What is the meaning / definition of Eco Lodge in the hospitality industry?
The term eco lodge refers to a type of accommodation located in a remote destination in nature.
Generally eco lodges are equipped with less than 30 rooms. They are designed to have minimal impact on the environment and to be as sustainable as possible in their usage of resources. Furthermore they aim to improve the welfare of the local population by supporting local suppliers and workers.
Eco Lodges in comparison to eco hotels and green hotels, are located further away from civilisation. They target eco-tourists, by offering a nature based experience. Often they are not impacted by noise, traffic, smog or pollution. Furthermore, to boost the experience and create awareness for the environment, many eco-lodges have access to guides who are trained in biology or have significant knowledge of the habitat. They thereby allow guests unique insights into the surrounding habitat. In recent years Eco Lodges have been growing in popularity due the trend towards sustainability.