The Reading / Listening - Spain Tourism - Level 6

Spain is set to replace the USA as the world's second most popular tourist destination. This is according to statistics from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The number of international tourists arriving in Spain grew by over 7 per cent in 2017. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy corroborated the figures. He said the country had a record year in 2017, with more than 82 million international visitors. The growing number of international arrivals continues a growing trend. The figure for 2017 broke Spain's tourist arrival records for the fifth straight year. This is despite the terror attack on Barcelona in August, and demonstrations and unrest in Spain's Catalonia region for independence.



There was an 8 per cent increase in tourism to Europe in 2017. The UNWTO said: "Led by Mediterranean destinations, Europe recorded extraordinary results for such a large and rather mature region." Africa is increasingly becoming an established and attractive destination and tourism there also went up by 8 per cent. Asia and the Pacific saw growth of 6 per cent, the Middle East recorded 5 per cent, and tourism to the Americas grew by 3 per cent. The UNWTO added: "International travel continues to grow strongly, consolidating the tourism sector as a key driver in economic development." France retained its position as the world's top tourist destination.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Spain Tourism - Level 4  or  Spain Tourism - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/spain-set-to-replace-us-as-second-most-popular-tourism-destination
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/news/spain-breaks-tourism-records-overtakes-11854884
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42692641


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. TOURISM: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about tourism. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       replace / tourist / destination / statistics / international / trend / record / independence
       increase / destinations / mature / region / attractive / travel / development / driver
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BENEFICIAL: Students A strongly believe tourism is beneficial to Earth; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. DESTINATIONS: How good are these destinations? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Sights

Culture

Food

People

Spain

 

 

 

 

France

 

 

 

 

USA

 

 

 

 

Japan

 

 

 

 

South Africa

 

 

 

 

Brazil

 

 

 

 

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5. TOURISTS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "tourists". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. REGIONS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best regions to visit at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • South America
  • Oceania
  • East Asia
  • Africa
  • Mediterranean
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • South-East Asia

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. replace a. The place to which someone or something is going or being sent.
      2. destination b. Public meetings or marches protesting against something or expressing views on a political issue.
      3. statistics c. A general direction in which something is developing or changing.
      4. corroborated d. Numbers, especially those which are part of official statistics or relate to the financial performance of a company.
      5. figures e. Confirmed, backed up or gave support to a statement or argument.
      6. trend f. Take the place of.
      7. demonstrations g. The practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities.

    Paragraph 2

      8. extraordinary h. Something which causes a particular phenomenon to happen or develop.
      9. mature i. Making something physically stronger or more solid.
      10. established j. A state of unhappiness, trouble, and worry in a group of people, usually involving public disorder.
      11. unrest k. Very unusual or remarkable.
      12. consolidating l. Continued to keep possession of something.
      13. driver m. When an economy, industry, or market has developed to a point where major growth and investment is difficult to take place.
      14. retained n. Having been in existence for a long time and therefore recognized and generally accepted.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The United Nations provided statistics on world tourism.     T / F
  2. Tourism to Spain grew by 7 per cent in 2017.     T / F
  3. The Spanish Prime Minister disagreed with the figures.     T / F
  4. Spain has seen record tourism for 10 straight years.     T / F
  5. There was an 18% increase in tourism to Europe in 2017.     T / F
  6. Tourism to Africa fell sharply in 2017.     T / F
  7. The America's saw an increase in tourism of less than 4%.     T / F
  8. The most popular tourist destination in 2017 was France.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. replace
  2. destination
  3. corroborated
  4. trend
  5. demonstrations
  6. extraordinary
  7. established
  8. consolidating
  9. key
  10. retained
  1. tendency
  2. crucial
  3. traditional
  4. take over from
  5. strengthening
  6. protests
  7. port of call
  8. kept
  9. confirmed
  10. remarkable

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Spain is set
  2. The number of
  3. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy corroborated
  4. continues a growing
  5. demonstrations and
  6. Europe recorded extraordinary
  7. an established and attractive
  8. tourism to
  9. International travel continues to
  10. a key driver
  1. destination
  2. unrest
  3. grow strongly
  4. results
  5. the figures
  6. the Americas grew
  7. to replace the USA
  8. trend
  9. in economic development
  10. international tourists

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
arriving
trend
set
unrest
growing
figures
straight
according

