Because of television and worldwide computer connections, people can now become familiar with a great many places that they have never visited. As a result,tourism will soon become obsolete.
Will the widespread television and computer connections dampen people’ enthusiasm for tourism? The speaker claim that the prospect would be that tourism will soon become obsolete, but I seriously doubt it. In my point of view, although television and computer connections provide people alternatives of viewing the world without stepping out of their homes, these modern conveniences kindle more people’s tourism lust.
Admittedly, television and computer connections do slow down some people’s interest in tourism. By viewing the vivid description of certain tourist attractions with detailed illustration provided by television and computers, it makes the once illusionary picture of staying at home and traveling around the world become a possible scenario that everybody can get accessed to. What is more, due to the fast-rhythm modern life,except during vacations, people can hardly afford time to travel around whenever they want. Thus, television problems and computer network become effective substitutes.But I by no means agree that tourism will become obsolete. Daily empirical evidences show us that instead of becoming out of date with all the programs focusing on places of interest, tourism is prospering unprecedented. According to statistical study, the global revenue brought out by tourism has amount to one third of the total and this trend tends to increase gradually and at the same time, traveling expenditure for individual household has account for the biggest spending next to food and accommodation. The main causes underlying this trend lies in two aspects.
For one thing, psychological research shows that human beings are sensible animals whose curiosity can only be satisfied with all the five sensation being obtained, such as touch, taste, hearing smelling and view. Although it is possible for human to view beautiful pictures, listen people’s voices, or understand the weird customs, when it comes to other sensations, televisions and computers can hardly fulfill their task comparing with people’s direct experience of being in that place. Consider, for example,food has constituted an important part of culture and how it is possible for us to have a bite of the tasty food of Peking duck, Italian noodles or Japanese sushi. Nothing would be more valuable than surfing in the sea, lying on the beach to enjoy the sunshine, smell the fragrant earth in the California coastline. The above examples best illustrate why with all the convenience of staying home and approach to several nations in a few hours still cannot satisfy peoples’ lust for traveling.
The second deep-rooted reason for the prospering of tourism is actually achieved in some sense by the wide spreading of televisions and computer connection. People were reluctant to leave their home and travel in other courtiers for the concern of safety and cultural difference and adaptation. Thanks to all the television programs available, we come to realize how to socialize with local people, deal with cultural shock and arrange our trips from the guidance of those programs. For example, we observe an increasing willingness in recent years for Americans to travel to north-east Asia or Africa instead of clustering to European countries what they consider close in culture and secure both mentally and physically. Having a net friend you get to know on the Internet deepens our understanding about another culture that we never encounter before and this in turn, stimulate our desire and curiosity to experience by our own in that place.
To sum up, I agree with the speaker to certain extent that television and computer connection make it possible for people to sit at home and travel around the world. But by going too far to claim that tourism will become obsolete is against the empirical observation in our daily life as well as fact that the first-hand experience arouses psychological enjoyment. In addition, by familiar ourselves with foreign culture through Internet and television programs diminish our sense of insecurity and cultural gap brought out by total blindness and ignorance about another nation and thus shed light on our curiosity as well as the willingness to explore.