Letter Writing # 226 - You have just read an article in an international travel magazine

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have just read an article in an international travel magazine which contained some information about your town that is incorrect.

Write a letter to the editor of the magazine. In your letter:

  • correct the information in the article
  • explain why it is important for the magazine to give correct information
  • suggest what the magazine should do about this situation

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,


Model Answer:

Dear Sir or Madam,

A couple of weeks ago, your popular international travel magazine, in its 250th edition, published an article about my hometown in an effort to provide a bit more exposure to the travel-related activities in it. Well, while I appreciate this noble effort of yours, I regret to inform you that there is a factual error in your article that requires immediate correction.

In fact, your article in question says that the migratory birds visit our town during the month of April while the correct information is that they start to visit our hometown from early February. By the way, correcting this information in your magazine is very important for the livelihood of many people in my hometown because they heavily rely on the tourist spending of the visitors who come to visit our town in order to see these migratory birds.

Therefore, I would like to request you to please issue a correctional notice in your magazine’s next publication about the previous mistake so that the prospective tourists don’t get confused about the timing of the migratory birds’ visit to my hometown.

Thank you for your consideration in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Antonio Perez

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Muhammad Khalid Ansari
Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing this letter to point out a misunderstandin g among your team about my area. I read an article a few days ago which says that this town is load-shedding-free and has wide streets, which is incorrect.

First of all, this area has never been exempted from electricity cut-off during the last 20 years. Secondly, the roads were broad in the past, but currently, most of them have been narrowed by illegal constructions built out of the boundaries.

As this magazine is a trusted one all over the world and tourists plan their vacation based on the information provided in it, it is of crucial importance to publish correct information to maintain the dignity of the journal and to retain the trust of readers.

I would like to propose writing an apology regarding the article in the next publication and providing the factual information in an updated version.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours faithfully,

Muhammad Khalid Ansari