Spain is (1) ____________ to replace the USA as the world's second most popular tourist destination. This is (2) ____________ to statistics from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The number of international tourists (3) ____________ in Spain grew by over 7 per cent in 2017. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy corroborated the (4) ____________. He said the country had a record year in 2017, with more than 82 million international visitors. The (5) ____________ number of international arrivals continues a growing (6) ____________. The figure for 2017 broke Spain's tourist arrival records for the fifth (7) ____________ year. This is despite the terror attack on Barcelona in August, and demonstrations and (8) ____________ in Spain's Catalonia region for independence.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
attractive
strongly
tourism
position
region
driver
extraordinary
growth

There was an 8 per cent increase in (9) ____________ to Europe in 2017. The UNWTO said: "Led by Mediterranean destinations, Europe recorded (10) ____________ results for such a large and rather mature (11) ____________." Africa is increasingly becoming an established and (12) ____________ destination and tourism there also went up by 8 per cent. Asia and the Pacific saw (13) ____________ of 6 per cent, the Middle East recorded 5 per cent, and tourism to the Americas grew by 3 per cent. The UNWTO added: "International travel continues to grow (14) ____________, consolidating the tourism sector as a key (15) ____________ in economic development." France retained its (16) ____________ as the world's top tourist destination.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  set to replace the USA as the world's second most ______ destination
     a.  populate tourist
     b.  poplar tourist
     c.  popular tourist
     d.  popularize tourist
2)  Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy corroborated ______
     a.  the figurines
     b.  the figured
     c.  the fig urns
     d.  the figures
3)  The growing number of international arrivals continues a ______
     a.  growing trend
     b.  growing trendy
     c.  growing trends
     d.  growing tread
4)  The figure for 2017 broke Spain's tourist arrival records for ______ year
     a.  the five straight
     b.  the fifth straights
     c.  the five straights
     d.  the fifth straight
5)  demonstrations and unrest in Spain's Catalonia ______ independence
     a.  regions for
     b.  regional for
     c.  legion for
     d.  region for

6)  Led by Mediterranean destinations, Europe recorded ______
     a.  extraordinary results
     b.  extraordinaire results
     c.  extra ordinal results
     d.  extra order knee results
7)  Africa is increasingly becoming an established and ______
     a.  attractive destinations
     b.  attractive destined nation
     c.  attractive destiny nation
     d.  attractive destination
8)  tourism there also went up by 8 per cent. Asia and the Pacific ______ 6 per cent
     a.  saw gross of
     b.  saw cloth of
     c.  saw growth of
     d.  saw grown of
9)  continues to grow strongly, consolidating the tourism sector ______
     a.  as a key driver
     b.  as a screw driver
     c.  as a keen driver
     d.  as a keyed diver
10)  France retained its position as the world's top ______
     a.  tour wrist destination
     b.  tourist destiny nation
     c.  tourist destination
     d.  tour is destined nation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Spain is (1) ___________________ the USA as the world's second most popular tourist destination. This (2) ___________________ statistics from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The number of international tourists arriving in Spain (3) ___________________ 7 per cent in 2017. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy corroborated the figures. He said the country had a (4) ___________________ 2017, with more than 82 million international visitors. The growing number of international arrivals continues (5) ___________________. The figure for 2017 broke Spain's tourist arrival records for the fifth straight year. This (6) ___________________ terror attack on Barcelona in August, and demonstrations and unrest in Spain's Catalonia region for independence.

There was an 8 per cent increase (7) ___________________ Europe in 2017. The UNWTO said: "Led by Mediterranean destinations, Europe recorded extraordinary results for such a large (8) ___________________ region." Africa is increasingly becoming (9) ___________________ attractive destination and tourism there also went up by 8 per cent. Asia and the Pacific (10) ___________________ 6 per cent, the Middle East recorded 5 per cent, and tourism to the Americas grew by 3 per cent. The UNWTO added: "International travel continues (11) ___________________, consolidating the tourism sector as a key driver in economic development." France retained its position as the (12) ___________________ destination.

