Tourism is actually a sub-category under Multi-culturalism and Immigration, a popular topic in the IELTS exams. I posted a Writing Task 2 question recently which raised the issue of foreign tourists paying more than local tourists to visit attractions.
Most students will have ideas, and probably some experience (if they have traveled abroad) on this subject. Once you’ve got the structure of the essay (Intro – Body 1 – Body 2 – Conclusion), the next most important thing is to use topic-specific vocabulary to raise your band score.
Remember that if your grammatical accuracy is high, you’re already close to a band 7. From here on, it’s a matter of enhancing your vocabulary and using appropriate words and collocations in discussing the subject. So how can you build a good vocabulary?
For Writing Task 2 and Speaking Part 2 and 3, it’s useful to google the keywords in the questions and read related articles. For the question yesterday, I found this article which has excellent vocabulary that can be used in the IELTS exam. I’ve highlighted the most useful keywords and phrases below.
If you haven’t read it yet, please read the article before looking at my list of useful vocabulary. This will help you to retain the vocabulary better.
a massive debate
policy of charging tourists a massive rate higher than locals
I am of the belief that fleecing tourists is a tired game that can’t be sustainable unless that attraction really is worth the elevated rate of admission.
tourists pay more at certain attractions
locations around the world
free market economy claims that if tourists are willing to pay a premium, then they should.
trying to turn a profit.
the prevailing idea behind why tourists pay more is that it allows locals to visit sites in their own country rather than having them hijacked by foreign tourists
visit the museums without paying a premium
in developing nations
locals wouldn’t be able to enjoy their own parks and monuments if the prices were set too high
the average income of an Indonesian is about $3,000-4,000USD a year, and the average European might be somewhere around $50,000USD a year, the $20 to pay entry is about equivalent to what locals pay
separate local and foreign price
(foreigners are) being extorted OR, foreigners pay an extortionate amount
tourists can afford to pay more
set a bad precedent.
seen as racist or at the very least greedy
The charges make the assumption that all travellers are rich
many travellers are on a very tight budget
prices that are extremely high for tourists might also make these places inaccessible to them
people point out the fact that
an excuse for a rip-off
to rip off tourists
fees don’t cover the cost of maintaining the
It’s an interesting thought
the added cost
shocked and upset
drawing money from tourists
local or foreign
hassled by salespeople
nearly the whole time.
fostering global unity
It’s a country, person, or business’ right to charge whatever they want
Value is relative
the use of split pricing between foreign tourists and locals
You can use this vocabulary to practise writing an essay for this Writing Task 2 question.