The Reading / Listening - Tourism - Level 3

The coronavirus pandemic could cut up to 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry. This is according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The tourism industry could shrink by up to 25 per cent. Many people are staying at home and not travelling. Many people cannot travel as more and more countries are taking action to fight COVID-19. This action includes closing borders, requiring people self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in a country, and banning flights from other countries. The head of the WTTC 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".



The tourism industry makes up 10 per cent of the world's GDP and jobs. It is one of the industries hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus. Airlines, cruise ships and hotels have suffered big losses. Korean Air has warned that the coronavirus could threaten its survival. Australia's Qantas has reduced its international flights by nearly 25 per cent because of the outbreak. World-famous sites are deserted. This could cause restaurants and cafes to go out of business as tourists stay away from crowded places. Tourism is a key industry in Hawaii. Experts there predict that over half of Hawaii's hotel rooms will be empty over the next few months. The WTTC said that tourism would take 10 months to recover after the virus.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Tourism - Level 0 Tourism - Level 1   or  Tourism - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. TOURISM JOBS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about tourism jobs. 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?
       pandemic / worldwide / tourism / industry / travel / quarantine / borders / threat /
       GDP / virus / losses / survival / international / outbreak / crowded / hotel rooms
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. LOCKDOWN: Students A strongly believe all countries should go into lockdown for 14 days; Students B strongly believe this is a bad idea.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. JOBS: How are these people affected by the coronavirus? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How They Are Affected

What They Can Do Instead

Waiters

 

 

Tour guides

 

 

Pilots

 

 

Street performers

 

 

Hoteliers

 

 

Taxi drivers

 

 

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

  • Taj Mahal
  • Mount Fuji
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Disneyland
  • Victoria Falls
  • The Pyramids
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Great Barrier Reef

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. pandemic a. The line between two countries or areas.
      2. industry b. This is what someone said or wrote.
      3. according to c. A particular area of business (e.g. tourism, IT, healthcare, farming, steel making, etc.).
      4. shrink d. A person or thing likely to cause damage or danger.
      5. border e. A disease or virus spreading all around the world or all around a country.
      6. flight f. Become smaller.
      7. threat g. The action or an airplane flying through the air.

    Paragraph 2

      8. hit h. Really, really full of people.
      9. losses i. Say or guess that something will happen in the future.
      10. deserted j. Very, very important.
      11. crowded k. The amount of money lost by a business.
      12. key l. Get back to normal after something bad happening.
      13. predict m. Affected badly by something.
      14. recover n. Totally empty of people.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Over 50 million jobs have been lost in the tourism industry.     T / F
  2. A tourism organisation said the tourism industry could shrink by 25%.     T / F
  3. Countries are asking people to self-quarantine for 14 weeks.     T / F
  4. The head of a tourist organisation said the virus won't threaten tourism.  T / F
  5. Ten per cent of the world's GDP comes from tourism.     T / F
  6. Korean Airlines is confident it will survive the coronavirus crisis.     T / F
  7. Qantas airlines is only putting on 25% of its international flights.     T / F
  8. An organisation said tourism would need 10 months to recover.     T / F

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

  1. cut
  2. closing
  3. head
  4. significant
  5. continue
  6. hit
  7. warned
  8. crowded
  9. empty
  10. recover
  1. chief
  2. vacant
  3. go on
  4. cautioned
  5. shutting
  6. big
  7. pick up
  8. reduce
  9. packed
  10. impacted

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

  1. could cut up to
  2. The tourism industry could shrink
  3. more and more countries
  4. self-quarantine
  5. a significant threat to the industry
  6. The tourism industry makes up 10%
  7. It is one of the industries hardest
  8. suffered big
  9. World-famous sites are
  10. tourism would take 10 months
  1. of the world's GDP
  2. for 14 days
  3. to recover
  4. as a whole
  5. losses
  6. 50 million jobs worldwide
  7. deserted
  8. by up to 25 per cent
  9. hit
  10. are taking action

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
head
according
action
those
cut
threat
quarantine
shrink

The coronavirus pandemic could (1) ____________ up to 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry. This is (2) ____________ to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The tourism industry could (3) ____________ by up to 25 per cent. Many people are staying at home and not travelling. Many people cannot travel as more and more countries are taking (4) ____________ to fight COVID-19. This action includes closing borders, requiring people self-(5) ____________ for 14 days after arriving in a country, and banning flights from other countries. The (6) ____________ of the WTTC said the pandemic, "clearly presents a significant (7) ____________ to the industry as a whole, to those employed within it, and (8) ____________ wishing to continue travelling".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
losses
recover
outbreak
makes
key
hardest
deserted
survival

