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Tourists will be rewarded with free food and activities if they participate in environmentally friendly tasks while visiting Copenhagen, the city's tourist board has announced

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    GenuinelyCrooked
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    This is something I would absolutely participate in. Not just for the rewards, but because the city would be informing me of what activities can make a difference while I'm there. I hope it works...

    This is something I would absolutely participate in. Not just for the rewards, but because the city would be informing me of what activities can make a difference while I'm there. I hope it works well and that other cities follow suit. I wouldn't even need to offset airtravel to get to Copenhagen since I can take a train to get there.

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    1. Habituallytired
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      This was my thought too. It actually has made me put Copenhagen on my must travel list, and I hope others do too. Not just for the free stuff, but because the tourist board of the city is trying...

      This was my thought too. It actually has made me put Copenhagen on my must travel list, and I hope others do too. Not just for the free stuff, but because the tourist board of the city is trying to educate visitors on how to do better, which will hopefully translate into them doing these activities at home too.

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    randomperson
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    I am all for ideas like this but I just can't see tourists picking random litter during their vacation when every minute counts as it's usually limited, just to save minuscule amount of money in...

    The project is "trust-based", meaning attractions are unlikely to ask for proof that the green activity has been completed.

    I am all for ideas like this but I just can't see tourists picking random litter during their vacation when every minute counts as it's usually limited, just to save minuscule amount of money in form of some reward. Moreover people tend to exploit ideas like this to their gain so I guess it won't last very long.

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      lou
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      That is maybe an overly cynical take.

      That is maybe an overly cynical take.

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      1. randomperson
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        I would love to be in the wrong here.

        I would love to be in the wrong here.

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    2. Malle
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      It's a trial lasting four weeks. It's not just for visitors, but also for residents. The rewards are not monetary compensation, so there seems to be limited gains from trying to systematically...

      It's a trial lasting four weeks.

      It's not just for visitors, but also for residents.

      The rewards are not monetary compensation, so there seems to be limited gains from trying to systematically abuse this.

      The actions seem to generally be of two types:

      1. Arrive at a destination by foot, bike, or public transit
      2. Take part in an organized activity with environmental benefits

      The freebies seem to be mostly either a free or discounted activity at your destination, or some food, some drink or a snack.

      For the first category, it mostly just promotes not using a car. Bike rental is available, as is public transit. I think these types of things are definitely relevant to visitors, and biking instead of driving can help people appreciate the places they are visiting when infrastructure for it is in place.

      For the second category, I think the rewards are mostly a psychological tool for publicity. I think few people would e.g. go clean a beach for half an hour only to get a free light lunch; they'd do it because it's novel, it's an organized effort to be helpful, and the light lunch is more of an excuse to get to it than anything else. The novelty of it can be a draw for visitors, while the fact that it's organized can help residents, who wish to help but don't know how, find an outlet for that desire.

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