Comprehension questions

  1. What organization provided statistics on world tourism?
  2. By how much did tourism to Spain increase in 2017?
  3. Who said there were 82 million more tourists visiting Spain in 2017?
  4. How many years in a row has Spain seen record tourism?
  5. What did the article say happened in Catalonia besides unrest?
  6. What part of Europe led the increase in tourism in 2017?
  7. What world region saw an increase of 8% in tourism in 2017?
  8. By how much did tourism increase in North, South and Central America?
  9. What did the article say tourism was a key driver of?
  10. What was the world's top tourist destination in 2017?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What organization provided statistics on world tourism?
a) UNWTO
b) IMF
c) WTO
d) WHO
2) By how much did tourism to Spain increase in 2017?
a) 8%
b) 7%
c) 6%
d) 9%
3) Who said there were 82 million more tourists visiting Spain in 2017?
a) the UN
b)  a hotel association
c) Spain's leader
d) a travel guide editor
4) How many years in a row has Spain seen record tourism?
a) 5
b) 6
c) 4
d) 8
5) What did the article say happened in Catalonia besides unrest?
a) a huge convention
b) sporting events
c) demonstrations
d) bad weather

6) What part of Europe led the increase in tourism in 2017?
a) the UK
b) the Mediterranean
c) the Balkans
d) Scandinavia
7) What world region saw an increase of 8% in tourism in 2017?
a) the Middle East
b) the Pacific
c) Asia
d) Africa
8) By how much did tourism increase in North, South and Central America?
a) 3%
b) 5%
c) 8%
d) 7%
9) What did the article say tourism was a key driver of?
a) pollution
b) cultural relations
c) economic development
d) cars
10) What was the world's top tourist destination in 2017?
a) the USA
b) France
c) Africa
d) Central America

Role play

Role  A – Mediterranean
You think the Mediterranean is the best region to visit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their regions aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these regions (and why): Middle East, Central America or South-East Asia.

Role  B – Middle East
You think the Middle East is the best region to visit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their regions aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these regions (and why): Mediterranean, Central America or South-East Asia.

Role  C – Central America
You think Central America is the best region to visit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their regions aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these regions (and why): Middle East, Mediterranean or South-East Asia.

Role  D – South-East Asia
You think South-East Asia is the best region to visit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their regions aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these regions (and why): Middle East, Central America or Mediterranean.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'tourist'

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  • and 'destination'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • 8
    • large
    • Africa
    • 5
    • strongly
    • position
    • set
    • statistics
    • 7
    • record
    • figure
    • despite




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Spain to replace USA as second most popular tourism location

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'Spain'?
    3. What is your favourite tourist destination?
    4. How good is your country for tourists?
    5. What do you think of Spain?
    6. What do you think of the tourists who come to your country?
    7. How could your country be better for tourists?
    8. Would you visit a city where there was a terrorist attack?
    9. What three adjectives best describe your country?
    10. How important are tourists to your country?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'tourism'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What kind of tourist are you?
    5. Which three places would you really like to visit?
    6. Why do you think Spain is so popular?
    7. What are the best things for tourists to do in your country?
    8. What are the bad things about tourism?
    9. What are the good things about tourism?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Spain's leader about Spain?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Spain is (1) ____ to replace the USA as the world's second most popular tourist destination. This is according (2) ____ statistics from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The (3) ____ of international tourists arriving in Spain grew by over 7 per cent in 2017. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy corroborated the figures. He said the country had a (4) ____ year in 2017, with more than 82 million international visitors. The growing number of international arrivals continues a growing (5) ____. The figure for 2017 broke Spain's tourist arrival records for the fifth straight year. This is (6) ____ the terror attack on Barcelona in August, and demonstrations and unrest in Spain's Catalonia region for independence.

    There was an 8 per cent increase in tourism to Europe in 2017. The UNWTO said: "(7) ____ by Mediterranean destinations, Europe recorded extraordinary results for such a large and (8) ____ mature region." Africa is increasingly becoming an established and attractive destination and tourism there also went up by 8 per cent. Asia and the Pacific saw (9) ____ of 6 per cent, the Middle East recorded 5 per cent, and tourism to the (10) ____ grew by 3 per cent. The UNWTO added: "International travel continues to grow strongly, consolidating the tourism (11) ____ as a key driver in economic development." France (12) ____ its position as the world's top tourist destination.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     set     (b)     let     (c)     bet     (d)     net    
    2. (a)     as     (b)     of     (c)     to     (d)     by    
    3. (a)     numeral     (b)     numeracy     (c)     number     (d)     numerical    
    4. (a)     records     (b)     recorded     (c)     recording     (d)     record    
    5. (a)     trend     (b)     trends     (c)     trending     (d)     trendy    
    6. (a)     respite     (b)     despite     (c)     spite     (d)     spiteful    
    7. (a)     Ted     (b)     Med     (c)     Wed     (d)     Led    
    8. (a)     lather     (b)     rather     (c)     bother     (d)     either    
    9. (a)     spurt     (b)     rising     (c)     growth     (d)     rocket    
    10. (a)     America     (b)     Americas     (c)     Americans     (d)     Americana    
    11. (a)     section     (b)     secrete     (c)     sect     (d)     sector    
    12. (a)     obtained     (b)     retained     (c)     attained     (d)     contained