The tourism industry (9) ____________ up 10 per cent of the world's GDP and jobs. It is one of the industries (10) ____________ hit by the COVID-19 virus. Airlines, cruise ships and hotels have suffered big (11) ____________. Korean Air has warned that the coronavirus could threaten its (12) ____________. Australia's Qantas has reduced its international flights by nearly 25 per cent because of the (13) ____________. World-famous sites are (14) ____________. This could cause restaurants and cafes to go out of business as tourists stay away from crowded places. Tourism is a (15) ____________ industry in Hawaii. Experts there predict that over half of Hawaii's hotel rooms will be empty over the next few months. The WTTC said that tourism would take 10 months to (16) ____________ after the virus.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  cut up to 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel ______
     a.  and tourism industrial
     b.  and tourism industrialise
     c.  and tourism industry
     d.  and tourism in dust tree
2)  The tourism industry could shrink ______ 25 per cent
     a.  by up to
     b.  by up two
     c.  by up too
     d.  by up tool
3)  This action includes closing borders, requiring ______
     a.  people self-quarantine
     b.  people shelf-quarantine
     c.  people serf-quarantine
     d.  people sell-quarantine
4)  The head of the WTTC said the pandemic clearly presents ______
     a.  a significance threat
     b.  a significant threat
     c.  a significantly threat
     d.  a signify threat
5)  industry as a whole, to those employed within it, and those ______
     a.  wish in too continue
     b.  wish shin to continue
     c.  wishing to continue
     d.  wishing too continue

6)  The tourism industry makes up 10 per cent of the world's ______
     a.  GDP and jobs
     b.  GOP and jobs
     c.  LDP and jobs
     d.  GDB and jobs
7)  Airlines, cruise ships and hotels have ______
     a.  suffered big loss is
     b.  suffered big losses
     c.  suffered big loses
     d.  suffered big loss says
8)  This could cause restaurants and cafes to go ______
     a.  out off business
     b.  out oft business
     c.  out of business
     d.  outer business
9)  over half of Hawaii's hotel rooms will be empty over the ______
     a.  next phew months
     b.  next flew months
     c.  next few months
     d.  next flu months
10)  The WTTC said that tourism would take 10 months ______
     a.  to recovery after
     b.  to recover aft the
     c.  to recover rather
     d.  to recover after

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The coronavirus pandemic could (1) ___________________ 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry. This (2) ___________________ the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The tourism industry could shrink by up to 25 per cent. Many people (3) ___________________ home and not travelling. Many people cannot travel as more and more countries are taking action to fight COVID-19. This (4) ___________________ closing borders, requiring people self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in a country, and (5) ___________________ other countries. The head of the WTTC said the pandemic, "clearly presents a significant threat to the industry as a whole, to those (6) ___________________, and those wishing to continue travelling".

The tourism (7) ___________________ 10 per cent of the world's GDP and jobs. It is one of the industries hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus. Airlines, cruise ships and hotels have (8) ___________________. Korean Air has warned that the coronavirus could threaten its survival. Australia's Qantas has reduced its international (9) ___________________ 25 per cent because of the outbreak. World-famous sites are deserted. This could cause restaurants and cafes to (10) ___________________ business as tourists stay away from crowded places. Tourism is a key industry in Hawaii. Experts there (11) ___________________ half of Hawaii's hotel rooms will be empty over the next few months. The WTTC said that tourism would take 10 months (12) ___________________ the virus.

Comprehension questions

  1. By how much could the tourism industry shrink because of COVID-19?
  2. Where did the article say many people are staying?
  3. What are many countries closing?
  4. What are countries banning from other countries?
  5. What did the WTTC say the virus presented to the tourism industry?
  6. How much of the world's GDP comes from tourism?
  7. What airline is worried about its survival?
  8. What did the article say was deserted?
  9. Where did the article say tourism was a key industry?
  10. How long did the WTTC say tourism would take to recover?




Multiple choice quiz

1) By how much could the tourism industry shrink because of COVID-19?
a) by 50%
b) by 45%
c) by 35%
d) by 25%
2) Where did the article say many people are staying?
a) at work
b) at home
c) outside
d) in more expensive hotels
3) What are many countries closing?
a) parks
b) hospitals
c) embassies
d) borders
4) What are countries banning from other countries?
a) medicines
b) face masks
c) flights
d) tourists
5) What did the WTTC say the virus presented to the tourism industry?
a) a test
b) a challenge
c) a treat
d) a threat

6) How much of the world's GDP comes from tourism?
a) 15%
b) 12%
c) 10%
d) 8%
7) What airline is worried about its survival?
a) Korean
b) China
c) Japan Airlines
d) British Airways
8) What did the article say was deserted?
a) parks
b) hospitals
c) world-famous sites
d) streets
9) Where did the article say tourism was a key industry?
a) India
b) Hawaii
c) Florida
d) Egypt
10) How long did the WTTC say tourism would take to recover?
a) 10 months
b) a year
c)  20 months
d) 18 months

Role play

Role  A – The Taj Mahal
You think Taj Mahal is the world's best site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Mount Fuji, the Pyramids or the Great Barrier Reef.

