Bahamas. Atlantis Marina receives Blue Flag certification award Print E-mail
Friday, 03 November 2006
Marina news:

Atlantis Marina at the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag marina certification by the international, independent organization, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The Blue Flag signifies that stringent water quality, safety and environmental management and education programs have been established by the resort.

The Blue Flag is an exclusive eco-label awarded to over 3,100 beaches and marinas in 36 countries across Europe, Africa and the Caribbean each year. The Atlantis Marina was the only marina in The Bahamas to meet the 22 criteria necessary to receive the Blue Flag honor in 2006. Marinas and beaches participating in this voluntary program work with FEE to ensure the sustainable development of beaches and marinas around the globe.

“We have long been aware of the threats facing our oceans, and for many years we have been dedicated to promoting ocean awareness, conservation and education to our many guests and employees through development of innovative marine life habitats and programs. The Company is committed to extending these standards to our properties around the world. We have succeeded in building the world’s largest open-air marine habitat at Atlantis, Paradise Island, which has helped more than five million visitors to better understand our oceans’ ecosystems by putting them in contact with over 250 species of marine life,” said Sol Kerzner, Executive Chairman, Kerzner International. “I am so proud that we have reached another milestone in protecting our most valuable natural resource.”

In order to earn and retain Blue Flag status and standards, Atlantis has made several additions to its 63-slip luxury port. Signage displayed prominently at the marina office outlines the Atlantis Marina code of conduct, which includes proper disposal of recyclable goods in separate bins for oil, batteries and aluminum cans.

Additionally, the resort has partnered with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to publish a handbook which provides boaters with facts about the Islands of The Bahamas and the country’s precious marine resources, along with fish-catching laws, lists of indigenous endangered marine species and environmentally protected areas which are prohibited by watercraft.

“I am truly delighted that Atlantis Marina has become only the third marina in the region to be awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Certification,” said Earlston McPhee, General Manager of Planning Investment and Sustainable Tourism within The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “All of us, who invest, work and depend on the valuable resources which drive this important tourism industry must be cognizant of the fact that future economic and social opportunities are directly tied to our current management of these resources.”

The Blue Flag certification follows Kerzner International’s announcement a year ago to invest more than $5 million over five years to support Kerzner Marine Foundation (KMF), a non-profit foundation that seeks to foster the preservation and enhancement of global marine ecosystems through scientific research, education and community outreach.

The Foundation’s mission is to protect the integrity of tropical marine ecosystems around the world, with priority projects focused in The Caribbean, Asia and The Middle East on the development and management of marine protected areas (ocean sites that enjoy a level of protection similar to U.S. national parks), coral reef and cetacean conservation and local and global research.

About Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, The Bahamas

Atlantis, Paradise Island is the flagship resort of Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels. The 171-acre, 2,917-room, ocean-themed destination resort is located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas. This unique property features three interconnected hotel towers built around a 97-acre waterscape and over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. The Cove, Atlantis, the resort’s new 600 room all-suite tower, is scheduled to open in March, 2007, and features spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, unprecedented services and amenities, private all-adult and family pools, lavish cabanas and breathtaking views of the ocean. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world – second only to Mother Nature - there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. In January 2007, Atlantis will unveil AQUATOPIA, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling new water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects. Also opening in early 2007, the resort’s new dolphin interaction and education center, Dolphin Cay, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants. Atlantis is also known as the culinary destination in The Caribbean with a collection of restaurants from world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Bobby Flay and Angelo Elia. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops and the largest conference center, meeting and convention facilities in The Caribbean.
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