Task 2, Sample 76: By investing in tourism we can earn a lot of revenue and growth in national economy. At the same time it destroys the local culture.

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Present a written argument to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the
following topic:
“By investing in tourism we can earn a lot of revenue and growth in national economy.
At the same time it destroys the local culture. What is your opinion?”
Give your opinion in no less than 250 words.

Tourism is one of the biggest industries worldwide. It has grown, especially over the
last few decades, by leaps and bounds. This is happening because the global citizen
takes even the slightest of chances to visit uncharted territory. So, all the countries are
eager to invest more and more in tourism. It has its rich rewards, but there are drawbacks
too. At the forefront of all demerits of tourism is the impact on local culture. Still, in my
opinion, such demerits cannot outweigh the benefits of the tourism industry.

In the modern age the culture of one country or society is open for all to observe and
take part in. When in coming tourists get in touch of a local culture they do not
necessarily destroy it. It is understandable that they leave a bit of their own cultural
identity in the place they have visited. But that is not destruction rather a healthy
demonstration of cultural mixing that is happening incessantly all over the world in other
ways too, e.g. international media.

On the other hand, if we miss out on the far reaching benefits of the tourism industry
being foolishly bogged down by the illusionary ghouls of cultural destruction, we are
only loosing. In reality tourism does not taint a local culture, rather it fortifies it. Tourist
visiting places do not only sight-see but want to experience the diverse heritage and
customs also. So, since destroying or transforming the local culture only makes a locality
less attractive to spectators, tourism provides ample motivation to preserve our cultural

To conclude, we must declare tourism as a boon that encourages the peoples of the world
to be themselves, not like the others, while rewarding those who have valued and
glorified their culture in terms of much needed revenue.

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