IELTS Cue Card Sample 356 - Describe a famous tourist destination in your country

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a famous tourist destination in your country.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what are the main attractions of this place
  • what can someone see/do there

And say why you would recommend this place to a foreign tourist.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
If an international tourist has a one day visit to Indonesia, I would recommend him to see the island of Bali. There are various reasons why s/he should visit the island, and I will explain in details about it.

Firstly, Bali is a small island, but it has many beautiful scenery places that people could visit in a day. The island is famous for its' beautiful beaches such as Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua Beach. These beaches are known for their beautiful white sands along their coast and for their waves as well, as tens of thousands of tourists from overseas are visiting the island annually. The location of these beaches is near therefore tourists could visit these beaches in just half a day.

Secondly, as these beaches are located near to Denpasar, which is the capital city of Bali, there are many things that tourist could do in the city itself. After lying down in the beach, people could see some unique entertainments in the city, such as the traditional Barong and Kecak Dance. These traditional dances are unique and artistic, because they are the combination of art, magic, philosophy and religion. And then, there are so many traditional restaurants in Bali, where tourists could try these culinary places. Bali is well known for its' pork ribs and fried chicken, and many tourists have enjoyed these culinary experiences because they are crispy and spicy.

I personally believe that if an international traveler has only a day to see Indonesia, I would suggest him to visit Bali, as it has a combination of beautiful landscape, artistic traditional performance and recommended restaurants which people could visit in a day.

[ by - Darwin Lesmana ]

Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Q. What are some famous tourist spots in your country?
Answer: Although for the last three years I have been living in England, I am originally from Greece and I'm going to tell you about some renowned tourist places in Greece. The most well-known and famous tourist destination in Greece is the Acropolis. It's an area in Athens, the capital city of Greece, with lots of cafeterias, restaurants, souvenir stores and of course on the top of the hill there is the Parthenon, the most important surviving building of Greece. Apart from Athens, Greek islands are a choice for many foreign visitors. Mykonos, Crete, Skiathos and Santorini are some of the most popular places among visiting tourists with thousands of tourists every year, especially in summer. Greek food, sunlight and sea in combination with Greek hospitality make these spots some of the most crowded and desirable places for the visitors all over the world.

Q. What are the positive impacts of tourism in your country?
Answer: First of all, tourism is an essential sector of a country's economy. As far as my country is concerned, tourism provides employment for many people and those earning members contribute towards the development of our country. Furthermore, as visitors spend money on different things and activities, the whole economy is developed and it leads to increasing prosperity. Furthermore, different types of facilities that are mainly constructed for visitors, such as airports, hotels and hospitals, are also beneficial to the locals. Finally, tourism in Greece helps our own traditions and customs to be well-known among the people of other nations. I would say tourism in my country is quite important.

Q. What are the negative impacts of tourism in your country?
Answer: Apart from the positive outcomes that my country accrues from tourism, there are some unwanted situations and negative impacts of tourism that cannot be denied. Due to a huge number of tourists, the costs get higher each year and this is serious problem for local people. Increase in prices is considered a serious problem and as a result locals having difficulty meeting their basic daily needs.Going further, dispose of rubbish is another undesirable result because people often throw their garbage wherever they want and the places there become smelly and unhygienic. Moreover, foreign cultures are constantly being exposed to our countrymen and this is a serious threat for our unique traditions and customs. In Greece a common problem of tourism is that excessive drinking habit in such places makes people lose themselves and do unethical and petty things

Q. What do you think are the reasons people visit new places?
Answer: This is an interesting and plausible question. From my point of view, the primary reason why someone visits a new place is to learn about its culture and history. Culture is shaped by a country's history and in this way people are able to learn more about other customs, points of view, values and overall civilization. This helps people to broaden their horizons and also leads them to become more open-minded, accept other's opinion and also encourages tolerance and understanding. Furthermore, it cultivates positive changes in attitude and promotes diversity. A further reason for visiting other countries and new places is holiday. As people want to relax and recharge their stamina, they combine their vacation with travelling and meeting new places and people. Finally, visiting new places is kind of refreshing and attractive. This relieved us from our stress and gives us a fresh start in many cases.

Q. What can you tell about the future of tourism industry in your country?
Answer: This question is both difficult and uncertain. In the present, tourism sector in Greece seems to be an influential and profitable, but as things are becoming worse due to the recent financial crisis, it's really debatable and the situation is constantly deteriorating. As mentioned, especially after the financial crisis that plagues the whole country, income has collapsed and wages have declined and unfortunately it's becoming even worse as time goes by. But, as Greece is a history itself, people are optimistic and they hope that this sector won't face any problems and will continue to attract visitors from all over the world.

[Part 3 question answers have been written by - Mary, UK, Economist with Main Field of Studies in Business Economics]

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