Terms and Conditions

Last updated: 02.01.2013

Welcome to Countrytip.com

This agreement governs your use of the Countrytip.com website (the “Website”).

This Website is owned and operated by Experience Group SIA (“EG”). Access and use of this Website is provided by EG to you on condition that you accept these Terms and Conditions, and by accessing or using this Website, you agree to these Terms and Conditions.

This Website is provided solely to assist customers in gathering travel, country information, information about experience of living/ working/ studying in particular country, posting opinions of related issues, engaging in interactive travel forums and for no other purposes.

The terms “we”, “us”, “our”, “Countrytip” and “EG” refer to Experience Group SIA. The term “you” refers to the customer visiting the Website and/or contributing content on this Website.

We, Experience Group SIA, would ask that you take the time to read these Terms and Conditions carefully. They explain a number of things including, for example, the rules covering your use of this site as well as other information regarding your rights. By using www.countrytip.com, you’ll be confirming that you have read, understood and agree to these Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree to accept and abide by these Terms and Conditions you should not access or use this Website.

EG may revise and update these Terms and Conditions at anytime and without prior notice. You are cautioned to review the Terms and Conditions posted on the Website periodically. Your continued access or use of this Website after any such changes are posted will constitute your acceptance of these changes.

Use of the Site

This Website and its contents (the “Content”) are intended for customers of EG. You are specifically prohibited from: (a) downloading, copying, or re-transmitting any or all of the Website or the Content without, or in violation of, a written license or agreement with EG; (b) using any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods; (c) manipulating or otherwise displaying the Website or the Content by using framing or similar navigational technology; (d) registering, subscribing, unsubscribing, or attempting to register, subscribe, or unsubscribe any party for any EG product or service if you are not expressly authorized by such party to do so; (e) advertising your business but presenting it as an independent customer point of view about particular place; and (f) using the Website or the Content other than for its intended purpose.

You may not interfere with the security of, or otherwise abuse this Website or any system resources, services or networks connected to or accessible through this Website. You may only use this Website for lawful purposes.

As a condition of your use of this Website, you warrant that (i) all information supplied by you on this Website is true, accurate, current and complete, (ii) if you have a Coutrytip.com account, you will safeguard your account information and will supervise and be completely responsible for any use of your account by anyone other than you and (iii). We retain the right at our sole discretion to deny access to anyone to this Website and the services we offer, at any time and for any reason, including, but not limited to, for violation of these Terms & Conditions.

To become a registered user of the portal www.countrytip.com a person has to comply with the registration procedure provided by the portal. Each user of the portal www.countrytip.com has to take into account that the respective data in user’s profile (name, last name, and other information) have to be true. We would really appreciate if you could keep this information up to date. Each registered user of the portal www.countrytip.com may have only one user profile. One profile should not contain several persons. The registered user has to be clearly visible and recognizable in the photo submitted in user’s profile. The profile of each user of the portal www.countrytip.com may contain only the data of the respective registered user. It is prohibited to create so-called “false” profiles in the portal www.countrytip.com, i.e. the creation of profiles in which the user of the portal www.countrytip.com includes data of other (including unreal) people or animals, subjects, etc. instead of his/her own data. Upon encountering such profiles EG is entitled to promptly delete them without prior notice.

EG is entitled to inform the users of the portal www.countrytip.com on different current events related to the portal by publishing information in the portal or sending e-mails to users.

For a more detailed explanation of how we will collect, use and store your personal information, and our commitment to protecting your privacy, please see our Privacy Policy.

Prohibited Activities

The content and information on this Website (including, but not limited to, messages, data, information, text, music, sound, photos, graphics, video, maps, icons, software, code or other material), as well as the infrastructure used to provide such content and information, is proprietary to us. You agree not to otherwise modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell or re-sell any information, software, products, or services obtained from or through this Website. Additionally, you agree not to:

  • (i) use this Website or its contents for any commercial purpose;
  • (ii) access, monitor or copy any content or information of this Website using any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means or any manual process for any purpose without our express written permission;
  • (iii) violate the restrictions in any robot exclusion headers on this Website or bypass or circumvent other measures employed to prevent or limit access to this Website;
  • (iv) take any action that imposes, or may impose, in our discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
  • (v) deep-link to any portion of this Website for any purpose without our express written permission; or
  • (vi) “frame”, “mirror” or otherwise incorporate any part of this Website into any other website without our prior written authorization.
  • (vii) attempt to modify, translate, adapt, edit, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any software programs used by EG in connection with the Website or the services.

