IELTS graph 250 - Number of tourists visiting Malaysia and Dubai

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Line Graph:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The number of tourists visiting Malaysia and Dubai from 1995 to 2003 is presented below.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown in the diagrams below.

Write at least 150 words.

                              Tourist Visit in Malaysia and Dubai (in ‘000)

Tourists visiting Malaysia and Dubai from 1995 to 2003

Sample Answer 1:
The line graph compares the number of travellers who visited Malaysia and Dubai from 1995 to 2003. Overall, more tourists went to visit Malaysia from 1995 to 2000, but afterwards, Dubai got more visitors.

Getting back to the details, 100 thousand tourists visited Malaysia in 1995 and it was more than double than the number of tourists in Dubai at the same time. Next year, visitors to Malaysia increases while declined in Dubai. Afterwards, the number of tourists in Malaysia and Dubai rapidly increased and in 1998, 200 thousand people went to Malaysia compared to over 150 thousand in Dubai. Interestingly, holidaymakers’ number to both these places became identical and reached to over a quarter million in 2000. Next year, both countries witnessed a hike in their tourists’ number which stood at around 325 thousand. A reverse trend during the next few years followed with more tourists in Dubai than in Malaysia. In 2002 Dubai got more trippers and this trend continued in the next year when 0.4 million vacationers visited Dubai compared to less than 0.25 million in Malaysia.  

Sample Answer 2:
The line graph compares the number of visitors in Malaysia and Dubai between 1995 and 2003. Both these countries received more tourists in 2003 than they did in 1995 and Dubai’s share of travellers went higher than that of Malaysia despite a reverse scenario in early years.

According to the illustration, the number of tourists who visited Malaysia in 1995 was 0.1 million, more than double than that of Dubai. The visitors in Malaysia kept on increasing very swiftly till 2000 when it attracted more than a quarter tourists. On the contrary, Dubai, despite a decline in 1996, managed to attract more vacationers and had almost the same number of people visiting there in 2000 as it was in Malaysia. Next year, both of their tourists’ number went up but afterwards Dubai had been more successful in getting more visitors than Malaysia did. In 2003, four hundred thousand people travelled to Dubai, an overwhelming rise than that of 1995, while Malaysia managed to attract fewer than 250 thousand vacationers, which was roughly 2.5 times than that of 1995.

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Ip Nga Yim
The given line graph gives information about the differences between the number of tourists visiting Malaysia and Dubai during the period of 1995 and 2003.

A glance at the graph reveals that there was a drastic increase in the number of tourists visiting both Malaysia and Dubai while visitors in Malaysia dropped since 2003.

As can be seen from the graph, there were different trends in tourist numbers in Dubai and Malaysia. The number of tourists visiting Dubai witnessed a significant rise from around 50 thousand in 1995 to 400 thousand in 2003. However, there were slight decreases in those figures, approximately less than 20 thousand, in the year 1996, 1999 and 2002.

In comparison to Dubai, tourists in Malaysia was more than double in 1995. A gradual upward trend continued until 2001, with its peak at 325 thousand tourists. But a steady decline appeared with the number of tourists and it dropped back to roughly 240 thousand in 2003.

The given line chart illustrates visitor's number to two countries (Malaysia and Dubai) between 1995 and 2003.

In general, the number of tourists both to Malaysia and Dubai increased until 2001, and afterwards, this tourist's number went up in Dubai, but in Malaysia, this number decreased during the last two years.

According to the graph, the number of tourists to Malaysia stood at 100 thousand in 1995. One year later, it slightly increased, and it went over 100 thousand in 1996. Between 1997 and 2001, visitors' number increased gradually although it saw some minor fluctuations during this period. In 2001, the highest number of foreign tourists, around 330 thousand, visited Malaysia. However, this number went down sharply in the next two years, 2002 and 2003, when just under 250 thousand people visited this country.

In Dubai, on the other hand, the number of tourists was under 50 thousand at the beginning of the timeline. But after 1996, it increased dramatically until 1998 and reached about 180 thousand in a year. There were some fluctuations in the tourists' number during the rest of the period; however, in 2003, the number of visitors to Dubai reached a peak of 400 thousand people.

The given line graph illustrates information about how many tourists visited Malaysia and Dubai between 1995 and 2003.

Overall, it is depicted that both countries witnessed significant growth in terms of tourists they received. However, Malaysia had higher tourists in those years on an average, but, by 2003, Dubai was the more popular city between these two.

As it is given in the diagram, Malaysia had received a larger number of travellers, which was around 100 thousand, while the figure for Dubai stood at just under 50 thousand, in 1995. Both figures experienced a considerable rise until 1998 when 200 thousand travellers went to Malaysia while Dubai was the destination for around 170 thousand tourists. However, the number of tourists in Dubai dipped by almost 50 thousand between 1998 and 1999 and then started growing rapidly.

Both countries witnessed the same number of tourists in 2001 when almost 330 thousand people went to each of these countries. Afterwards, the number of holidaymakers in Malaysia began declining substantially by 100 thousand to just under 250 thousand. By contrast, the figure for Dubai grew remarkably from around 300 thousand to 400 thousand precisely.

Nguyen Thuong Vu
The provided line graph illustrates the growth of tourism in Malaysia and Dubai, throughout 8 years starting from 1995.

Generally speaking, tourism in both Malaysia and Dubai developed during the time, and visitors to Malaysia began to decline after 2001, while an increasing trend can be seen in Dubai.

Initially, in 1995, there were 100 thousand tourists in Malaysia, which was more than double than the number of visitors to Dubai. The figure rose continuously in the Southeast Asian country until 2001, reaching approximately 320 thousand. On the other hand, Dubai saw declines in three different periods of time: 1995-1996, 1998-1999 and 2001-2002. Its number of visitors reached 200 thousand in 1999, which was about a year after Malaysia's tourism hit this mark, then intersected the nation's figure in 2001.

Another look at the graph suggests that also in 1999, the difference between tourists in Malaysia and Dubai was about 100 thousand, which had been the largest margin before the year 2003. While tourism in Malaysia dropped steadily since 2001 to eventually become under a quarter of a million, that of Dubai surged to 400 thousand, the highest point throughout the period.