Here are some Part 3 questions (and sample answers) which were asked in an IELTS speaking test in the UK this month.
IELTS Part 3 questions about tourism / tourists / travel industryIELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Discussion Questions
Do you think the tourist industry is a good industry to work in for young people in your country?
It depends, there are many different types of work in tourism. Some jobs are temporary, part-time or seasonal while others can be professional careers related to hotel and restaurant management, or even self-employment.
Tourism seems to be a booming industry in many countries so it can provide many opportunities for young people, either short-term or long-term depending on what they are specifically looking for.
I think if a young person is serious about building a career within the tourism industry, it can provide good opportunities as more and more people are travelling nowadays and visiting places outside their own countries so the future of tourism in general looks to be a healthy one in terms of employment prospects.
Should there be any restrictions on the travel business?
I’m not sure what kinds of restrictions you are referring to, but obviously eco-tourism has become a hot topic because it ensures that the environment isn’t damaged by tourism. Any restrictions, such as those necessary to protect the natural environment and wildlife from the impact of many tourists in an area, are a good idea and should be encouraged.
Should there be any restrictions on the tourism industry?
If we consider the impact of travel and accommodating a large number of people visiting a particular area for tourism purposes, then yes, there probably should be some form of restriction.
When a certain location becomes extremely popular with tourists it can change the local culture and impact life for the native inhabitants. It can affect prices, transport and congestion.
There’s also the question of construction of new hotels and other tourist accommodation which can impact on the local landscape. This should be controlled so that the development of tourism in an area is carried out in a positive way with no negative consequences for the local people.
Should there be any restrictions on business travel?
I think it would be difficult to justify restricting business travel. After all, if it wasn’t necessary, most companies wouldn’t do it. Corporations are always looking to cut their costs, so unnecessary business travel would probably be one of the first things they would target.
Apart from that, business travel also means supporting a whole range of commercial activities as part of the process; hotels, restaurants, car hire, taxis and other service providers all benefit from business travellers.