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The Republic of Palau, a tropical archipelago in the Pacific, just announced a new program to change the way visitors interact with the country's natural environment and its people.
Ol'au Palau — named for a local way of inviting others in — is an app tied to a reward scheme. Tourists are awarded points for sustainable and responsible behavior, for example when they offset their carbon footprint with Palau's personal CO2 calculator or avoid single-use plastics.
Accumulated points unlock experiences like visiting parts of the island that are otherwise off-limits to tourists or joining locals for traditional fishing in hidden waters. Ol'au Palau was developed with Sydney-based Host Havas, and future visitors can sign up now to be notified as soon as the app is available.
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