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Increasing figures show Brits are favouring to holiday in their own country for convenience and with the growing appeal of Britain as a holiday resort, it is comforting to know that we still possess clean, safe beaches that last year alone attracted 13% more Brits than the previous year.

The Blue Flags and Quality Coast Awards (QCA) have been busy inspecting and awarding beaches across the UK. Coming up trumps this year with the most awards is Torbay, along with our very own Isle of Wight both receiving an impressive 14 awards for their clean sea waters.

The Isle of Wight won three Blue Flags and eleven Quality Coast Awards which is an outstanding achievement for the island and will certainly help attract more people to Isle of Wight breaks.

To know that the island has picked up these awards, the Quality Coast Awards focussing on raising the standards and is a symbol of quality along with the Blue Flag, which concentrates on water quality and environmental education, reinforces the high standard of beaches available.

In total, 150 beaches across the country were recognised by ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ a charity working towards anti litter. Blue Flag status was awarded to 71 beaches and QCA awarded 111 beaches in total.

The Isle of Wight has a large array of beaches on offer, this year’s Blue Flag awards go to Shanklin, Ventnor and Sandown whilst the QCA is awarded to Gurnard, Seagrove, Springvale, Totland, Yaverland, East Cowes, Cowes, Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown. This year will see another flood of tourists choosing Isle of Wight Short Breaks across the summer which will only help propel the Isle of Wight into a real holiday destination contender.

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