Academic Writing Task 2 | Task 2


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:


International travel is becoming cheaper, and countries are opening their doors to more and more tourists.

Do the advantages of increased tourism outweigh its disadvantages.


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


IELTS Writing Task 2 (Academic Writing)

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    Nowadays, an increasing number of people are concerned about transnational travel. However, whether international travel is a blessing or a curse is a controversial issue. My view is that in spite of the several demerits, this trend obviously plays a crucial role in the economic development around the world.


    First, it is obvious that international travel opens up opportunities for business development throughout the world. Contractors are invested not only in the domestic market but also in the overseas market. Some Singaporean business enterprises, for example, can earn a large proportion of income from their investments on a wide selection of tourism resorts with gorgeous scenery dotted in other neighbor countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, etc. Therefore, many inhabitants in the nations that have been invested by business owners will have an improved living standard than they used to be.


    Moreover, tourism income may help conserve the natural landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage. This is simply because preserving the festival, traditional rituals and spectacular scenery need a great amount of fund. If there is no such huge financial support, the scenic destination will be faded away sooner or later.


    This is not to say that the tourism industry is perfect/ impeccable. Chances are that living conditions and lifestyle are disturbed and the environment is degraded due to the fact that hordes of travelers flock to the serene places and bring in rubbish and noise. However, like other industries, the governments should legislate to avoid these problems.


    In conclusion, many cities and countries, nowadays, heavily rely on this indispensable industry, meanwhile, though the merits clearly outweigh the demerits, the consequences should be handled by efforts. Only by doing so can we ensure that the tourism would be developing in a healthy and environmentally friendly way.


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