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Many museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists but not local people. Why is this the case and what can be done to attract more local people to visit these places?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
It is true that tourists from many parts of the world pay more visits to museums and historical places than local inhabitants. Resulting from a number of reasons, this situation should be solved by attracting the locals in some practical ways.
There are two main reasons why museums and historical sites are preferred more by tourists than by local residents. One reason is that museums are too familiar to nearby inhabitants. If museums do not change anything, there will be nothing new for the locals to discover. Like eating the same dish every single day, they feel bored with visiting the same places. Furthermore, entrance tickets at some historical sites are expensive for the local inhabitants to afford. For example, in Dien Bien, a province in northwestern Vietnam, it is rather hard for the residents to make ends meet, let alone to spend money on visiting some famous historical attractions there.
The governments should take some measures/steps to tackle this issue effectively. Firstly, museums ought to be invested in more by the authorities to refresh the exhibits. The fresher the museums are, the more local residents are interested in them. Secondly, historical relics need to be free for all the local people. Without worrying about additional expenditure, those residents will pay more and more visits to historical sites in order to broaden their knowledge about their home towns.
In conclusion, there are some evident reasons that bring about this trend. However, something should be done to attract more visits of the locals by the authorities.
historical sites: an official location where pieces of political, military, cultural, or social history have been preserved due to their cultural heritage value.
local residents/ inhabitants/people: the inhabitants of a place are the people who live there.
attractions: a place which draws visitors by providing something of interest or pleasure.
to discover: to find information, a place, or an object, especially for the first time
spend money on sth/doing sth: to use money to pay for things
relic: an object from the past that has been kept
to take measures/steps: to take action; do things to accomplish a purpose.
to tackle: to make a determined effort to deal with a difficult problem or situation
invest in: to put money, effort, time, etc. into something to make a profit or get an advantage
exhibit: an object or collection of objects on public display in an art gallery or museum or at a trade fair.
expenditure: an amount of money, time, or effort that is spent
to broaden knowledge: to increase your knowledge