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Describe a tourist attraction that you have visited

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 249 with Model Answer:

Describe a tourist attraction that you have visited.

You should say:
  • where it was
  • when you went there
  • who were with you
what you saw and did there as a tourist.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and a large number of global people visit the country for enjoyment. In last summer, I went in Lindos in Greece for some business purposes and enjoyed my stay there.

I am a businessman based in Malaysia and I deal with clothing. I have two stores in a local shopping mall in the capital and also own a factory. Now I am planning to expand my business internationally. To expand my business, I am travelling to different parts of the European continent and seeking suitable options for my business. As part of the business expansion, I went into Lindos as this is a tourist spot in Greece and constantly visited by global visitors. Besides, the location has some historical importance as well. A notable number of excavations had taken place here and some relics of historical importance have been found after the excavations. Considering all the issues, I picked the location as a potential place for my garment business expansion and also planned to open a branch at the local shopping centre.

I went there in May of 2016. In fact, I could not manage time before the beginning of summer. I could have started my business tour earlier, but I was unable. The rush in the business was the key cause for the delay. I have several employees at my retail selling points and they look after the retail business smoothly. All of them are well mannered and reliable. But I have to take care for the production of the attires. I have to deal with the fabric dealers, care for the factory employees, train them how to make the finishing to look perfect, check the quality of the clothing, contact with the other dealers who sell my products into other parts of the country, liaison with the Asian clients who import my clothing in their countries and much more. I have to handle everything all by myself. Besides, my wife is unable to control all the things and I, in fact, cannot rely on her that she could be able to run the things smoothly like me. So, I was late for the business trip.

The trip was accompanied by my wife, Xin Hi. She is a business graduate and we have been married for around one year. But unfortunately, I could not manage time for our honeymoon and she was somewhat upset for that. So, I also planned to take her with me. In fact, I wanted to perform both the tasks through the trip. Firstly, I wanted to make a business trip and by the same time, I planned to spend time with my adorable wife at the tourist spots of the country. The plan worked well. Since Lindos was a tourist spot in Greece, my wife became happy as she had the chances to visit the spots. On the other side, I also performed all the necessary meetings with some of the potential dealers and visited the proposed branch sites. I took my wife with all the meetings and trips so that she does not feel bored alone. Since the entire location was charming, the meetings were held in a congenial environment and there had no chances of boredom for us.

As a tourist, I enjoyed the trips amid of the scenic and historic locations of Lindos. I went to the beach and enjoyed swimming with my wife. Moreover, the party, which was organised by the trip organisers, was outstanding. When the meetings were done with the clients, both of us went to the beautiful beach. The night views are breathtaking. Besides, the sunrise and the sunset scenes were outstanding to me. In fact, I waited eagerly to watch the sunrise from the beach. The barbeque party on the beach was another attraction for us. The party ended with a cultural function. Though it was a business trip for me, the overall events that took place during the trips were terrific for us. My wife became highly satisfied with the trip and everything is set for me to open a clothing branch in Lindos. If everything goes well, I will open the branch there by next month.

Sample Answer 2:
After my marriage with James, I went in honeymoon at Gili Islands in Indonesia. This was a combination of three mini islands together. It was a quiet place to relax and pass some wonderful moments together. Moreover, it was the very first trip out of my country. Thank you for the question.

I had a long desire that I would pass my honeymoon in a foreign land, and particularly in an island. Accordingly, my husband managed everything for me. This is a very special place where both of us have enjoyed the nature free from the chaos of the city. The moments were too romantic during the moonlit night. I will remember the days of the islands forever.  

I went to the Gili Islands in last year. Actually, it was a late honeymoon trip for us. James is a businessman and thus has to be busy with his business activities. He hardly can manage time to spend with me. Accordingly, he made late to arrange for the honeymoon though it was supposed to take place immediately after our marriage in 2015. James was extremely busy to make this happen. In fact, our marriage has taken place in a single day notice and we were extremely busy in preparation. James flew in the next day after the marriage to New Zealand to make a business deal and it was important for him. Besides, he also got occupied with some other business and hence it did not happen in time.

Though it was a late honeymoon, James and I went there. It was a private trip for us. Some of the kids wanted to be our companion from the family but James discouraged them. After reaching the island, we got a huge welcome. The resort authority arranged for everything. They arranged for nicely decorated rooms and also took care of other necessary issues. It was like a small celebration after we stepped down from the aeroplane. The resort staffs were really friendly and looked after our needs always. It was a great pleasure for us to be at the islands.

We did a good number of things in the islands. Actually, the islands are the heaven for the tourists. The entire environment is peaceful. The most important thing about the islands was that there were no motorized vehicles. People used their feet to reach short distances and bicycles for long distances. So, the surrounding environment was free from horns and chaos. James and I had spent most of the time in the water. We swam together and took part in other entertaining activities. Strolling through the beach and watching the sunset was the other notable tasks that we took part in. The experiences at the islands were really memorable.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a tourist attraction that you have visited." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards topics as well:

  • Describe a place you have enjoyed visiting.
  • Describe a tourist attraction you know about. 
  • Describe a famous place you have been to. 
  • Describe a recent tour you have had. 
  • Describe a place you would like to visit again. 
  • Describe a famous tourist destination in your country. 
  • Describe a place you would recommend someone to visit.  

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