ECOCLUB Ecolodge Rating - Rules, Guidelines & Terms (Last update: 20 September 2016)
Background & Principles: ECOCLUB - International Ecotourism Club operates a unique, Ecolodge Rating programme based on our Criteria for an Ecological Tourism. Launched in January 2008, our rating process keeps evolving. We minimise our rating systems impact on the environment: no flashy brochures & gimmicks, no travel involved, the whole process is completed online and ratings are determined in a transparent and democratic manner. To see the current ECOCLUB Rated Ecolodges click here.
Eligibility: ECOCLUB Ecolodge Rating is available, free of charge, to eco-friendly accommodation facilities which have been in operation for at least one year and during the past year, including Boutique Hotels, B&Bs, Agritourism facilities, Homestays and Camping sites.
The following types are not eligible: facilities owned by or affiliated with hotel chains, religious or political organisations, facilities with captive wild animal displays, facilities which promote hunting, game fishing or fly-fishing.
STEP 1: Applicant completes the ECOCLUB Ecolodge Rating Questionnaire
Eligible Applicants will be asked to complete the ECOCLUB.com Rating Questionnaire to the best of their ability and explain in detail, providing pictorial and video evidence on how they meet each one of our five criteria.
STEP 2: Questionnaire Replies Evaluation
If at least half of the questions have been replied, we will grant Applicants an Ecolodge Rating Candidate Status and the ECOCLUB Ecolodge Rating procedure will take place as detailed in Step 3.
STEP 3: Rating Page Preparation
We will use the Questionnaire Replies to prepare the Ecolodge Rating Page. We reserve the right to edit text and images for clarity & space.
STEP 4: Member Vote
We will then ask our active Members to review the Ecolodge Rating Page within 30 days and to offer a Rating. We recommend that each Member decides how to vote using the following method: Each criterion section in the Rating Questionnaire is of equal weight. The maximum rating score that can be awarded in each section is 5, and the minimum 0; when a criterion is fully met, 5 points should be awarded, 4 points when it is almost fully met, 3 points when it is partly met, 2 points when it is not met, but considerable effort is currently being made, 1 point when it is not met but some effort has been made, and no points at all if it is not at all met and no effort has been made. The average of all ratings received is then calculated and becomes the ECOCLUB Rating for the Ecolodge. The ECOCLUB Team does not vote. For maximum transparency, all voter names and their ratings will be published. Members who have a conflict of interest are not allowed to vote.
STEP 5: Recognition as an ECOCLUB Rated Ecolodge
Following the vote, if the accommodation facility has achieved an average rating of 2.5 or higher, it will be recognised as an "ECOCLUB Rated Ecolodge" and a personalised Logo is produced for display (optional) on the Ecolodge's website. If the Logo is displayed, we ask that it is linked to the Ecolodge's ECOCLUB Rating Page for verification purposes.
An Ecolodge owner may request a new rating two years after the previous rating.
1. Applicants do not have the right to veto or to request that their ECOCLUB Ecolodge Rating Page is hidden if they find it unfavourable. All ECOCLUB Ecolodge Rating Pages are permanently displayed. When there is a new Rating for a Lodge, the old Rating page may be moved to a publicly accessible online Archive with a link from the new rating page or index of ratings.
2. We reserve the right not to accept any Ecolodge Rating Application, to suspend or terminate the ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Rating process at any time and for any reason, to withdraw a rating if credible evidence which contradict claims in the rating application emerges, if there is a significant change in the facility details or surrounding area circumstances (e.g. war, civil unrest or violence), if the Ecolodge ceases to operate or is under new ownership.
How to Proceed:
To request a rating for your Accommodation facility, please complete the online application form.