Intellectual Property

All materials (including the organization and presentation of such material) on this Website (the “Materials”) are the property of EG and may be protected by intellectual property laws including laws relating to copyrights, trade-marks, trade-names, internet domain names, and other similar rights.

Unless you have entered into a separate agreement with EG, any other use of these Materials without EG written permission is prohibited.

The Materials may only be used and copied for your own, non-commercial, personal or educational purposes, provided that the Materials are not modified and that copyright and other intellectual property notices are not deleted. You may not create derivative works from or otherwise exploit the Materials in any way.

© 2011 Experience Group SIA. All rights reserved.

Currency of Website

EG updates the information on this Website regularly. However, EG cannot guarantee or accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information on this Website. EG may revise, supplement or delete information, services and/or the resources contained in the Website and reserves the right to make such changes without prior notification to past, current or prospective visitors.

Linked Websites

This Website may provide links to third party Websites, resources, advertisements or sponsorships for your convenience only. The inclusion of these links does not imply that EG monitors or endorses these Websites. EG does not accept any responsibility for such Websites. EG shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss, caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or the reliance upon any information, content, goods or services available on or through any third party Websites or linked resources. We would encourage you to review the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy on any new site you may choose to access because our terms and conditions and privacy policy will no longer be applicable.

We reserve the right to remove a link at any time.

Countrytip.com Reviews

  • Reviews posted on our site don’t necessarily represent the views of Countrytip.com or the Experience Group. Any positive or other review of any venue, restaurant, hotel, museum, or otherwise does not constitute a recommendation, endorsement or guarantee by EG and we make no representation as to quality. All ratings are intended as a guideline only and we do not guarantee their accuracy.
  • Prices, addresses, hotel amenities and other indicators in any review published by us are accurate as at the date of going to press, but are subject to change. We make no guarantee that any such information, or information in reviews posted by other users, will be accurate or up to date at the time you read it. Always review travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before you decide to visit an international destination.
  • EG will not be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or damage incurred or suffered as a result of any review. This paragraph should be read in accordance with applicable local laws.

User Content

This site contains an open forum for users to post their content (“User Content“). It is information in the public domain, so be aware that it may be accessed by any person using the web in any part of the world and can be found using independent search engines. So, if you choose to post information to the interactive parts of our site, we have to state that you do so at your own risk and that it won’t be protected by EG. So, we advise you to think carefully before choosing to share any personal information on the interactive parts of our site. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

In order for our open forum to work, you the user must bear sole responsibility for the content which you post on the site and not post anything unless you have appropriate permission and authority to do so. By posting User Content, we have to assume that you are warranting that you have the permission and authority to do so and that, if at any point you no longer have that permission and authority, you will contact us for removing the User Content.

In posting User Content to the site, you are basically granting to EG an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, transferable license to publish, display, copy, modify, create derivative works from and distribute the User Content on the site and other media. You’re also granting EG the license to use the User Content in any way for the purpose of publicizing the site and to grant sub-licenses on the same basis. This license will terminate when you remove the relevant User Content from the site.

We may keep an eye on User Content from time to time but please note that we don’t have any obligation to police it. We may remove or block access to any User Content at any time. For example, we may do this where we reasonably believe that someone has broken the law, e.g. infringed a third party’s intellectual property rights or breached a duty of confidentiality. If needs be, we may also withdraw any permission to access and use this site and disable a user’s registration with us. We can bear no liability in respect of any loss or damage suffered as a result of any of these actions.

The following section — User Code of Conduct — gives you our common sense guidelines for how to upload content in order to avoid causing harm or offence to yourself and others and to avoid having your User Content removed.

If you have any concerns about content appearing on this site, please click here to contact EG.

User Code of Conduct

We at EG are excited about customers and users being able to communicate with each other and share ideas. However, we want all our users to be able to feel safe and at ease whilst using our site. The best way of addressing this balance is to have a user code of conduct.

By using our site you’ll be agreeing to these Terms and Conditions including the Code of Conduct in this section.

The Countrytip.com community is designed where possible to manage itself.

Every article left by a user can be rated and flagged by any other user. A user can positively, neutrally or negatively rate an article. Also, a user can flag an article as inappropriate or offensive by clicking a link that says “flag” next to each article. Flagged articles may be reviewed by the moderators of Countrytip.com, who may remove those articles if they feel they are inconsistent with these Terms and Conditions. If a user’s articles are removed several times, it may be necessary to put the user “on probation” – meaning they cannot post anymore comments/articles for a set period of time. If needs be we may remove the user from the site altogether.

