IELTS Writing task 2(Discussion Essay)

Some people think that cultural traditions may be destroyed when they are used as money-making attractions aimed at tourists. Others believe it is the only way to save these traditions. 

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience

Write at least 250 words.

Writing Format of Discussion Essay
    1. Introduction:  Paraphrase + your opinion
    2. Main Paragraph 1: Discuss the first view + example
    3. Main Paragraph 2: Discuss the second view + example
    4. Conclusion: Summaries your argument




Almost every country around the world presenting their cultural traditions to attract tourists. It is the belief of some individuals, that these may be destroyed if they are modified to attract tourists, on the other hand, some believe, it is the single way to protect the cultural traditions from dying. I, personally side with the first view.

Among various tourists attractions, cultural traditions are one of the most important attraction which drives lots of visitors from overseas in a country. By tourism, a country can boost its economic growth as well as they will be able to spread their culture in the world. However, to attract more visitors, sometimes local artists make simple changes so that they can earn more money from their arts. Thus, the cultural traditions keep getting modified little by little, and soon these traditions will lose their original forms. As a result, these will disappear altogether.

On the other hand, Tourism is the backbone of any country’s economy and every country does its effort to attract tourists. Tourism can help a nation to develop and represent themselves. If our artists and artisans do not earn money from their art, which depicts our culture and tradition, then this art will die off automatically. Sometimes the presentation of art is very important to attract visitors and to present nicely simple changes are also essential.

To conclude, I believe, protecting the cultural traditions are very crucial for a country, and without presenting any modified cultural traditions, every country should represent its authentic form of culture to the world.


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  1. There is a belief that cultural traditions may be changed slightly or more if they are used to make money for tourists. On the other hand this belief may be argued by other followers who think it is the only way to save these traditions altogether to deliver it to next generation.
    Cultural traditions that include food traditions, clothing, handcrafts and many other things differ one nation from another. And this difference awakes true interest for those who are keen on learning something new that boosts tourism of a country. However, mutual cooperation among two or more cultures may influence on each other and somehow alter them as well. Market demand based on tourists’ interest may inspire craftmen or cuisine workers to learn new approaches and change slightly their own traditional recipes that may lead to common trend as well as alteration of authentic tradition. Consequently these changes can reduce tourists’ attention as they will have no unique culture in its own way.
    On the other hand, tourism may boost interest of cultural traditions on money basis, as proper funding keeps culture workers to create on their field even more intensively. Funding may help to alive some forgotten fields of traditional culture as well as create a new branch of culture that enriches the culture of a nation as well. There is no doubt, traditional culture was developed throughout years and centuries influencing on traditions of related nations.

    To sum up above mentioned one thing must be learned for sure, traditional culture is important part of every nation and being unique in its own way it remains attractive for others. However, every culture is alive with serving to people and will be soon forgotten without conveying it in proper way.

    1. There are lot of countries in the world and every country has their own culture and traditions . And every country perform their best to save and spread their cultural traditions .Cultural traditions include dresses, foods, handcrafts and many more.
      Cultural traditions are used to attract tourists from different-different countries but some people think that cultural traditions may be destroyed when they are used as money-making attractions aimed at tourists while others believe it is the only way to save traditions . I’m disagree with people who thinks that cultural traditions demolished when they are used to draw the attention of tourists for making money . In my opinion it is the only way by which we can protect our culture because the new generation is moving towards western culture. They want to opt the western culture. As when the young generation see foreigners wearing their cultural clothes and appreciating their handcrafts they will feel proud and try to to follow their own traditions.
      Moreover tourism is the backbone of every country by which they can boost their GDP and more GDP leads to the richness and development of a particular country. And Every developed country attracts a lot of students to study which only benifits the people of the country.
      So, the conclusion is ,use of cultural traditions to attract tourists for making money does not leads to the destruction of the traditions but it only leads to the enhancement. Tourism only helps the country to develop which only provides benifits to the people of the country.