Role  B – Mount Fuji
You think Mount Fuji is the world's best site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Taj Mahal, the Pyramids or the Great Barrier Reef.

Role  C – The Pyramids
You think the Pyramids is the world's best site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Mount Fuji, Taj Mahal or the Great Barrier Reef.

Role  D – The Great Barrier Reef
You think the Great Barrier Reef is the world's best site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Mount Fuji, the Pyramids or Taj Mahal.

After reading / listening

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

'tourism'

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  • and 'jobs'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • cut
    • shrink
    • home
    • action
    • 14
    • whole
    • hit
    • losses
    • survival
    • cafes
    • half
    • recover




    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 - Tourism

    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 'tourism'?
    3. How important is tourism?
    4. How often do you visit other cities and countries?
    5. What will happen to the people losing their jobs?
    6. What is there to do for tourists in your country?
    7. How important is travelling to you?
    8. Should all countries close their borders?
    9. What tourism job would you like to do?
    10. What would you do if you self-quarantined for 14 days?

    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 'job'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What can governments do to help the tourism industry?
    5. Where would you go on vacation right now?
    6. How has the coronavirus affected tourism in your country?
    7. Should all vacations be cancelled for a year?
    8. What other industries is the coronavirus badly affecting?
    9. What advice do you have for those in the tourism industry?
    10. What questions would you like to ask tourism bosses?

    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)

    The coronavirus pandemic could (1) ____ up to 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry. This is (2) ____ to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The tourism industry could shrink by up to 25 per cent. Many people are staying at home and not (3) ____. Many people cannot travel as more and more countries are taking action to fight COVID-19. This action includes closing borders, (4) ____ people self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in a country, and banning (5) ____ from other countries. The head of the WTTC said the pandemic, "clearly presents a significant threat to the industry as a (6) ____, to those employed within it, and those wishing to continue traveling."

    The tourism industry makes up 10 per cent of the world's GDP and jobs. It is one of the industries hardest (7) ____ by the COVID-19 virus. Airlines, cruise ships and hotels have suffered big losses. Korean Air has warned (8) ____ the coronavirus could threaten its survival. Australia's Qantas has reduced its international flights by nearly 25 per cent because of the outbreak. World-famous sites are (9) ____. This could cause restaurants and cafes to go out of business (10) ____ tourists stay away from crowded places. Tourism is a (11) ____ industry in Hawaii. Experts there predict that over half of Hawaii's hotel rooms will be empty over the next few months. The WTTC said that tourism would take 10 months (12) ____ recover after the virus.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     slice     (b)     chop     (c)     cut     (d)     grate    
    2. (a)     according     (b)     accordance     (c)     accord     (d)     accords    
    3. (a)     travelling     (b)     travels     (c)     travails     (d)     traveller    
    4. (a)     requiring     (b)     requires     (c)     required     (d)     requirement    
    5. (a)     fights     (b)     flights     (c)     flints     (d)     feints    
    6. (a)     third     (b)     half     (c)     hole     (d)     whole    
    7. (a)     slapped     (b)     punched     (c)     hit     (d)     whacked    
    8. (a)     whomsoever     (b)     which     (c)     what     (d)     that    
    9. (a)     deserted     (b)     lunched     (c)     breakfasted     (d)     dined    
    10. (a)     as     (b)     was     (c)     is     (d)     has    
    11. (a)     lock     (b)     key     (c)     padlock     (d)     chain    
    12. (a)     for     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     on

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  and cafes to go out of business as tourists stay away from crowded places. Tourism is a key
    (...)  up to 25 per cent. Many people are staying at home and not travelling. Many people cannot
    (...)  hit by the COVID-19 virus. Airlines, cruise ships and hotels have suffered big losses. Korean Air has
    (...)  warned that the coronavirus could threaten its survival. Australia's Qantas has reduced its international flights by nearly
    (...)  threat to the industry as a whole, to those employed within it, and those wishing to continue travelling".
    (...)  to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The tourism industry could shrink by
    (...)  few months. The WTTC said that tourism would take 10 months to recover after the virus.
    (...)  25 per cent because of the outbreak. World-famous sites are deserted. This could cause restaurants
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    (...)  The tourism industry makes up 10 per cent of the world's GDP and jobs. It is one of the industries hardest
    (...)  flights from other countries. The head of the WTTC said the pandemic, "clearly presents a significant
    (...)  travel as more and more countries are taking action to fight COVID-19. This action includes closing
    (...)  industry in Hawaii. Experts there predict that over half of Hawaii's hotel rooms will be empty over the next
    (...)  borders, requiring people self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in a country, and banning

