Why do people like to travel?
I believe that there are a variety of reasons why people enjoy travelling.
Firstly, the workplace environment is competitive and stressful and workers need some time away from this, allowing themselves the opportunity to relax and recharge their batteries. If they did not take this break, the pressure could have a detrimental effect on their health.
Secondly, I think we’re curious about the world around us and travel helps to broaden our horizons. When we visit somewhere new, we can learn about the culture of that place, enjoy enriching experiences first-hand and try the local cuisine. For example, when I went to Japan I took part in a tea ceremony and tried some authentic dishes – regional specialities – that I’d never had before. It was truly memorable.
So those are some ideas.
1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of tourism?
That’s an interesting question!
I think there are both advantages and disadvantages.
In terms of advantages, tourism helps to boost the local economy and provides jobs. In Thailand, for example, the tourist industry is incredibly important. Many people are employed in the hospitality sector, working in hotels, restaurants and so on. They can earn a living and provide for their family, and they don’t necessarily need to move away from their hometown.
However, there are drawbacks. In order to accommodate an influx of tourists there can be overdevelopment which impacts on the environment negatively. Land is cleared to construct hotels, with trees being cut down and animals losing their natural habitat.
So there are pros and cons.
1. Do many foreign tourists come to your country?
The tourist industry in Korea is booming.
An increasing number of airlines, including low-cost carriers, serve Incheon Airport, making it easier and more affordable than ever before for travellers to get here.
Many visitors from South-East Asia are influenced by the Korean Wave – they watch Korean dramas on TV or are big fans of K-pop and they want to experience the country first hand. They mainly come to stay in the capital Seoul, where they enjoy a range of delicious local dishes and immerse themselves in culture experiences like wearing “hanbok”, which is traditional Korean dress. And of course they shop till they drop in the bustling Myeongdong shopping area and in the tax-free stores.
Medical tourism is also becoming more popular – cosmetic surgery especially. Foreign patients undergo treatments here not only because of the reputation for excellent doctors and quality aftercare but also because the price can be significantly cheaper than in their own country.