  2. Many countries used their cultural tradition to attract visitors in to their countries and this development has resulted into different reactions from people as some individuals believe that, this occurrence can lead to the loss of the tradition while other people think that this is the best way to preserve it. This essay will examine both views and discuss it position in this regard.
    To start with, many people argued that utilizing culture to earn money may gradually lead to its death. Obviously, in order to entice visitors who travel from different counties to have a view of it, there would be some modifications which will definitely alter the original form of this culture and subsequent increase in changes may drive the tradition to its end. For instance, a survey by a tourism expert showed that 75% of tradition employed as a tourist centers are now fading away. Based on this, depending on culture as a money making tool may cause people to lose its existence.
    On the other hand, some individuals claimed that this development may help to boost the economy growth of a nation. Evidently, the influx of visitors into the country will boost the sales of some products in the country which in turn country contributes positively to the financial status of the society. For illustration, a research conducted by a student from University of Lagos, Mr. Akinleye Ige, revealed that 92% of wealthy nations make their money through tourism. Based on this fact, it will be auspicious for societies to present their culture as a centre of attraction as it will help to have their countries developed.
    However, this essay opines that this phenomenon would be beneficial as this will help to promote their culture by making it cut across the globe. Undeniably, this will certainly impact positively on the interest people in different countries have for this particular nation and may eventually overthrow all other cultures. For example, a study by Dr. Paul okoye discovered that 65% of countries around the world has immitated the Hindu traditional mode of dressing. By and large, cultural tradition has been proved to be a powerful tool for the recognition of its country.

    In conclusion, although amplifying the changes on the tradition so as to make it more appealing for tourism is detrimental to its existence and may lead to loss of its value, the advantages this phenomenon can provide, can not be under evaluated.

  3. It is know to all that the technology and scientific advancement have made great changes to the range and quality of our food. Some people regard it as an improvement while others believe that the change is harmful. Discuss both this view and give your opinion.

    Essay starts from here:-

    In this contemporary era, due to advancement of technology crops are grown fastly with best qualities like genetically modified crops but some reckon that this effects have a good improvements; whereas, others claim that it has and adverse impact. I would like to discuss both these views in trail paragraphs with my clear position.

    To begin with, there are several positive sides of having technological and scientific advance. Foremost one is, less starving of food because farmers get much help by using this technology in fertilizers which help them to grow crops with rapids speed. Thus, developing countries do not have to face shortage of food. In addition to this, GM crop is the one type of crops on which no natural calamities effect on it. As a result, there is much possibilities of crops are not get waste. Finally, farmers can earn more money since they can grow more and more crop and they could sell it in market by using fertilizers and pesticides. Therefore, consumers buy crops and farmers earn more as well as they improve their lifestyle.

    On stark contrary, there are numbers of drawbacks of technology and scientific advances on earth. Firstly, using chemicals in farm in order to grow crops owing to this it will give more output but it come up with some issues like cancer. To illustrate, according to the survey conducted by the Time Of India in which they concluded that, there had been 37% of people were suffering from cancer out of 100% and they are only because of chemicals like pesticides used in farms. As a consequence, adverse effects on human health and there might be increase in death ratio. Furthermore, if increase in consumption of chemicals. Hence, there might be in future lands will eradicate it’s natural sources and it will not be cultivated proper and stop crops production.

    In conclusion, it is inferred that, technology and scientific advancement improve crops production such as shortage of food, no wastage, earn more money ; However, I believe that, problems are very critical like cancer destroy land and many more.

  4. Some people think that cultural traditions may be destroyed when they are used as money-making attractions aimed at tourists. Others believe it is the only way to save these traditions.

    Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

    It is irrefutable that to make money nowadays people are doing anything. A strata of populace opine that cultural traditions may be vanished if they are used for earning money for attracting tourists. While ,other give counter arguments that it is the only way to preserve these traditions. However, I concur with the former view. This essay will highlight both views, prior to rendering my point of view in the forthcoming paragraphs.

    To embark with, the latterthinkt view that people should not make any alterations in order to make money. The predominant reason behind this kind of thinking is that, nowadays people just to earn some extra money do anything even they willing to change their cultural traditions to attract more and more tourists, so they can earn huge amount of money from them by altering their cultural traditions. To exemplify, people from lakshadweep previously did not allow anyone to consume alcohol in their state because it is against their traditions. But recently they changed this policy to attract tourists.

    on the other hand, some people disagreed with the given notion. They think that it not only beneficial for them but it also helps to boost nation economy. To put it in simple words, when people make any kind of alterations in their cultural traditions to make their traditions more enjoyable then tourists get more attracted toward their cultural traditions . which, ultimately help to boost their earnings. Apart from this, it also helps to increase the country’s economy through tourism.

    However, i personally believe that , it is not worthy to change precious cultural traditions just for aim of making money. So , instead of making any alterations in cultural traditions people should focus to give better environment and amenities to the tourists.

    To recapitulate this, i would like to reiterate by saying that, making alterations in cultural traditions is not a idea, there are other myriad ways to attract tourists.

  5. A growing number of individuals consider that it is not good idea to preserve animals in cages that is, in zoos .Conversely,others hold the view that it is much more beneficial for both animals as well as humans and I approve of the second opinion. In this essay,I will try to discuss the both sides of this topic with relevant examples.

