The communication revolution has resulted in increased awareness of other societies and cultures and greater understanding of the interdependency of international political and economic events. Instant news reports from Moscow, Berlin, London, Mexico City, Bogota, and Cape Town underscore the ease of access to other parts of the world as well as a growing familiarity with other countries. Indeed, we live in an increasingly smaller world or "global village" due to the communication revolution.
This revolution has helped generate more interest in other societies especially in the areas of travel and education. More and more people travel abroad each year in search of new and exotic experiences.
Popular destinations are often those that have received extensive media coverage. In 1990, for example, more and more tourists headed for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe because of highly publicized political changes taking place there. With the collapse of communism and the Soviet Union in 1991, fewer tourists ventured into what appeared to be chaotic political and economic situations in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Thailand, Indonesia, and Morocco became "in" destinations for travelers interested in visiting unique and exotic places.
Educational programs are increasingly becoming internationalized as they include more courses and programs on international affairs, languages, and business. Today, more than ever, students have opportunities to study and work abroad as part of international study, internship, and exchange programs. At the same time, English has increasingly become the language of international travel and business, and demand for native speaking English teachers in many countries remains high.
The communication revolution should continue throughout the 1990s in further internationalizing educational programs as well as generating interest in traveling abroad. Not surprising, education and travel should be major growth industries in the decade ahead.
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