IELTS Writing Practice 31

 
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The Writing Task 2 of the IELTS Academic/General test requires you to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You will be presented with a topic and will be tested on your ability to respond by giving and justifying an opinion, discussing the topic, summarizing details, outlining problems, identifying possible solutions and supporting what you write with reasons, arguments and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

  • - Write in a formal style
  • - Write at least 250 words

Write about the following topic:

A lot of places in the world rely on tourism as a main source of income.  Unfortunately, tourism can also be a source of problems if it is not managed correctly.Describe the advantages and disadvantages of tourism in the modern world.Do you think that the benefits of tourism outweigh the drawbacks?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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Question

A lot of places in the world rely on tourism as a main source of income.  Unfortunately, tourism can also be a source of problems if it is not managed correctly.Describe the advantages and disadvantages of tourism in the modern world.Do you think that the benefits of tourism outweigh the drawbacks?

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Model Essay
A lot of places in the world rely on tourism as a main source of income.  Unfortunately, tourism can also be a source of problems if it is not managed correctly.Describe the advantages and disadvantages of tourism in the modern world.Do you think that the benefits of tourism outweigh the drawbacks?

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Despite the potential for setbacks, more and more places worldwide are depending on a worldwide boom in tourism for income.  In my opinion, the boost caused by tourism to a country’s economy and living standard, offsets the few drawbacks that may emerge through poor management of the industry.

Tourism brings significant advantages to a county’s economy.  More tourists equals more spending with elevates local wealth.  As a result this encourages more local development in hotels and infrastructure to support an increase in the local population.  Secondly, jobs are created for local people in service industries in service industries like catering, transport and entertainment.  A rise in incomes raises the standard of living in an area in which residents may further gain more disposable income to spend on their families.

On the other hand, it is imperative that tourism is introduced to an area in a carefully managed way.  Unchecked tourism in a local area may double or triple pressure on local resources. Tourists often arrive in third world destinations expecting first world treatment.  The consequent demand for water and increase in waste is often more than a local area can sustain often resulting in water shortages and rising pollution. Another important point is that land prices may also soar if development isn’t strictly regulated.  This may rapidly increase the cost of living which affects local goods, utilities and rents all suddenly jump in price. Finally, crowds of tourists may adversely disturb a local way of life.  Being unfamiliar with native customs, foreign visitors may easily change the character of an area through intrusive photos or lewd behavior.

In conclusion, I believe that the long-term effects of tourism are overwhelming positive.  If managed responsibly by the government, I believe the positives to far outweigh the negatives.

Revision Exercise
Each sentence in the report below contains one or two errors. Errors may be grammar or punctuation based. A list of the common errors used with answer is given at the end.

On the other hand, it imperative that tourism is introduce to an area in a careful managed way.  Unchecked tourism in a local area may double or triple pressure on local resources. Tourists often arrive third world destinations expecting first world treatment.  The consequent demand for water and increase waste is often more than local area can sustain. This often result in water shortages and rising pollution. Land prices may also soar if development isn’t strictly regulation.  This may rapid increase the cost of living. This affect local goods, utilities and rents all suddenly jump in price. Finally crowds of tourists may adversely disturb a local way of life. Being unfamiliar with native customs, foreign visitors may easy change the character of a area through intrusive photos or lewd behavior.

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Step 1: Planning
A lot of places in the world rely on tourism as a main source of income.  Unfortunately, tourism can also be a source of problems if it is not managed correctly.Describe the advantages and disadvantages of tourism in the modern world.Do you think that the benefits of tourism outweigh the drawbacks?

Type: Advantages outweigh Disadvantages

  1. What is the topic of the question?
  2. How many questions are there?
  3. How many things do you need to consider?  

The question is about the advantages and disadvantages of relying on tourism for income.   There are two questions with three parts that include mentioning the advantages and advantages, and your opinion regarding whether the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Plan:

  1. Analyse the question.
  2. Brainstorm a number of main points that you wish to talk about
  3. Choose which points you wish to use and think of two supporting details for each
  4. Decide on the order of your main points before writing.

Thesis

Boost to living standard and economy, few drawbacks through mismanagement

Advantages

Tourists elevate spending

  • More local development in hotels and infrastructure
  • Jobs are created, service industries

Rise in income, increase living standard, disposable income

Disadvantages

Double, triple pressure on local resources

  • First world treatment in developing countries

Demand for water, water shortages, pollution

  • Soaring land prices, Cost of living, utility bills,

Crowds of tourists

  • Change the character of a local area, unfamiliar with local customs, noise
Step 2: Write the essay

Despite the potential for setbacks, more and more places worldwide are depending on a worldwide boom in tourism for income.  In my opinion, the boost caused by tourism to a country’s economy and living standard, offsets the few drawbacks that may emerge through poor management of the industry.

Tourism brings significant advantages to a county’s economy.  More tourists equals more spending with elevates local wealth.  As a result this encourages more local development in hotels and infrastructure to support an increase in the local population.  Secondly, jobs are created for local people in service industries in service industries like catering, transport and entertainment.  A rise in incomes raises the standard of living in an area in which residents may further gain more disposable income to spend on their families.

On the other hand, it is imperative that tourism is introduced to an area in a carefully managed way.  Unchecked tourism in a local area may double or triple pressure on local resources. Tourists often arrive in third world destinations expecting first world treatment.  The consequent demand for water and increase in waste is often more than a local area can sustain often resulting in water shortages and rising pollution. Another important point is that land prices may also soar if development isn’t strictly regulated.  This may rapidly increase the cost of living which affects local goods, utilities and rents all suddenly jump in price. Finally, crowds of tourists may adversely disturb a local way of life.  Being unfamiliar with native customs, foreign visitors may easily change the character of an area through intrusive photos or lewd behavior.

In conclusion, I believe that the long-term effects of tourism are overwhelming positive.  If managed responsibly by the government, I believe the positives to far outweigh the negatives.

 
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