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IELTS 2 Test 3 Task 1

The two tables present information on the volume of UK residents who travelled overseas between 1994 and 1998 according to reason for travel and destination region based on a random sample of 100,000 people.

From the data, it can be deduced that the total number of visitors from the UK saw a steady increase year on year, apart from 1995. It is also apparent that the the vast majority of visits were of a holiday nature, while the most popular destination was Western Europe.

In 1994, holidaying was by far the most popular purpose of travel (15,246 people). The next most popular reason was business (3,155), followed closely behind by visits to family and friends (2,689). Meanwhile, only 982 people travelled for other reasons. Each of these figures had dropped slightly in 1995 before rebounding to see steady overall increases to finally reach 20,700, 3,957, 3,181 and 990 respectively.

A similar pattern of increase over the period can be seen for each destination region whereby the number of travelers to Western Europe began at 19,371 in 1994, followed by a slight fall in 1995, to see rises every year until the end of the same period to reach 24,519. Likewise, North America received 919 visitors from the UK in 1994, but slightly fewer in 1995 at 914, and then more in each consecutive year until 1998 at 1,823 visitors. Other regions took in 1,782 in 1994, again, slightly less in 1995 (1,752), and more each subsequent year until 1998 (2,486).

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