Academic Writing Task 1 #13 Bar Charts – Travel

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

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.

Write at least 150 words.


The first diagram compares the number of British tourists with that of visits made to the UK between 1979 and 1999. Initially, there was little difference between the two figures (10 and 12 million, respectively). Both rose over the next 20 years, with the figure for British tourists experiencing a more significant surge to about 53 million. In comparison, that for visits to the UK grew gradually to reach just over 25 million by the end of the century.

The bar chart shows the top 5 countries visited by the British in the last year of the previous survey. While France and Spain attracted the largest numbers of British tourists with about 11 and 9 million visits respectively, Turkey was the least popular among the five, visited by only about 30% as many British as France. Greece and the United States also accounted for about 3 and 4 million visits, respectively.

Overall, tourism from and to the United Kingdom boomed in the 1980s and 90s. Moreover, four European countries and the US topped the list of British tourists’ favourite destinations.

(180 words)