out this summer for its service quality certificates (ISO 9001 and Q Mark); environmental management certificates (ISO 14001 or EMAS) and universal accessibility certificates based on national standards (UNE).
Colomer stressed that “this summer, Turisme Comunitat Valenciana has focused its actions and budget on beaches to guarantee this excellence”, claiming that work is already being done on the maintenance and conservation of sanitary hygienic equipment, such as footbaths, dressing rooms, bins of different uses and purposes; in the comfort of access to the beaches, such as the walkways of different widths and adapted to urban and natural beaches, as well as in recreational-sports areas, such as bio-healthy areas or games for different ages, for the enjoyment of tourists and residents.
The investment in the different maintenance services amounts to some 2.2 million euros, excluding VAT, in two annual instalments: 1.2 million euros in 2021 and an estimated investment of about one million euros in 2022. Likewise, 40 structural networks will be supplied and installed on beaches in the region for an amount of 600,000 euros plus VAT, while the installation of 12 Accessible Bathing Areas has an estimated investment of 288,000 euros plus VAT.
Infrastructures on the beaches by provinces
These new endowments will be added to the existing ones, which are detailed below by province.
As the moment, the beaches of the province of Alicante have a total of 957 footbaths, 60 changing booths; 40 pumping stations; 2 mobile charging points; 6 accessible bathing areas; 17,639 metres of walkways; 2,351 bins; 259 recycling bins; 80 recreational areas for children and youth games and 231 sports and bio-health areas.
The province of Castellón has 376 footbaths, 114 showers; 62 changing rooms; 17 pumping stations; 2 mobile charging points; 4 accessible bathing areas; 13,232 metres of walkways; 1,213 bins; 181 recycling bins; 52 recreational areas for children and youth games and 149 sports and bio-health areas.
The province of Valencia has 668 footbaths, 77 showers; 51 changing booths; 30 pumping stations; 2 mobile charging points; 2 accessible bathing areas; 24,087 metres of walkways; 2,576 bins; 270 recycling bins; 63 recreational areas for children and youth games and 231 sports and bio-health areas.