The Reading / Listening - Tourism - Level 2

The coronavirus could cut 50 million jobs worldwide in the tourism industry. This is what the World Travel and Tourism Council says. The tourism industry could become 25 per cent smaller. Many people are not travelling because more countries are taking action to fight COVID-19. This action includes closing borders, requiring people self-quarantine for 14 days, and banning flights from other countries. A tourism expert said the pandemic, "clearly presents a significant threat to the industry as a whole, to those employed within it, and those wishing to continue travelling".



Ten per cent of the world's GDP and jobs is from tourism. It is one of the industries hardest hit by the virus. Airlines and hotels have big losses. Korean Air warned the coronavirus could threaten its survival. Qantas reduced its international flights by nearly 25 per cent. World-famous sites are deserted. This could cause restaurants and cafes to go out of business as tourists stay away from crowded places. Experts predict that over half of Hawaii's hotel rooms will be empty for the next few months. Tourism could take 10 months to recover after the virus has gone.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tourism - Level 0 Tourism - Level 1   or  Tourism - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.ibtimes.com/coronavirus-could-wipe-out-50-million-tourism-jobs-across-world-2939909
  • https://www.arabnews.com/node/1641211/business-economy
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51852505


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. cut
  2. Many people are not
  3. taking action to
  4. closing
  5. self-quarantine
  6. banning flights
  7. presents a significant threat
  8. those wishing to
  1. for 14 days
  2. to the industry
  3. travelling
  4. continue travelling
  5. borders
  6. 50 million jobs
  7. from other countries
  8. fight COVID-19

Paragraph 2

  1. one of the industries hardest
  2. the coronavirus could threaten
  3. World-famous sites are
  4. cause restaurants and cafes to go
  5. tourists stay away
  6. hotel rooms will
  7. Tourism could take 10 months
  8. after the virus
  1. from crowded places
  2. to recover
  3. hit by the virus
  4. has gone
  5. out of business
  6. deserted
  7. its survival
  8. be empty

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The coronavirus (1) ___________________ million jobs worldwide in the tourism industry. This is what the World Travel and Tourism Council says. (2) ___________________ could become 25 per cent smaller. Many people are not travelling because more countries are taking (3) ___________________ COVID-19. This action includes closing borders, requiring people self-quarantine for 14 days, and banning (4) ___________________ countries. A tourism expert said the pandemic, "clearly presents a significant (5) ___________________ industry as a whole, to those employed within it, and those (6) ___________________ travelling".

Ten per cent of the world's GDP (7) ___________________ from tourism. It is one of the industries (8) ___________________ the virus. Airlines and hotels have big losses. Korean Air warned the coronavirus could (9) ___________________. Qantas reduced its international flights by nearly 25 per cent. World-famous sites are deserted. (10) ___________________ restaurants and cafes to go out of business as tourists stay away from crowded places. Experts predict that (11) ___________________ Hawaii's hotel rooms will be empty for the next few months. Tourism could take 10 months to recover (12) ___________________ has gone.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thecoronaviruscouldcut50millionjobsworldwideinthetourismindust
ry.ThisiswhattheWorldTravelandTourismCouncilsays.Thetourismin
dustrycouldbecome25percentsmaller.Manypeoplearenottravellingb
ecausemorecountriesaretakingactiontofightCOVID-19.Thisactioni
ncludesclosingborders,requiringpeopleself-quarantinefor14days
,andbanningflightsfromothercountries.Atourismexpertsaidthepand
emic,"clearlypresentsasignificantthreattotheindustryasawhole,toth
oseemployedwithinit,andthosewishingtocontinuetravelling".Tenper
centoftheworld'sGDPandjobsisfromtourism.Itisoneoftheindustriesh
ardesthitbythevirus.Airlinesandhotelshavebiglosses.KoreanAirwar
nedthecoronaviruscouldthreatenitssurvival.Qantasreduceditsintern
ationalflightsbynearly25percent.World-famoussitesaredeserted.Th
iscouldcauserestaurantsandcafestogooutofbusinessastouristsstaya
wayfromcrowdedplaces.ExpertspredictthatoverhalfofHawaii'shotelr
oomswillbeemptyforthenextfewmonths.Tourismcouldtake10month
storecoverafterthevirushasgone.

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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(n) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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