Background & Principles: ECOCLUB.com - International Ecotourism Club operates an ecological and transparent ecotourism rating system based on our Criteria for an Ecological & Socially Just Tourism, promoting & recognising change through and within Tourism, at the grassroots level. Launched in January 2008, our rating process keeps evolving and is an integral part of ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Membership. We minimise impact on the environment: no flashy brochures & gimmicks, no travel involved, the whole process is completed online and ratings are determined in a democratic manner. To see the current ECOCLUB.com Rated Ecolodges click here.
STEP 1: Applicant completes the ECOCLUB.com Rating Questionnaire
Eligible Applicants will be asked to complete the ECOCLUB.com Rating Questionnaire and explain in detail, providing pictorial and/or video evidence on how they meet each one of our five criteria.
STEP 2: Questionnaire replies are evaluated and if satisfactory Membership is granted
The ECOCLUB.com Team will then evaluate the Questionnaire Replies and may ask for additional information, clarifications or evidence. When we feel that the questionnaire has been fully and satisfactorily replied we will grant your Lodge Ecolodge Membership and the ECOCLUB.com Rating procedure will take place.
STEP 3: ECOCLUB.com Rating takes place
The ECOCLUB.com Team uses the Questionnaire Replies to prepare a Rating Page for the Ecolodge. We reserve the right to edit application text and images for clarity & space, to meet maximum allowed word counts, and so as to remove non-relevant, non-informative & brochure-type data. We then ask our active Members to review the Ecolodges' Rating Page and rate the Ecolodge 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 stars should be awarded, when it is nearly met 4 stars, when it is partly met 3 stars, when it is not at all met but considerable effort is currently being made to meet it 2 stars, when it is not at all met but some effort has been made to meet the specific criterion 1 star and if it is not at all met and no effort has been made no stars (0) should be awarded. We then add the partial ratings of each criteria to produce the overall ECOCLUB.com Rating based on the average of all rating received.
Recognition as Ecolodge Member:
Rated Lodges are recognised as "Ecolodge Members", are entitled to display a personalised "Ecolodge Member" Logo and enjoy additional promotion on our website.
Displaying the ECOCLUB.com Rating Logo:
Ecolodge Members are allowed to display a personalised ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Member Logo and/or a personalised ECOCLUB.com Rating Logo (available upon request) on their website. The Logo(s) should be linked to their ECOCLUB.com Rating Page for verification purposes.
The ECOCLUB.com Rating is valid for a minimum of one year and for as long as the Ecolodge continues to operate under the same ownership. This means that the ECOCLUB.com Rating Page and the ECOCLUB.com Rating cannot be amended before one year has passed from online publication. After one year, the Applicant may request a new ECOCLUB.com Rating. However, even before one year has passed, if solid evidence emerges that there is a significant deterioration in circumstances, conditions and effects related to the Lodge's operation, ECOCLUB.com reserves the right to post this evidence, or a relevant statement in the Lodge's Rating page.
1. Applicants do not have the right to veto or 'hide' a rating, if they find it unfavourable or if Ecolodge Membership was not granted. All Ratings are permanently displayed. When there is a new rating for a Lodge, or the Lodge ceases to be a Member, the old rating 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 Rating Application, to suspend or terminate the Rating Application 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 Lodge please review the Ecolodge Membership Benefits & Obligations.