Tourists to get free meals, wine and trips if they stick to rules

A canal scene in Copenhagen
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Tourists who stick to the rules are to be rewarded with free drinks, meals and entry to attractions in a bid to encourage good behaviour. The move comes after other cities started imposing 'tourist taxes' - charging visitors extra - or issuing harsh fines for breaking the rules.

Copenhagen in Denmark will instead reward good behaviour with free meals, wine, tours and museum entry. The freebies will be handed out to tourists and locals who stick to environmental rules and guidelines.

So behaviours such as arriving at an attraction by bike or picking up litter will be rewarded, as will using public transport. One incentive will see visitors who arrive at the National Gallery of Denmark with some plastic rubbish gain entry to a free art workshop.

The CopenPay scheme will help protect the environment and help protect Copenhagen's tourism sector. 15million tourists visit Denmark each year, bringing in 118.2 billion Danish kroner or £13.5billion a year.

Some cities such as Venice have started charging tourists, while other destinations such as the Spanish islands have seen mass protests against the environmental damage caused by tourism.

Kristijan Svajnzger, Regional General Manager for Northern Eastern Europe at Intrepid Travel, told Business Insider: "This is a great way to educate and reward people who are doing the right thing rather than penalize people who are doing the wrong thing when it comes to sustainability."

The CopenPay scheme will begin on a trial basis on July 15.