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The table below shows the numbers of visitors to Ashdown Museum during the year before and the year after it was refurbished. The charts show the result of surveys asking visitors how satisfied they were with their visit, during the same two periods.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant
Write at least 150 words.
Total number of visitors to Ashdown Museum
During the year before refurbishment:
During the year after refurbishment:
Results of surveys of visitor satisfaction
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Many governments think that economic progress is their most important goal. Some people, however, think that other types of progress are actually important for a country.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
The given table data presents information about the yearly visitors in Ashdown Museum before and after the renovation of this museum. Again the pie chart shows the survey results about visitors satisfaction and the refurbishment if the museum.
As is presented in the table data, during the first year after the renovation work the museum got about 22 thousand more visitors. In the last year before the renovation of this museum, total number of visitors there was 74 thousands and it increased to 94 thousand in the first year after the renovation.
Again, the overall satisfaction of the museum goers improved and this indicates that the visitors liked the renovation works done there. Before renovation half of the total visitors stated that they were unsatisfied about their visit experience in the museum. 30% visitors said that they were satisfied while only 5% of them told that they were very satisfied. After renovation the satisfaction level among the visitors increased significantly. 40% visitors after renovation told that they were satisfied while 5% stated that they were quite satisfied. Only 15% of the visitors told that they were not satisfied.
People have different views about how governments should measure their countries’ progress. While economic progress is of course essential, I agree with those who believe that other measures of progress are just as important.
There are three key reasons why economic growth is seen as a fundamental goal for countries. Firstly, a healthy economy results in job creation, a high level of employment, and better salaries for all citizens. Secondly, economic progress ensures that more money is available for governments to spend on infrastructure and public services. For example, a government with higher revenues can invest in the country's transport network, its education system and its hospitals. Finally, a strong economy can help a country’s standing on the global stage, in terms of its political influence and trading power.
However, I would argue that various other forms of progress are just as significant as the economic factors mentioned above. In particular, we should consider the area of social justice, human rights, equality and democracy itself. For example, the treatment of minority groups is often seen as a reflection of the moral standards and level of development of a society. Perhaps another key consideration when judging the progress of a modern country should be how well that country protects the natural environment, and whether it is moving towards environmental sustainability. Alternatively, the success of a nation could be measured by looking at the health, well-being and happiness of its residents.
In conclusion, the economy is obviously a key marker of a country’s success, but social, environmental and health criteria are equally significant.
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