The Reading / Listening - Luxury Travel - Level 1

The online company Airbnb is moving into the luxury travel market. Its new business model will try to attract richer people. It will offer new places to stay, like vacation homes and boutique hotels. Airbnb offers over four million rooms in 191 countries. It has had over 260 million reservations since it started nine years ago. It wants to increase this to more than one billion by 2028. The CEO said Airbnb is still an "alternative". He wants it to be for everyone.



Airbnb does not own any properties. It is a broker between property owners who want to rent out their homes, and travelers looking for different places to stay. The company makes money from booking fees. It will also offer adventure travel and "unique spaces," like yurts - the large, round tents in which many people in Mongolia live. Airbnb's new "Beyond" option will offer travelers "full-on luxury stays" that include "some of the world's nicest homes".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Luxury Travel - Level 0 Luxury Travel - Level 2   or  Luxury Travel - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/airbnb-is-getting-all-fancy/
  • https://www.vogue.com.au/vogue-living/travel/the-airbnb-experience-is-about-to-get-even-better/news-story/e95b3ca4cd25024bc6921f62441c5b6c
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbnb


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Its new business
  2. attract
  3. vacation homes and boutique
  4. It has had over 260 million
  5. since it started
  6. It wants to increase this to
  7. Airbnb is still an
  8. He wants it to
  1. reservations
  2. "alternative"
  3. model
  4. be for everyone
  5. hotels
  6. nine years ago
  7. more than one billion
  8. richer people

Paragraph 2

  1. Airbnb does not own any
  2. owners who want to
  3. travelers looking for different
  4. The company makes money
  5. It will also offer adventure
  6. large,
  7. full-
  8. some of the world's
  1. round tents
  2. from booking fees
  3. properties
  4. nicest homes
  5. places to stay
  6. on luxury
  7. rent out their homes
  8. travel

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The online company Airbnb (1) ___________________ the luxury travel market. Its new business model will (2) ___________________ richer people. It will offer new places to stay, like vacation homes (3) ___________________. Airbnb offers over four million rooms in 191 countries. It has had (4) ___________________ reservations since it started nine years ago. It wants to increase this to more (5) ___________________ by 2028. The CEO said Airbnb is still an "alternative". He wants it to (6) ___________________.

Airbnb does (7) ___________________ properties. It is a broker between property owners who want to rent (8) ___________________, and travelers looking for different places to stay. The company makes money (9) ___________________. It will also offer adventure travel and "unique spaces," like yurts - the large, (10) ___________________ which many people in Mongolia live. Airbnb's new "Beyond" (11) ___________________ travelers "full-on luxury stays" that include "(12) ___________________ world's nicest homes".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheonlinecompanyAirbnbismovingintotheluxurytravelmarket.Itsne
wbusinessmodelwilltrytoattractricherpeople.Itwilloffernewplacesto
stay,likevacationhomesandboutiquehotels.Airbnboffersoverfourm
illionroomsin191countries.Ithashadover260millionreservationssinc
eitstartednineyearsago.Itwantstoincreasethistomorethanonebillion
by2028.TheCEOsaidAirbnbisstillan"alternative".Hewantsittobefore
veryone.Airbnbdoesnotownanyproperties.Itisabrokerbetweenprop
ertyownerswhowanttorentouttheirhomes,andtravelerslookingfordif
ferentplacestostay.Thecompanymakesmoneyfrombookingfees.Itwi
llalsoofferadventuretraveland"uniquespaces,"likeyurts-thelarg
e,roundtentsinwhichmanypeopleinMongolialive.Airbnb'snew"Beyo
nd"optionwilloffertravelers"fullonluxurystays"thatinclude"someoft
heworld'snicesthomes".

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 — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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