    On the one hand, it is commonly believed that keeping animals in zoos is all the time detrimental for them. This is because, if animals keep in zoos,they may lose their original instinct, namely,they cannot jump,hunt and run around the neighborhood and also, freedom. Moreover,they may have a number of issues with breeding when they preserve in cages. As a result,it can lead to extinct the rare kinds of animals. For example,the white tigers disappeared because of preserving in zoo. However,a long time before, they had existed thanks to residing in natural environment. All in all, from what have been discussed above,it is appeared that zoos are not appropriate place for animals.

    On the other hand,it true that preserving animals in zoos may be a good method due to numerous positive sides. First of all,zoo’s can be a good place for animals which are on the verge of extinction. Secondly,if animals are infected with any illness,the zoo’s doctors will assist them to be healthy. Finally,the government is not in exception in order to make a profit from zoos. That is,if people come there to see animals,they have to pay the entrance fee and it would be profitable for the authority. A good illustration is that,lions are still existent with the aid of zoos and it helps them to live forever. For this reason,zoos can be helpful for animals in order to live better.

    To conclude,it is argued by some that it not a great idea to preserve animals in cages. Yet,there is a common belief that residing in zoos is more handful for both animals and inhabitants when compared with dwelling in nature atmosphere and I agree with the latter statement thanks to a plethora of upsides.

  6. Culture and tradation are an integral part of every community around the world. In this essay, I would discuss about whether they should be used as means of earning money or be preserved among groups, along with supporting the former argument.

    It is an opinion among many people that, exposing ones tradations to the world, may harm the integrity and orignality of that group. Younger genration would see their culture as means of making money, rather than learning and obtaining values from it. As an instance, art works like face painting and hand-made goods, could be just used as wall arts in modern homes, loosing there orignal meaning. This form of desrespect could be very harmful towards carrying forward the tradations of any group.

    On the flip side, showing and selling tradational artifacts is the only way many communities are making money nowdays. For many tribal youth around the world, this is only reason why they are intrested in their year old crafts. For example, few tribes in africa make there income by selling out tradationally prepared goods, which has good demand in market, thus earning there daily bread. As a result of this demand among the tourist, many cultures around the world are thriving.

    To conclude, it is correct to preserve ones age old tradition and culture but showing it to the world does not always mean destroying it. It is quite important to understand that selling and displaying ones tradational work is daily wage for many.

  7. Many stand in the favor of cultures, heritage rituals and traditions being of point to tourist attraction, whilst others condemn it completely. Below are pros and cons any key arguments put forth and against indigenous traditions being used as a selling factor to attract tourists.
    To get the wheels running, the travel and tourism contributes to employment in the hotel industry. Local artisans are valued for their skills as an outcome of tourists spreading their word of appreciation to far off lands. This not only helps to ensure livelihood and income to the artisans but also spreads knowledge about the indigenous arts and crafts. Societies have been able to keep their rich cultural heritage, diversity alive due to international recognitions and funds raised for many such art forms solely because they were loved and appreciated by the guests in the host country. Folklores, traditional dance forms, art works, sites of historical importance’s all provide recreation the guest, while monetary benefits to the host. Visits by tourists also enforces the governments to maintain and protect these sites and art forms of cultural and traditional importance. For instance, once the Taj Mahal was declared one of the seven wonders of the world, the local authority took up several campaigns like banning any nearby oil refinery that could harm the marble in order to prevent its deterioration.
    The critics, somehow claim that there could be a significant influence from the west that could dismantle the core essence for the indigenous system if one continues to use them as a money-making attraction. An irrational comparison of the local and the west may also give rise to feud and debates. Some societies may also find equation of money against their traditions as derogatory.
    However, in my humble opinion, I would like to reiterate that benefits of travel and tourism as monetary influx source on traditions out weighs the risks. Any how the possible risks should also be completely evaluated pathway should be chosen.

  8. It is believed by someone that, the over manipulation in cultural traditions for more financial benefits from international visitors must makes negative effects, some others think that it is a fine approach to protect our traditions. In this essay discussing these both perspectives with own opinion.

    In view of first group, cultural traditions are now facing a huge sustaining issues whilst it’s never considering anywhere as a problem. In the modern era every phase of the society will changing in day by day and the same had in the traditions. The fundamental values of traditional cultures will spoiling by someone or governments, for what, to attract the touristers form domestic and overseas. Not only by governments but also the artists are willed sometimes to make little or large changes in their creativity for financial benifits. For instance, in Kerala many of the cultural traditions are now appears in only the tourist destination like resorts, tourist villages escetra and it’s totally disappeared from the its place of birth.

