REVIEWS contributions FAQ
The following Q&A should hopefully answer your questions. If not, that’s a welcome excuse for a chat! Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
- WHO CAN WRITE REVIEWS FOR SITSPOT?
Anyone who has personally experienced an accommodation or activity that they want to reward for the way they support the SitSpot values. You don’t have to be a certified sustainability auditor! What you need is a responsible mindset, passion for encouraging sustainable practices, and a keen eye for some simple details. Above all, it’s about the urge to share your SitSpot with like-minded travellers, that special place where you found joy and peace.
- WHAT SORT OF THINGS CAN I REVIEW?
The first category is accommodations and includes farms, cottages, ecolodges, hotels (preferably small family owned), and campsites. The second category is experiences and includes food, sport, art classes, guided walks, and much more.
- THE HOTEL I JUST STAYED AT OFFERS PAPER STRAWS AT THE BAR. SHALL I WRITE THEM A REVIEW?
Well, it depends you see. We want your reviews to recognise the businesses who understand their impact and their responsibility in lowering it. Businesses that demonstrate their efforts in the daily running of their operations, who engage their guests in their mission and champion a conscious travel culture.
Geographical, economic and cultural diversity must be considered though. If your hotel was in London or Berlin where – halleluiah! – plastic straws are now pretty much a vilified object of the past, and if the establishment doesn’t particularly distinguish itself with any other sustainability achievements, then we advise not to bother. But if the place where a bartender offered a paper straw for your sugar cane juice was in remote Luang Namtha, Laos, and the place also offers a water refill station and none of the places around do, then it might be worth giving them a thumbs up.
Remember that responsible tourism isn’t just a measure of CO2 emissions, but also about how tourism providers foster a culture that facilitates a meaningful and responsible connection with wildlife and local communities.
As you may have noticed, there’s no hard and fast rule. What we advise is to be observant, engage in conversation with the businesses, and trust your instincts.
- What criteria does the place or experience need to have in order for me to review it on SITSPOT?
The key differentiator for SitSpot is that reviews are based on a set of ethical values and emotional benefits. In other words, we don’t give a monkey’s whether the hotel has a business centre and free parking. What we’re dying to know is for example, whether they grow their own food and ban disposable plastic. Here are some ideas for what you may have noticed at your review destination: (check the form for more details).
– limited usage of disposables
– effort to preserve natural resources
– good offering of vegetarian/vegan options
– opportunity to connect with myself (focus on wellbeing)
– opportunity to connect with nature (beautiful natural surroundings)
– opportunity to connect with the local communities
- My friend told me about this amazing place he stayed at. Can I write the review for her?
No. Integrity and accuracy of the review are paramount, so we only allow reviews of places you have experienced yourself.
- WHAT IS THE PROCESS I NEED TO FOLLOW?
- Write a short headline, and an overall summary
- Rate as many criteria as you can, and write a short comment for each
- Upload your own pictures
- Contributors are encouraged to also fill in a short profile form once they submit their 1st
- We will assess and upload your review
- I HAVE STAYED IN A PLACE OR EXPERIENCED AN ACTIVITY THAT HAD THE WORSE SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES. CAN I WRITE THEM A BAD REVIEW?
This is not what SitSpot is about. We don’t aspire to list and review all tourist endeavours indiscriminately. We believe that progress can be achieved by rewarding the most deserving places and individuals. We believe in the power of the nudge of recognition and with it, other tourism providers will be inspired to adopt sustainable practices in order to gain customer kudos.
Our form allows you to make suggestions though, as sustainability is a journey, not an achievement.
- LEGAL BITS AND BOBS
By submitting a review to SitSpot, you agree to the following terms and conditions:
- By submitting a review, you agree to grant SitSpot the licence to publish it on all Sitspot’s media channels, including SitSpot’s website, social channels, and newsletters. This licence is valid for 5 years from the date the asset is published.
- If you are submitting someone else’s pictures, do ensure that you obtain permission from the person who owns the right to that picture.
- Please ensure that the pictures you are submitting don’t feature anyone but yourself – e.g. another guest or the host, unless you have obtained permission from those persons to publish these pictures.
- Please ensure that the pictures don’t feature children under 18 years old.
- A review cannot be taken down by the contributor once it is live on SitSpot but may be removed if it has been agreed between us and the contributor.
- SitSpot does not pay contributors for reviews.
- Sitspot is not responsible for the views of anyone contributing on SitSpot. The views are the contributors’ own.
- Before submitting a review, contributors will be asked to certify that their review is based on their own experience and is their genuine opinion, and that they have no personal or business relationship with this establishment, and have not been offered any incentive or payment originating from the establishment to write this review. SitSpot has a zero-tolerance policy on fake reviews.
- Contributors must confirm that they agree to the above T&Cs by ticking the relevant box on the REVIEW form.