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GMAT Essay Topic 524 - The following appeared in a corporate planning memorandum for a company that develops amusement parks. "Because travel from our country to foreign countries has increased dramatically in recent years, our next project should be a World Tour theme park with replicas of famous foreign buildings, rides that have international themes, and refreshment stands serving only foods from the country represented by the nearest ride. The best location would be near our capital city, which has large percentages of international residents and of children under the age of 16. Given the advantages of this sit e and the growing interest in foreign countries, the World Tour theme park should be as successful as our Space Travel theme park, where attendance has increased tenfold over the past decade." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc.

Author: RISHI4897 | Date: March 3, 2015 | Score:5

The argument states that since number of people travelling to foreign countries has increased the company should make new World Tour theme park. Moreover the author also claims that World tour theme park would be as successful as Space Travel theme park. The author's line of reasoning is that inc...

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The argument claims that in recent years, the travelling to foreign countries has increased significantly. Hence, the author suggests the next project should be a World Tour theme park with replicas of famous foreign buildings, rides with international themes, and food and drink stands that serve only foods from the country represented by the nearest ride. The author also suggest that the best location is near the capital city since there are large percentages of international residents and of kids under the age of 16. Seeing the advantages of the location site and the growing interest in foreign countries, the argument believes the World Tour theme park will be as successful as the Space Travel theme park, where customer visit has increased tenfold over the past decade. Stated in this way, the argument fails to mention several key factor, on the basis of which it could be evaluated. The conclusion relied on assumptions for which there is no clear evidence. Hence, the argument is unconvincing and has several flaws.

First, the argument readily assumes that the increase in traveling to foreign countries is an effect of the growing interest in foreign country. The argument is a stretch and unsubstantiated in any way. There are many reasons why people go abroad. The two most reasons are business and vacation. The argument could have been much clearer if it explicitly stated that the increase in traveling to foreign countries is specifically due to the growing interest to foreign countries.

Second, the argument claims that the best location is the area with large percentage of international residents and of children under age of 16. This is a weak and unsupported claim. Why should be international residents interested in the World Tour theme park more than local residents. Shouldn't the potential customer who interested more to the World Tour theme park are local residents since they want to know how does the other country look like? Moreover, why are the audience target children under age of 16? These children may interest spending their free time in Disneyland in other countries but it is doubtful that they want to spend their time seeing the famous building. Without convincing the answer of these questions, one is left with the impression that the argument is more a wishful thinking rather than substantive evidence.

In conclusion, the argument is flawed for the above-mentioned reasons and is therefore unconvincing. It could be considerably strengthened if the author clearly mentioned all relevant facts. Without this information, the arguments remain unsubstantiated and opens to debate

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