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owns the Lodge?: Please clarify if private, family, public, municipal,
NGO, cooperative, as well as the nationality and place of birth of the
manages the Lodge?
many rooms are there?
many beds are there?
many employees are there?
many employees are from the same village / city?
applicable, do employees or the community own any shares or share part of
(1.h) What is the total area of the land?
(1.i) What is the total area of the Lodge including
rooms and common areas (in sq. metres)?
(1.j) What is the total building footprint (in sq.
has access to the Lodge’s facilities and its land and for what uses?
(1.l) What was the total turnover (total sales) of
your last year of operation? (please state in your local currency)
(2.a) Lodge Siting (how was location chosen):
(2.b) Policy followed during construction:
By local villagers.
- Please clarify cleaning method,
frequency & cleaning materials used.
(2.g) Water Management:
(2.i) Waste management:
(2.j) Insect, pest control:
(2.k) Energy Sources, Use & Saving Measures:
(2.l) Noise Protection:
(2.m) Accessible by public transport?:
(If yes, please
provide instructions from nearby city.)
(2.n) What is the recommended way of reaching your Lodge
from the nearest International airport?
(2.o) Distance from nearby village / city:
(2.p) Architectural Features:
(2.q) Construction Materials:
(2.r) Landscape Management:
(3.a) Initiation or participation in local projects:
(3.b) Contact, cooperation with local organisations:
(3.c) Direct Donations:
- Please expand, clarifying type of school donations
Donations of both cash and sundry items have been made at Um Chan Primary School. I attach a picture of me presenting the donation of funds raised from Brian & Karen Bayliss' fund raising photo exhibition undertaken at Gecko Villa. (the funds being donated are those from the event detailed in the photo below). I am in the light blue shirt whilst the man in the darker safari suit is the head of the local municipality receiving the donation for the nursery school. Sundry items include: blankets during cold season, a second hand computer, sports equipment and toys.
(3.d) Who took the initiative to build this Lodge?
- Is the original donor at all involved in the running or management of the property?
Yes, in website maintenance / development. The internet
connection at the property is via Aircard and the connection is relatively
slow whilst the donor has a high speed connection. The donor is a UK
national and checks spelling, grammar etc. The donor contributes as above
free of charge.
(3.e) Did the local community
participate in the decision-making process concerning the founding and
creation of this Lodge?
(3.f) How are profits distributed, and who decides about
(3.g) Are there any national and local taxes to be paid
or are you exempt?
- Why are you tax exempt, please clarify
The scale of the operation is below Thai taxable
incomes. Taxes are only assessed on an individual's earnings once they
reach THB150,000/year. Tax allowances beyond this are at a minimum of
(3.h) What percentage of consumables are locally
sourced, how many are nationally sourced, and how many are imported?
(3.i) Do you cultivate food for the guests?
(3.j) Do you have any agreements with local producers?
(3.k) Have ever you received any funding, state,
national, private or international and for what purposes?
- Please state amount of original donation.
(3.l) What is the average double room rate
(excluding breakfast) per room per night?
(4.a) Do your employees have health insurance?
(4.b) Do your employees have paid leave?
(4.c) Are your employees entitled to maternity leave?
- Is maternity leave paid?
(4.d) Do you pay your employees
above the minimum wage? (Please state minimum wage, and provide salary
(4.e) What is the total you paid for wages last year?
(excluding wages paid to yourself and members of your family)
(4.f) Average and maximum working day, and work hours
(4.g) Do you employ your staff all year round? (If
not, please explain arrangement)
(4.h) Do you employ immigrants? Are they offered the
same remuneration & benefits?
- Do you mean that Thai law
forbids employing immigrants?
(4.i) Do you employ trainees? Please explain what type
of tasks they perform, how much they are paid, how many hours do they work
and how do you source them?
- Do you also employ children
(4.j) Do you use volunteers? Please explain what tasks
they are given?
(4.k) Do you offer concessions to elderly visitors?
(4.l) Is there disabled access at your Lodge?
(4.m) What measures are in place to protect the local
(or the indigenous) population from some adverse impacts of tourism?
(4.n) Do you undertake any poverty reduction initiatives
or does your operation contribute to poverty reduction?
(4.o) Do you undertake any inequality reduction
initiatives or does your operation contribute to inequality reduction?
- This perception of Isan is
'commonly held' among whom?
(4.p) Do you undertake any injustice reduction
initiatives or does your operation contribute to injustice reduction?
(4.q) What is the minimum, average and maximum age of
(4.r) How many employees do you
(5.a) Is there a local community / e.g. a nearby
(5.b) Do guests interact with the local community and
(5.c) What type of information is
available to guests at the property?
(5.d) What type of activities are
available to guests at the property?
(5.e) Local guided tours for
(5.f) Events / presentations held at the facility so
(5.g) Specific programme for
(5.h) Research / Publications
produced / assisted by the property so far?
(5.i) Is the local community at all involved in the
operation of the Lodge and how?
(6.a). Please send links of
videos from your Lodge backing one or more of your answers, along with
brief description (50 words maximum) of what each video shows.
(6.b). Please state any green certificates won by the property and provide scanned photos of these.
(6.c). Have there been any independent (i.e. not paid or otherwise related to you) newspaper, radio, TV or guidebook reviews on your property, which may support any of your replies above? If so please provide detailed information, article photos and/or links (maximum 10 links please)
Sawasdee Magazine (Thai Airways) review by Tom Urquhart, “Keen to go Green”, July 09 (see below)
Property promoted by ResponsibleTravel.com The BBC filmed “Blood, Sweat and Takeaways” whilst based at the property in 2008.
(6.d). (Optional) Please propose up to 5 people with
full title and contact email details who are Tourism Academics or Tourism
Officials, who have visited your Lodge and are ready to publically back
your statements in this application.
(6.5). Please sign to indicate your agreement with the following:
I hereby declare that all my answers are true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and understand that I and/or my company will not have the right to veto or 'hide' our ECOCLUB Rating, which will be decided in the manner specified at http://www.ecoclub.com/rating if we find it unfavourable. I also understand that the rating will be valid for a minimum of 1 Year, and a maximum of 3 Years. By submitting this questionnaire I indicate acceptance of all ECOCLUB.com Rating terms, conditions and procedures as stated at http://www.ecoclub.com/rating and understand that these may be modified at any time without notice.
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Your Name: Bongkot Podaeng - Date: 4 December 2010
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