So if we believe that a user’s behavior is likely to cause offence or harm to other users or to EG, or is otherwise unacceptable, we may issue that user with a warning, disable their registration and/or terminate or otherwise restrict their access to and use of this site. In addition, we may need to remove any content which they have shared or posted up on the site but we’re not obliged to give the user the prior notice.

To protect our users and the reputation of the site, we may keep an eye on the interaction between users from time to time but please note that we have no obligation to police it.

EG cannot take responsibility or liability for the conduct of any person who uses our site. In addition, EG is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the use of our site.

We ask that in using this site you show respect for other users and the property of others.

You agree:

  • to behave in a respectful way to all other users;
  • not to post or otherwise make available content which is, in our view, likely to impair others’ enjoyment of this site;
  • not to breach the law or encourage a breach of the law;
  • not to post or otherwise make available content which is, in our view, abusive, offensive, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or of a sexual nature, illegal, threatening, intimidating, in breach of privacy, confidentiality or third party rights or otherwise unacceptable;
  • not to post or otherwise make available content which, in our view, portrays unacceptable violence;
  • not to behave in a way which is threatening, intimidating, harassing or bullying, offensive, abusive, defamatory, discriminatory or demeaning or to stalk or violate the rights of others including individuals’ privacy rights;
  • not to do, cause or permit anything to be done that may infringe, damage or interfere with any copyright, moral rights, performing rights, design rights, trade mark rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights of EG, their respective licensors or any third party;
  • to only upload content which is an original work created by you and reflects your personal point of view;
  • not to share any information which is confidential to any other person;
  • not do anything which will or might damage, interfere with, disrupt access to, overburden, interrupt or impair the functionality of the site, the materials available on the site or any software or hardware;
  • not to obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized access to the site, any part of it or any private or member account areas;
  • not to obtain or seek to obtain personal information, confidential information or passwords from any other person;
  • to be entirely responsible for and keep secret any password used by you; you must change your password if you believe it is no longer secret;
  • not to circumvent or attempt to circumvent any filters we may use on this site;
  • not to do anything which may cause any liability for EG;
  • to ensure that individuals featured in any audio/visual content you are posting are all over 18;
  • not to distort or misrepresent any individual or thing;
  • not to register as or on behalf of anyone else, impersonate anyone else, seek to take on a false identity or misrepresent yourself, your identity or your age;
  • not post or otherwise make available content containing financial information (such as account, credit or debit card details) or information which identifies an individual personally or is capable of identifying an individual personally (such as phone numbers, email addresses or postal addresses);
  • to respect information you obtain on our site and use it only in accordance with this User Code of Conduct and our Terms and Conditions;
  • not to advertise, promote or endorse any goods or services what are anyhow related to you;
  • not use our site to send any chain letters, junk mail, ‘spamming’ material or any other form of bulk communication;
  • to write all the posts in English.

Currency and country information

Currency rates and specific country information are based on various publicly available sources and should be used as guidelines only. Rates are not verified as accurate, and actual rates may vary. Currency quotes may not be updated on a daily basis. The information supplied by this application is believed to be accurate, but EG do not warrant or guarantee such accuracy. When using this information for any financial purpose, we advise you to consult a qualified professional to verify the accuracy of the currency rates. We do not authorize the use of this information for any purpose other than your personal use and you are expressly prohibited from the resale, redistribution, and use of this information for commercial purposes.

Indemnity

In using this site you agree to indemnify and hold harmless EG and each of their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, representatives and agents (and you shall continue to indemnify them and hold them harmless) in respect of all action, recoveries, fines, penalties, losses, liabilities, costs, claims, damages, demands  or other costs or expenses suffered in connection with any User Content which you post or share on or through the site, your conduct in using the site, your behavior towards us, our representatives, other users, any breach of law, any breach of these Terms and Conditions or any breach of any third party’s rights.

Email

Feel free to email EG at info@countrytip.com. However, the Internet is not a fully secure medium and any communication may be lost, intercepted or altered. EG is not liable for any damages related to communications to or from this Website. You agree with respect to any information provided by you to us through this Website or via e-mail that:

  • EG has no obligation concerning such information;
  • the information is non-confidential;
  • EG may use, disclose, distribute or copy the information and may use any ideas, concepts or know-how contained in the information for any purpose without compensation; and
  • the information is truthful and disclosure of the information does not violate the legal rights of others.