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  by 3 per cent. The UNWTO added: "International travel continues to grow
    (...)  straight year. This is despite the terror attack on Barcelona in August, and demonstrations
    (...)  arriving in Spain grew by over 7 per cent in 2017. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy corroborated the figures. He said the country had
    (...)  strongly, consolidating the tourism sector as a key driver in economic
    1  ) Spain is set to replace the USA as the world's second most popular tourist destination. This is according
    (...)  There was an 8 per cent increase in tourism to Europe in 2017. The UNWTO said: "Led by Mediterranean
    (...)  and unrest in Spain's Catalonia region for independence.
    (...)  of international arrivals continues a growing trend. The figure for 2017 broke Spain's tourist arrival records for the fifth
    (...)  a record year in 2017, with more than 82 million international visitors. The growing number
    (...)  destinations, Europe recorded extraordinary results for such a large and rather mature region." Africa is increasingly
    (...)  development." France retained its position as the world's top tourist destination.
    (...)  becoming an established and attractive destination and tourism there also went up by 8 per cent. Asia and the
    (...)  Pacific saw growth of 6 per cent, the Middle East recorded 5 per cent, and tourism to the Americas grew
    (...)  to statistics from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The number of international tourists

    Put the words in the right order

    1. second   world's   tourist   The   destination   .   popular   most
    2. according   is   to   This   statistics   the   from   UN   .
    3. the   He   said   record   country   a   year   .   had
    4. growing   arrivals   international   of   number   The   continues   .
    5. attack   terror   is   on   Barcelona   .   despite   This   the
    6. was   tourism   increase   an   in   Europe   .   to   There   8%
    7. Africa   destination   .   increasingly   becoming   an   is   attractive
    8. Americas   by   the   per   grew   to   Tourism   3   cent   .
    9. a   sector   tourism   the   key   Consolidating   driver   .   as
    10. position   retained   the   as   France   its   top   destination   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Spain is set / sent to replace the USA as the world's second most popular tourist destination. This is according of / to statistics from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The number of international tourists arriving in Spain grew/ growth by over 7 per cent in 2017. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy corroborated / collaborated the figures. He said the country had a recorded / record year in 2017, with more than 82 million international visitors. The growing numeral / number of international arrivals continues a growing trend / trendy. The figure for 2017 broke Spain's tourist arrival records for the fifth bent / straight year. This is despite / spite the terror attack on Barcelona in August, and demonstrations and unrest in Spain's Catalonia region / regional for independence.

