II. Discuss these statements with a partner. Write T (true) or F (false)

1. One in fifty of all workers are employed in tourism related industries.

2. The number of international tourism arrivals will more than double between 2004 and 2020.

3. Tourists often worry about international security.

4. Tourism has only had a good influence on the modern world.

III. Which of the following topics does the text discuss?

1. mass tourism

2. technological developments

3. tourism industry

IV. In pairs, answer and discuss these questions.

1. What do these numbers refer to?

a. 1841

b. 25 million

c. 760 million

d. 1.6 billion

2. What are the four positive and four negative effects of tourism mentioned in the article?

3. Which of the key developments in tourism do you think were the most important?

4. Can you think of some recent international events that have affected the tourism industry?

5. Do you think tourism is a positive or a negative influence in the world?

Lexical exercises

Active vocabulary

I. In the two columns match the words on the left with those on the right to make word partnerships about travel.

1. business A baggage

2. expense B difference

3. duty C class

4. time D claim

5. boarding E free

6. excess F fare

7. hand G lounge

8. taxi H luggage

9. departure I agents

10. travel J card

II. Use some expressions from exercise I. and complete these dialogues:

1. What’s the……………………………..between here and New York? Six hours, I think.

2. If you have got the moment, can you ring…..and book me a seat on the morning flight to Geneva?

You’ll be flying………………………….as usual, I suppose?

3. Can I see your………………………………………….sir?

Yes, of course. Here you are.

Is that bag yours?

Yes it is.

I’ll have to put it in the hold, I’m afraid. You are only allowed one piece of…..in the cabin.

4. Thanks for the perfume, Tom. It must have cost a fortune.

Well, actually, I bought it in the………………………shop at Athens airport.

5. By the way, how much is the……………….from the airport to your office?

About $15, I think. It depends on the route the driver takes.