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Destination that rewards 'good travelers'

Destination that rewards 'good travelers'

Despite being home to less than 20,000 inhabitants, the Republic of Palau is undertaking a major move to save the planet.

Destination that rewards 'good travelers'

Not only did the country - made up of more than 300 islands in the South Pacific - adopt the world's first anti-nuclear constitution in 1979, but it also implemented the Palau Oath in December 2017, which requires international visitors to sign a promise stamp in their passports where they promise the children of Palau that they will preserve and protect the islands.

Now, as the archipelago reopens to tourism after two long years of stalemate, a new program called Ol'au Palau is offering a world-first initiative to "gamify" responsible tourism, offering travelers an exclusive experience based on how they treat the environment and culture, not how much they spend.

Destination that rewards 'good travelers'

The program, managed through a personalized application that will be launched in the coming months, offers points to those who treat the island nation with gentleness and respect by making sustainable decisions, such as nature protection, visiting important cultural sites and eating local food.

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