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. shrink   could   industry   tourism   The   .   by   25 per cent
    3. fight   to   countries   More   COVID-19   .   are   taking   action
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    9. out   cafes   business   .   to   and   of   Restaurants   go
    10. empty   .   of   Over   rooms   will   hotel   be   half

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The coronavirus pandemic could cut down / up to 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industrial / industry. This is according to / for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The tourism industry could shirk / shrink by up to 25 per cent. Many people are staying / straying at home and not travelling. Many people cannot travel as more and most / more countries are taking action to fight COVID-19. This action includes closer / closing borders, requiring people self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in / on a country, and banning flights from other countries. The head of the WTTC said the pandemic, "clearly presents a significant threat / treat to the industry as a whole, to those employed within it, and those wished / wishing to continue travelling".

    The tourism industry makes up 10 per cent off / of the world's GDP and jobs. It is one of the industries hardest punched / hit by the COVID-19 virus. Airlines, cruise ships and hotels have suffered big loses / losses. Korean Air has warned that the coronavirus could threaten its survive / survival. Australia's Qantas has reduced / redacted its international flights by nearly 25 per cent because of the outbreak. World-famous sites are dessert / deserted. This could cause restaurants and cafes to go out of businesses / business as tourists stay away from crowded places. Tourism is a lock / key industry in Hawaii. Experts there predict that over halve / half of Hawaii's hotel rooms will be empty over the next few months. The WTTC said that tourism would take 10 months to recover / recovery after the virus.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the coronavirus pandemic could cut up to 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry. this is according to the world travel and tourism council (wttc). the tourism industry could shrink by up to 25 per cent. many people are staying at home and not travelling. many people cannot travel as more and more countries are taking action to fight covid-19. this action includes closing borders, requiring people self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in a country, and banning flights from other countries. the head of the wttc 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".

    the tourism industry makes up 10 per cent of the world's gdp and jobs. it is one of the industries hardest hit by the covid-19 virus. Airlines, cruise ships and hotels have suffered big losses. korean air has warned that the coronavirus could threaten its survival. australia's qantas has reduced its international flights by nearly 25 per cent because of the outbreak. world-famous sites are deserted. this could cause restaurants and cafes to go out of business as tourists stay away from crowded places. tourism is a key industry in hawaii. experts there predict that over half of hawaii's hotel rooms will be empty over the next few months. the wttc said that tourism would take 10 months to recover after the virus

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    Thecoronaviruspandemiccouldcutupto50millionjobsworldwideinthe
    travelandtourismindustry.ThisisaccordingtotheWorldTravelandTou
    rismCouncil(WTTC).Thetourismindustrycouldshrinkbyupto25perce
    nt.Manypeoplearestayingathomeandnottravelling.Manypeoplecann
    ottravelasmoreandmorecountriesaretakingactiontofightCOVID-19.
    Thisactionincludesclosingborders,requiringpeopleself-quarantinef
    or14daysafterarrivinginacountry,andbanningflightsfromothercount
    ries.TheheadoftheWTTCsaidthepandemic,"clearlypresentsasignific
    antthreattotheindustryasawhole,tothoseemployedwithinit,andthos
    ewishingtocontinuetravelling".Thetourismindustrymakesup10perc
    entoftheworld'sGDPandjobs.Itisoneoftheindustrieshardesthitbythe
    COVID-19virus.Airlines,cruiseshipsandhotelshavesufferedbiglosse
    s.KoreanAirhaswarnedthatthecoronaviruscouldthreatenitssurvival.
    Australia'sQantashasreduceditsinternationalflightsbynearly25perc
    entbecauseoftheoutbreak.World-famoussitesaredeserted.Thiscou
    ldcauserestaurantsandcafestogooutofbusinessastouristsstayawayf
    romcrowdedplaces.TourismisakeyindustryinHawaii.Expertstherepr
    edictthatoverhalfofHawaii'shotelroomswillbeemptyoverthenextfew
    months.TheWTTCsaidthattourismwouldtake10monthstorecoveraft
    erthevirus.

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

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    Academic writing

    People should carry on and go on holiday as usual. Discuss.

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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 JOBS: Make a poster about tourism jobs. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SELF-ISOLATE: Write a magazine article about requiring everyone to self-isolate for two weeks. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 help the tourism industry. 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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