Multiple charts: The charts give information about travel to and from the UK

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The charts below give information about travel to and from the UK, and about the most popular countries for UK residents to visit.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

You should write at least 150 words.

Visits to and from the UK

Model Answer 1:

The illustration outlines how many foreign tourists travelled to the UK and how many UK residents went out to travel between 1979 and 1999. Moreover, it also shows where those UK citizens went in 1999.

Overall, the influx of tourists in the UK was fewer than the number of British who travelled outside, and France was their favourite destination.

In details, 10 million tourists visited the United Kingdom in 1979 while around 13 million British spent their holidays out of the country. From 1979 to 1999, the outbound UK residents’ number was higher than the inrush of foreign tourists in the UK. The gap widens in later years and finally in 1999, almost 55 million British left the country to travel outside while just over 25 million other nationalities entered the UK border as tourists.

France was the favourite destination to British travellers as more than 10 million British travelled there in 1999. With around 2 million UK tourists, Turkey was their least preferred holiday place. Spain was visited by approximately 8 million UK travellers which made it the second most popular destination this year. USA and Greece received the third and fourth most-visited places by UK tourists with between 2 to 3 million tourists each.


Sample Answer 2:

The diagrams show the number of international tourists who travelled to the UK, and British residents who travelled outside from 1979 to 1999. The data also presents the top 5 countries where UK citizens travelled in 1999.

Overall, the number of international tourists travelling in the UK kept on increasing after 1989, and more UK people travelled outside the UK than the number of tourists the UK received.

According to the graph, around 10 million international tourists travelled the UK. And the number of UK residents who travelled outside was 2-3 million more. Both of these numbers kept on increasing gradually till 1986 and after that, the number of UK citizens travelling outside increased very sharply. The number of tourists the UK received also kept on increasing and reached over 25 million in 1999 while more than 50 million people travelled outside. The number of UK travellers who went to other countries was roughly double than the number of people who came to the UK for visiting.

The second bar graph shows the countries UK citizens travelled in 1999 and among them France was their favourite destination where more than 10% of tourists travelled in1999. The second most visited country by UK people was Spain where about 8% of total UK tourists travelled. Other countries visited by UK tourists were the USA, Greece and Turkey where less than 5% UK tourists travelled in 1999.

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