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[Tourist friendly zone flag] image by Ivan Sache, 7 February 2010

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Quoting "JetSetCD", "Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide", 5 February 2010:

"[...] finding the areas that remain as safe to tourists in the day and at night has become much easier with the introduction of a new purple flag system to highlight neighborhoods that stay tourist-friendly at night.
[...] it seems to be an extremely new initiative; indeed London's popular Leicester Square and Covent Garden were the first locations in the city to receive their purple flags, and they only got them at the end of January.
And the flags won't just be awarded to small areas like Leicester Square, but whole town can earn them by keeping crime rates extremely low, having a healthy and safe nightlife with a mix of offers (not just pubs or clubs), and installing nice additions like info-boards with maps and helpful information. In fact, the town of Kingston-upon-Thames is up to receive the next purple flag, and Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford and Bath are hoping they'll be next. Sounds like a pretty novel idea, but who's going to go looking for a purple flag at night?!"

The article has a colour photo showing the purple flag hoisted on a street lamp, location unspecified

In the "Daily Mail", 22 January 2010, Jo Tweedy reports the awarding of the Purple Flag to Leicester Square and Covent Garden, adding that: "The Purple Flag scheme, backed by the Home Office, wants to encourage more travelers to visit cities between the hours of 5pm and 6am."

David Barrett aired the project in "The Telegraph", 20 December 2008:
The most crucial factor in qualifying for a purple flag will be whether there is a mix of pubs, restaurants, cafés and entertainment venues such as theatres, cinemas and galleries rather than a concentration on venues which attract young binge-drinkers.
Six areas, Westminster, Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford, Bath and Kingston upon Thames, have applied to become the first purple flag areas. The flag could be awarded to the whole of a local council area or to specific areas within a town centre.
The purple flag scheme will bear similarities with the green flag scheme for parks and gardens, which is also operated by the Civic Trust.

Ivan Sache, 7 February 2010