ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Membership is a specialist support and promotion package offered free of charge to owners of eligible, genuine Ecolodges upon the successful completion of a Rating procedure.
Our Ecolodge Membership is a mutually beneficial relation and as such it involves benefits as well as obligations, as follows (last update 23 April 2014):
1. International Recognition as an Ecolodge - be recognised and promoted as an ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Member
2. Ecolodge Logo: A personalised logo for display in your website & literature. (logo format: jpg or gif graphic)
3. All Professional Membership benefits offered to the owner (or one of the co-owners) of the Ecolodge
Ecolodge Members are expected to fulfill the following criteria & obligations:
1. Identify as an ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Member by displaying the ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Member Logo on their website in a prominent manner at all times. In addition the Logo should be hyperlinked (clickable) to their Rating page for verification purposes.
2. Participate in a regular and meaningful manner in ECOCLUB.com such as by posting news from their areas, replying to relevant queries in the Mutual Aid Forum
3. Cooperate with the ECOCLUB.com Team so as to advance the theory and practice of Ecological & Equitable Tourism.
Eligible Accommodation facilities should be:
(a) of a size of 2 to 20 rooms (larger facilities are also considered as long as they are owned by worker-managed, municipal and other community-owned companies).
(b) locally-owned (including locally-residing expatriates) including by a family, a cooperative, a worker-managed company, a community (including joint-ventures where the community or the municipality owns at least a 33% share).
(c) in one of the following categories: Lodges, Inns, Guesthouses, Small Hotels, Organic Farms, Agrotourist, B&Bs and permanent Camping sites.
(d) legally licensed as tourism accommodation facilities.
(e) currently in full operation.
Ineligible Accommodation facilities include:
(a) those that are currently up for sale.
(b) those that are owned and/or leased and/or managed by a tour operator.
(c) Holiday Homes and Villas for rent on self-catering basis, condo hotels, time-shares & investor schemes, villa developments, golf resorts, all-inclusive luxury resorts, facilities owned or operated by chains, tour operators, religious organisations; facilities that organise, sell, promote or endorse militaristic or violent activities including hunting, game-fishing (or fly-fishing) and activities which involve abuse to animals.
HOW TO APPLY
Ecolodge Membership is free of charge. The joining procedure involves the following steps:
1. If you agree with the Terms, Benefits and Obligations and Terms as detailed on this page, please complete our online Ecolodge Membership Application Form.
2. If you meet our Eligibility Criteria we will ask you to complete a Questionnaire based on our five Ecological & Equitable Tourism Criteria.
3. We will evaluate your replies and if we feel you have fully and satisfactorily completed the Questionnaire we will accept you as an Ecolodge Member.
4. We will then produce a Rating Page using the information you have provided and ask our Members to rate your Lodge.
(1) "Ecolodge Membership" (hereafter 'Membership') is a free subscription service offered by ECOCLUB S.A. (hereafter 'We', 'us') to an INDIVIDUAL (hereafter 'Member', 'You') who is the owner or other official representative of a Lodge that in our view meets our Membership Criteria and completes the Membership procedure, as stated on this page (http://ecoclub.com/join/lodge). (2) Membership Benefits and Obligations and our Editorial policy are as stated on this page (http://ecoclub.com/join/lodge) and may be amended at any time without notice. Failure to Meet the Membership Obligations may result in a Membership Termination, Suspension or non-renewal. (3) Members should always act in a way that enhances the unity and strength of ECOCLUB.com and the quality of online content offered at ECOCLUB.com and be ready to assist other Members according to their abilities. They should also refrain from harassing other Members, post offensive, illegal and copyrighted material or material that directly goes against our philosophy and general aims, engage in excessive soliciting or in any form of spamming including message and post spamming and the posting of an excessive number of links to 3rd party websites. We reserve the right to edit the subject and content of all posts, articles and comments, or to delete these if editing is impractical, so as to meet the above requirements, and to warn, suspend or ban Members who in our view act in a disruptive manner. (4) Members should not compete with ECOCLUB.com by operating identical websites and offering identical services. (5) Members agree to indemnify us against any consequence resulting directly or indirectly from their being a Member. (6) We make no guarantees as to the quality, non-interruption, availability, performance or benefits of this service. All our services are subject to availability. (7) We do not guarantee any potential or speculated business profits or benefits attached to you being a Member. (8) Membership is granted to you as an individual and is not transferable. You should not share your Membership password otherwise your Membership will be immediately terminated, you will be banned from future use and legal action may be pursued. (9) Information that appears on the ECOCLUB.com website and email communications and in any Member sections such as the Projects, Jobs and Real Estate Databases is provided for your own personal and direct use only and it should not be resold in any way, re-transmitted, reproduced, broadcast or copied online or in any other form, without written permission. Violators will be instantly and permanently banned from Membership, while legal action may also be pursued. (10) By becoming a Member you agree to receive email communications from ECOCLUB. (11) You agree not to hold us responsible in relation to any damages caused by offering or failing to offer a Membership Benefit. (12) You are free to resign from your Membership at any time by sending an email notice to ECOCLUB S.A. In this case, no refund of the Ecolodge Membership fee (if applicable) will be made. (13) The provision of fraudulent information by you in your application form will lead to immediate termination of your Membership, with no refund. (14) We may also suspend or terminate your Membership for any reason and at any time. (15) In case the website ECOCLUB.com ceases operations, no refund will be due. (16) Upon expiry or termination of your Membership, you will immediately remove and destroy all information and promotional material that identifies you as a Member of ECOCLUB. (17) You agree to indemnify ECOCLUB S.A. against all claims made in relation to you and/or your Company. The payment of such indemnity shall not prevent us from seeking any and all damages suffered by us as a result of your illegal behaviour or breach of contract. (18) In the case of termination initiated by us we will refund any Membership fee paid -- if applicable -- minus 1/12th for every used month of your 1 Year Membership and minus 1/36th for every used month of your 3 Year Membership. Refund can only be made via PayPal. (19) However, your failure to meet any of these terms and conditions, or your engagement in illegal acts will lead to the immediate termination of your Membership, with no refund. (20) These terms and benefits can be updated and/or amended at any time without notice by posting at this webpage. It is your responsibility to periodically check this page for changes. (21) Any dispute arising from this Agreement will be referred to the Law Courts of Athens, Greece, according to the Greek Laws.