In this English lesson you will learn some of the key English words about tourism. This lesson will help you increas your vocabulary and speak English more fluently about the topic of tourism.
Tourism is a massive industry nowadays. People are travelling the world on holidays like never before.
In fact, in some cities there are so many tourists that it has become a problem for the locals.
If you have ever been to Paris, London, or Barcelona you will know just how many tourists visit these cities.
Tourism also creates a lot of jobs. Many people are working in tourism all over world either directly or indirectly, especially in the spring and summer months.
These months are called peak or high seasons. Winter is normally the low or off season except in ski resorts.
In popular tourist cities there are many tourist traps. These are places where tourist attractions are expensive and aimed specifically at tourists.
Nowadays there are many different types of tourism. For example, in places where the environment is fragile, eco-tourism is a popular option.
My favourite is food or culinary tourism. This is when you visit a city or country in order to eat the local food and drink the local wine. Wine tourism is alo known as eno-tourism.
Cities like Rome are famous for religious tourism. Going rafting in the mountains is extreme tourism.
Medical tourism is also a phenomenon is some countries. This is when people travel to have operations because the medical services and hospitals are very good.
Space tourism could also be possible in the future because people like Richard Branson and Elon Musk are investing money in this business.
Where to stay
When it comes to accommodation, there are many options available for tourists. In the past you had to stay in a hotel or motel but these days the choices are endless.
Companies like airbnb are offering people the option of homestay. As the name suggests, you stay in people's homes. These places are normally self-catering because you can cook you own meals.
When you stay at a hotel you can usually choose either half-board or full-board. This means that you have lunch or dinner at the hotel.
If you go to a resort, you might prefer the all-inclusive accommodation option. This is when everything you eat, drink and do on your holiday is included in the price.
When was the last time you had a weekend getaway. Was it a long weekend? Was it a dirty weekend?
Anyway, every now and again we all need a mini-break to relax and enjoy life.
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