The web portal is open to all businesses that comply with the membership criterea stated under the membership section.
Mailing address for application forms to:- Explore Scotland Ltd, The Coach House, Druimuan, Killiecrankie PH16 5LG.
All applicants will go through the following vetting process:-
2.5 New members or existing members requiring additional promotion blocks - Any new businesses wanting to join the H.P. Portal or an existing member wanting an additional category block must be approved by the existing HP Portal membership as follows:-
a) All new applicants will be required to complete an application form, with details of their tourism business along with the category(ies) that they wish their business to be promoted under on the HP Portal (See Appendix 3), along with areas that are not in conflict with their own business, which they will promote on their web sites.
b) The HP web portal controller will circulate the application form with the new member's details to all existing HP members.
c) Existing HP Portal members will have a maximum of 14 days in which to comment on a new member's application. Failure to comment, will be taken as acceptance of the new member's application.
d) If an existing member has an objection to a new applicant, the grounds for the objection must be clearly stated in writing to the HP web portal controller.
e) The HP web portal controller will speak to the applicant and establish their comments, so both sides of the argument is presented to the members to vote on.
f) The HP web portal controller will circulate the objection with the applicant's response to the objection to the HP Portal members for comment, (having removed the objector's name), for members to vote and comment on. They will have a maximum of 7 days in which to respond. Those objecting to a businesses application for membership MUST state the grounds for their objection, - this allows the applicant to know the grounds for their membership refusal.
g) The response from the all the HP Portal members will form the basis of whether the new business applicant is accepted in to the HP Portal scheme or not. Two-thirds majority of businesses that respond need to be in favour of any new applicant.
h) New businesses joining the HP Portal will have their promotional block(s) set up after they have set up the feeds from the HP portal, as per their application agreement, for the pages that are not in conflict with their business interests.