    There was an / the 8 per cent increase in tourism to Europe in 2017. The UNWTO said: "Led by Mediterranean destinies / destinations, Europe recorded extraordinary / extraordinaire results for such a largely / large and rather mature region." Africa is increasingly becoming / became an established and attracted / attractive destination and tourism there also went up by 8 per cent. Asia and the Pacific saw growing / growth of 6 per cent, the Middle East recorded 5 per cent, and tourism to the Americas grew by 3 per cent. The UNWTO added: "International travel continues to grow strongly / strength, consolidating the tourism sector / section as a key driver in economic development." France detained / retained its position as the world's top tourist destination.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    T h _ r _   w _ s   _ n   8   p _ r   c _ n t   _ n c r _ _ s _   _ n   t _ _ r _ s m   t _   E _ r _ p _   _ n   2 0 1 7 .   T h _   U N W T O   s _ _ d :   " L _ d   b y   M _ d _ t _ r r _ n _ _ n   d _ s t _ n _ t _ _ n s ,   E _ r _ p _   r _ c _ r d _ d   _ x t r _ _ r d _ n _ r y   r _ s _ l t s   f _ r   s _ c h   _   l _ r g _   _ n d   r _ t h _ r   m _ t _ r _   r _ g _ _ n . "   A f r _ c _   _ s   _ n c r _ _ s _ n g l y   b _ c _ m _ n g   _ n   _ s t _ b l _ s h _ d   _ n d   _ t t r _ c t _ v _   d _ s t _ n _ t _ _ n   _ n d   t _ _ r _ s m   t h _ r _   _ l s _   w _ n t   _ p   b y   8   p _ r   c _ n t .   A s _ _   _ n d   t h _   P _ c _ f _ c   s _ w   g r _ w t h   _ f   6   p _ r   c _ n t ,   t h _   M _ d d l _   E _ s t   r _ c _ r d _ d   5   p _ r   c _ n t ,   _ n d   t _ _ r _ s m   t _   t h _   A m _ r _ c _ s   g r _ w   b y   3   p _ r   c _ n t .   T h _   U N W T O   _ d d _ d :   " I n t _ r n _ t _ _ n _ l   t r _ v _ l   c _ n t _ n _ _ s   t _   g r _ w   s t r _ n g l y ,   c _ n s _ l _ d _ t _ n g   t h _   t _ _ r _ s m   s _ c t _ r   _ s   _   k _ y   d r _ v _ r   _ n   _ c _ n _ m _ c   d _ v _ l _ p m _ n t . "   F r _ n c _   r _ t _ _ n _ d   _ t s   p _ s _ t _ _ n   _ s   t h _   w _ r l d ' s   t _ p   t _ _ r _ s t   d _ s t _ n _ t _ _ n .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    spain is set to replace the usa as the worlds second most popular tourist destination this is according to statistics from the un world tourism organization unwto the number of international tourists arriving in spain grew by over 7 per cent in 2017 spanish pm mariano rajoy corroborated the figures he said the country had a record year in 2017 with more than 82 million international visitors the growing number of international arrivals continues a growing trend the figure for 2017 broke spains tourist arrival records for the fifth straight year this is despite the terror attack on barcelona in august and demonstrations and unrest in spains catalonia region for independence
    there was an 8 per cent increase in tourism to europe in 2017 the unwto said led by mediterranean destinations europe recorded extraordinary results for such a large and rather mature region africa is increasingly becoming an established and attractive destination and tourism there also went up by 8 per cent asia and the pacific saw growth of 6 per cent the middle east recorded 5 per cent and tourism to the americas grew by 3 per cent the unwto added international travel continues to grow strongly consolidating the tourism sector as a key driver in economic development france retained its position as the worlds top tourist destination.

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    SpainissettoreplacetheUSAastheworld'ssecondmostpopulartouristd
    estination.ThisisaccordingtostatisticsfromtheUNWorldTourismOrga
    nization(UNWTO).ThenumberofinternationaltouristsarrivinginSpai
    ngrewbyover7percentin2017.SpanishPMMarianoRajoycorroborate
    dthefigures.Hesaidthecountryhadarecordyearin2017,withmoretha
    n82millioninternationalvisitors.Thegrowingnumberofinternationala
    rrivalscontinuesagrowingtrend.Thefigurefor2017brokeSpain'stouri
    starrivalrecordsforthefifthstraightyear.Thisisdespitetheterrorattack
    onBarcelonainAugust,anddemonstrationsandunrestinSpain'sCatalo
    niaregionforindependence.Therewasan8percentincreaseintourismt
    oEuropein2017.TheUNWTOsaid:"LedbyMediterraneandestinations,
    Europerecordedextraordinaryresultsforsuchalargeandrathermatur
    eregion."Africaisincreasinglybecominganestablishedandattractived
    estinationandtourismtherealsowentupby8percent.AsiaandthePacifi
    csawgrowthof6percent,theMiddleEastrecorded5percent,andtouris
    mtotheAmericasgrewby3percent.TheUNWTOadded:"Internationalt
    ravelcontinuestogrowstrongly,consolidatingthetourismsectorasake
    ydriverineconomicdevelopment."Franceretaineditspositionasthewo
    rld'stoptouristdestination.

    Free writing

    Write about Spain for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Discuss reasons how tourism is helping and damaging the world. Is tourism good?

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. TOURISM: Make a poster about tourism. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Write a magazine article about tourism being essential for economic development. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on tourism. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to increase tourism to your country. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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