IELTS Writing Actual Test 16/11/2019 (International travel)

Task 1

The chart shows the sales of five different kinds of jam from 2009 to 2014 

Sample Answer:

The line chart indicates the sales of five different kinds of jam from 2009 to 2014. 

Overall, it can be seen that all types of jam experienced an upward trend in sales except for plum during the given years. In addition, strawberry remained the most popular kind with the highest figure in most of the period. 

Starting at 3.2 million units in 2009, the sales of strawberry quickly increased and reached a peak of 7 million at the end of the period. Similarly, the figures for raspberry and grape witnessed the same pattern in which their sales grew considerably and stood at 5.5 million and 4.5 million respectively in 2014. 

Moving on, 2.5 million units of plum was sold in 2009. However, this number gradually dropped throughout the period and finally, no unit was recorded in 2014. Regarding cherry, its sales saw a fluctuation around 2 million in the first four years. Then, the figure increased slightly before dropping to 2.5 million in 2014. 

Task 2

International travel is becoming cheaper, and countries are opening their doors to more and more tourists. Do the advantages of increased tourism outweigh disadvantages? 

Sample Answer:

Travelling abroad is becoming more affordable than ever before, and many nations are implementing new approaches to attract more tourists. Although there are still drawbacks of international travel, I think its values are more significant. 

On the one hand, the downsides of welcoming foreign visitors are varied. First, the local environment can be adversely affected due to facility and infrastructural development. For example, in Vietnam, many tourism companies are permitted to chop down a great area of forests to construct modern commodities such as hotels and golf courses, exerting dire consequences on natural habitats. As for the countries that play host to international tourists, the rise in costs of living may lay much pressure on local people and be a detriment to domestic travel. This is because the growth in the number of tourists from abroad would encourage costs of hotel rooms and other services to increase. People in the neighborhood and domestic visitors would suffer in comparison. 

On the other hand, I suppose the benefits of international travel would eclipse those analyzed disadvantages. First, the regional economy can enormously benefit from the burgeoning tourism industry as more occupations will be created to accommodate the needs of tourists. Local people can have more job opportunities in hotels or restaurants and therefore earn more money to improve their living standards. Second, the increased number of foreign people coming to visit another country would evidently enhance tourism industries, contributing greatly to the wealth of that country. If tourists enjoy their trips, they will recommend the destination to their friends or perhaps they will come back in the future. 

In conclusion, it appears to me that the merits of international tourism are more notable than its drawbacks.