"Would you or any of your colleagues write a negative critique about a dive resort/area or give an as objective as possible cost/value rating if you're staying for free?"
I know what my stance is on this, but where do you draw the line?
Here's an ethical tester for you:
You enter an underwater photography competition sponsored by a diving magazine and dive travel company. The prize? A one week all expenses trip to Suval Benkeh island. The magazine's expectation, you'll write an article to go with your photographs, and if the piece is good, they'll consider you for further assignments.
You are aware that Suval Benkeh advertises in the magazine with a one page ad every month.
You win the competition and you are more than excited - your first assignement!
Once you arrive you find the rooms to be shabby, the hotel to be under the flight path, the beach to be full of cigarette ends, half the guests have food poisoning, the dive boats could do with being replaced, the dive sites are just OK, there's one or two really good ones, but they are a bit further out and the boat rarely visits them as they have to be back at lunch to run the try dive classes.
Before you leave, the manager invites you to come back and stay at their sister resort as their guest, the more upmarket Punal Membe island spa resort. You've been there before, you loved it and always promised you'd go back one day - this time you'd only have to pay for the flights.
So - what next? What would you do? Where is your ethical line?
Edited by brendiver, 30 April 2008 - 11:58 PM.