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Tourism - Do we need it?

Discussion of pros and cons of developing local tourism Part 1 Tourism is becoming more and more important - especially for those learning English. Here is a two part lesson which focuses on the question of developing tourism as an industry in your local town. You need to develop concepts, discuss local economic problems and solutions to those problems. Your town, the next tourist paradise? A company called Let's Do Tourism is planning to invest a large amount of money to turn your town into a major centre for tourists. They have made plans to manufacture a number of hotels and other tourist infrastructures in your town. As well as the hotels, they have also made plans to radically improve the night life in your town by opening a string of clubs and bars. They hope that by the year 2015 your town will be a major competitor within the tourist industry in your country. Group 1 You are representatives of Let's Do Tourism. Your aim is to promote the plans of your company and to convince me that tourism is the best solution for your city. Points to concentrate on: * The increase in jobs that will come with the increase in investment. * They money that the tourists will bring into the local economy * The progress and development of your city which will result in it becoming more important with not only your region, but also your country as well. * Better for the young people of your city as there will be much more investment in leisure industries. Group 2 You are the representatives of the residents of your city and are in opposition to the plans of Let's Do Tourism. Your aim is to convince me that this is a bad idea for your town. Points to consider: * Environmental issues: tourists = pollution * Troublemakers: many tourists have no respect for the places they visit and are only interested in getting drunk and causing trouble. * The rise in tourism will bring about radical changes and will result in the traditional way of life in your town being lost. Perhaps forever. * Rather than promoting the position of your city in your country, this move will make your city the laughing stock of your country.

Part 2 The town council has decided that the city is in desperate need of an economic boost. They believe that by making the city more attractive to tourists they will be able to achieve their aims. Both groups are representatives of rival companies who are looking to gain the contract for this re-development from the council. I want you to give a detailed presentation explaining why your company is the best one for the job. Your aim is to convince the representative of the council that your company offers the best solution. Points to consider * Think of a name for your company. * Preparation, what has your company done so far i.e. raised money, support (present perfect) * Plans that are in progress. Who you have been talking to, what you have been trying to do, what you have been building, etc. (present perfect continuous) * Explain the problems that have existed within your town up to this point in time. i.e. life in your town has been boring for too may years and needs a change, or that too many people are unemployed and need to find work. (second conditional) * Finally, conclude your presentation with a short account that sells your company to the council.