    On the other hand, tourism is one of the backbone of every nation to balance their economy and the cultural traditions are the one among the essential core factor in this. In actuality, the governing organisations need more money to keep their traditions and moreover these funds only could find from the touristers, hence, little modulations are necessary in traditions to attract the highest number of overseas people. Besides, we should be think the status of artists, because they are real heros behind making of any cultural form, and such as they also facing financial crisis, so they has the right to to change their creations to accelerate their finance. To illustrate it, in India 60% of anual country visitors from foriegn and domestic are mostly visited in cultural heritage sports, which means that the major part of contribution to tourism sector by culture heritages.

    Personally, I strongly believe that, there is no problem in using the cultural traditions as cash making attraction aimed at tourists, due to a significant percentage of world population living under the benefits of tourism, hence, it should need more improvement in future.

    To sum up, the above mentioned combos of culture traditions and tourism are one among the major thing in the economy of every nation and there should want several changes in coming decades. However, at the same time we should be need a concern in the traditional values.

  9. In many parts of the world people do search for the family history.some think finding previous generation is good thing to do but other think it’s better to be focused present and future generation. discuss both view and give your opinion.

    All people have their own family background history in the whole world. Although a few people opine that searching for their history is an interesting and valuable thing, others think that it should be worthless. They should give more emphasis to the future generation and also to the present day. In this essay, I will look at both sides of the argument and give my opinion.
    To begin with, society would be aware of the phenomenon that older humanity experienced unless there was less chance of repeating the mistakes that ancestors made.Moreover, humans have knowledge about their rituals and customs as it assists in preserving their culture for a long time. For example, most people observe the festivals observed by previous generations.
    Furthermore, family background not only provides a sense of belonging but also accurate information about their identity as well as knowledge of the revolutionary heredity.In addition, the community gets passive inspiration from their accomplishments as well as information about social life.
    On the other hand, over the last few decades, life has drastically changed on account of developing technology, so that all nations can do anything very easily. In the sequence, detrimental history affects the family mentality and this discourages them. Lastly, the majority of the public are associated with mythes due to the fact that there is no scientific evidence that proves their only omens. In fact, many believe in their luck in this modern era.
    To conclude, although fewer people claim that it is extremely substantial towards the present and future progression, However, I am convinced that looking back in time will not be worthwhile because it will provide a greater opportunity to stop eradicating culture.

  10. Olusegun Oyagbesan

    Some people think that cultural traditions may be destroyed when they are used as money-making attractions aimed at tourists. Others believe it is the only way to save these traditions.

    Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

    It is commonly believed by some, that customary practices, norms or even festivals may be wiped out when they are converted to a profit-making ventures like a source of tourism while others have the notion that it is the sole way to sustain their practice. In my opinion, while it is important to generate income, the historical background that uphold the practice of such traditional beliefs can become obsolete, and overtaken by the bid to create wealth, making it difficult to pass them down to the subsequent generation.
    On the one hand, proponents who believe in harnessing such traditions for fund generation do have a cogent reasons. One of such reasons is its ability to project the image of the community to the external world and as such, helps to reinforce its cultural identity. A prototypical example is the popular annual Calabar festival, which usually take place around September of every year, that showcase a wide range of cultural activities such as: masquerade display, cultural dance, amidst many other activities. This has not only attracted a large number of tourists and has generated funds, but has greatly projected the image of the state to the broader community.
    On the other hand, the fear of these cultural norms fading out with time is apparent; at the expense of commercial gains by turning them to an avenue for tourism. In other words, people tend to see such practice as fun and sheer entertainment, even though some of them has historical significance. For example, the usually Oshogbo Festival that is run annually in Osun state of Nigeria is not just a mere fun ceremony, but an obligation that have to be carried out to appease the gods, even though quite a number of participants take it as fun.
    In conclusion, while raising funds is very important to sustaining the economy; and this customary practice can be explored for such purpose, the likelihood of destroying the core values of such culture is evident.

  11. The line graph reveals information regarding the three different categories about population in England and Wales between 1700 and 2000.
    It is clear that the number of birth rate increased, but the opposite was true for death rate. In addition, the figure of population size experienced the most dramatic change.
    In 1700, the birth rate was 30 out of 1000, followed by, approximately 27 out 1000 for death rate. From 1700 to 1950, both two components have the same fluctuation, the figure was dived to around 21 and 20 for each 1000 people, respectively in 1950. There was a significant bounce in the birth rate to roughly 33 for each 1000 in 2000. In the same period, the number of death rate remained the same.
    For population size, the number go up approximately from 3 million to 10 million between 1700 and 1750. The figure then remained stable after the next 50 years, but 2 centuries later, it witnessed a significant growth to 50 million.

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