aIf we come to have better, more comfort able or new forms of travelling to remote regions, what might this mean for the regions' vulnerable environments?
b i What other hew technologies for aiding tourism might be invented?
iiWhich other new technologies do you expect most tourists will be able to afford to use?
с i Using the column headings in Table 4.5 on page 107, list the attractive.new tourist activities that have sprung up over the past twenty years, for example bungie jumping, jet skiing, heli skiing and windsurfing.
iiIndicate whether the activities are cheap ('CO or expensive ('E').
d How has die tourism industry advertised and promoted the activities you cited in part c?
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Table 4-5 New activities — cheap or expensive
How would you respond? How would you justify this response?
C/E New- C/E
eUsing a range of travel brochures and advertisements to support your opinions, discuss the statement, 'It does not matter where you go in the world; you can do the same things in similar environments.'
f i Where, in the world, might people go in order to express concern about and nurture the natural environment?
iiWhat types of action could they take?
g i In the world today, where are the main concentrations of people?
iiWhere do most tourists go?
iii Which destinations are the most popular worldwide?
iv How might these destinations be in forty years' time if the population doubles or more?
v What impacts will the consequent increase in tourism have?
vi Do any solutions exist for this potential problem?
hWhere might tourists be concentrated in the
i You are likely to be one of the tourists facing the issue of there being large concentrations of people. What do you expect will happen, and what would you do?
j i Referring to Figure 4.17 on page 106, what things might tourists do differently if they followed these codes of behaviour?
ii Why do host-country governments often ignore some tourists' insensitive and unjust behaviour?
к i Refer to the code of ethical behaviour you prepared for part d of Activity 21 in Chapter 1 (page 26) and compare it with the one in Figure 4.17.
ii State which points you consider to be the most important in each list.
• Where might you stand on the issue of using stratospheric shuttles that could consume precious resources and damage the ozone layer but permit very quick travel from Australia to London, Tokyo or New York?
• Would you support keeping all 'tourists' at home in their living rooms and piping tourism experiences to them as holographic virtual reality-through fibre-optic cables?
If past experience is any guide, many of the new technologies and practices will have the potential to do environmental or social harm. As you consider the advantages and disadvantages of future tourism proposals, it will be important to make personal decisions about what you believe is in the best interests of all the parties involved, as well as about the aspects of the biophysical or cultural environment involved. If you are to take a responsible stand on any tourism issue, you have to be able to justify your position by using reliable evidence and sound argument.