Proprietary Rights

All text, graphics, audio, video or image files, content, software, applications and information displayed on or available from this site, and all copyright, trade mark rights, design rights and other intellectual property rights in them (together, the “Proprietary Content) are the property of  EG, our users, suppliers or licensors. This includes, without limitation, the organization and lay-out of the site and the underlying software that is owned by us, our users, suppliers or licensors.

By using the site you’re agreeing that Proprietary Content is available for personal use only and that you will not copy, reproduce, publish, distribute or dispose of in any way any Proprietary Content (other than your User Content which you have posted and for which you have the appropriate rights and permissions). Neither the EG and CountryTip name nor any other EG company name, trade mark, logo or design may be used or copied in any manner.

Pop Ups

When using www.countrytip.com, you may get pop-ups occasionally. We use these for many reasons, like competition entry forms and questionnaires to help us improve our service to you. Pop-up boxes from EG are clearly marked with a heading from countrytip.com.

You might also get pop-up ads from third parties. These may appear due to software you have installed, deliberately or unknowingly, on your computer. Unfortunately, EG cannot control these pop-up boxes because they haven’t come from us.

We do not endorse any website or product which appears in any pop-ups which do not come from EG.

Accessibility

If you have trouble using our website with certain web browsers or other software or if you want to let us know how we can improve accessibility, please let us know by clicking here to contact EG. We appreciate your feedback and your suggestions will help us to improve our service to you.

Site information and downtime

This site may be unavailable occasionally for maintenance, updating or otherwise. Where this happens we apologize for any inconvenience caused. However, EG shall not be liable for any loss or damages resulting from such unavailability.

At EG we take great care in seeking to present accurate, transparent and useful information to you as a user. However, as an open platform there is a lot of content on this site which is not generated by us — User Content and Third Party Content. Therefore, we should let you know that information on this site might be out of date, incomplete, contain some errors or be in some way unreliable. Just to be sure, please check any information obtained from this site before acting upon it in any way.

Please note that we may make changes to the site, its functions and services from time to time.

Website and Materials Provided “As Is”

This website and the materials are provided “as is” without representations, warranty or condition of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied representations, warranties or conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. EG does not represent or warrant that this website or materials will meet your requirements or that their use will be uninterrupted or error free.

Other Limitation of Liability

It is important to note that using the internet does have its dangers. Our aim is to ensure a fast, reliable and secure service and to protect your personal information. However we cannot take responsibility for:

  • any breach of security of www.countrytip.com
  • any damage, loss or corruption of any User Content, data, information or material
  • any viruses or other malicious programs that may infect your computer equipment or other property
  • any breach of security by hackers in relation to www.countrytip.com

EG won’t be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, consequential or economic loss (or for any exemplary or punitive damages) in connection with the use of www.countrytip.com or any other site. The same applies for the employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of EG. This paragraph only applies to the extent that it can in accordance with applicable laws.

Law and Jurisdiction

All the users’ personal data submitted to the portal www.countrytip.com are protected pursuant to the legislation of the Republic of Latvia. Processing of data is performed pursuant to the general personal data processing principles provided by the legislation of the Republic of Latvia.

As a user, the laws of your location may apply to your online dealings with www.countrytip.com and you may have additional legal rights and/or obligations than those provided under law of the Republic of Latvia. We always encourage you to speak to us if you have any concerns to see if they can be resolved.

Other terms

These Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy constitute the entire agreement between you, the user, and EG in relation to your use of the site and supersede all prior agreements and arrangements between us in relation to your use of the site.

If any provision or part of these Terms and Conditions is or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the legality, validity and enforceability of all of the other provisions and parts of these Terms and Conditions will not be impaired.

No failure or delay by EG in exercising or enforcing any right, power or remedy which arises under these Terms and Conditions shall operate as a waiver of that or any other right, power or remedy. No waiver by EG shall be effective unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of EG.

Talk to us

If you have any queries, recommendations, comments or complaints regarding the site or these Terms and Conditions, just get in touch. You can click here to contact EG.

Acknowledgement

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT, UNDERSTAND IT, AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS. YOU FURTHER AGREE THAT IT IS THE COMPLETE AND EXCLUSIVE STATEMENT OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND EG, WHICH SUPERSEDES ANY PROPOSAL OR PRIOR AGREEMENT, ORAL OR WRITTEN, AND ANY OTHER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN YOU AND EG RELATING TO THE SUBJECT OF THIS AGREEMENT.

 

 

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