ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Rating - Rules, Guidelines & Terms (Last update: 7 December 2016)
ECOCLUB.com - International Ecotourism Club operates a unique, free of charge, 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 direct democratic manner.
ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Rating is available, free of charge, to eco-friendly accommodation facilities which have been in continuous operation during the past year, including Boutique Hotels, B&Bs, Agritourism facilities and Camping sites.
To see the current ECOCLUB.com Rated Ecolodges click here.
STEP 1: The Ecolodge Owner completes an online application to express interest in being Rated.
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: ECOCLUB.com Rating Questionnaire Evaluation
If at least half of the questions have been replied, we will grant Applicants an Ecolodge Rating Candidate Status 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 3: ECOCLUB.com Member Vote
We will then ask our active Professional 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.com Ecolodge Rating. The ECOCLUB.com 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 4: Recognition as an ECOCLUB.com 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.com 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.com Rating Page for verification purposes.
1. The following accommodation types are not eligible: facilities owned by or affiliated with hotel chains, hotels owned by multinational corporations, hotels owned by tour operators, religious or political organisations, holiday-home developments, villas for rent, apartments for rent, facilities with captive wild animal displays, facilities which promote hunting, game fishing or fly-fishing.
2. Applicants do not have the right to veto or to request that their ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Rating Page is hidden if they find it unfavourable. All ECOCLUB.com 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.
3. 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.
4. An Ecolodge owner may request a new rating two years after the previous rating.
How to Proceed:
To request a free rating for your Ecolodge please complete the online application form.