1. Let’s talk about tourism. What role does it play in modern life?
Nowadays tourism has become very popular and turned into a prosperous business. Today it is the world’s second largest industry. More and more people travel every year for different reasons. Some people travel to experience a whole new environment, to see new places and meet new people. Others travel on business, trying to get information about the achievements of other companies and make their own business more successful. Some people travel for educational purposes, or they visit their distant relatives and friends. As an industry, tourism can be very profitable so each country is trying to attract more tourists. Tourism has bad effects too. Most popular resorts are becoming polluted. A lot of ancient monuments are being destroyed. Great cities, occupied by tourists, are left by local residents except for the souvenir sellers. As for me, I enjoy travelling very much because travelling broadens my mind. It’s always interesting to see other countries and continents, to discover different ways of life, to meet different people and to try foreign food. I don’t travel a lot nowadays but I hope I will travel more in future. In my opinion, we shouldn’t reject tourism because of the bad effects it has. But I am for tourism that minimizes its own environmental impact.
2. Do you agree that travelling with friends is much more interesting than travelling with parents? Prove your point of view.
I should say, travelling with parents is not bad. First of all, it is safe and you don’t need to think about where to stay or which route to choose or where and what to eat. On the other hand, holidays with family can be hard work and there can be many arguments.
Holidays with friends are not usually as cheap as holidays with parents, you have to plan your budget and this inevitably causes problems. Nonetheless, travelling with friends can be incredible fun. When on holiday with friends you do different things than you do with family. From this point of view, if you are looking for adventure, travelling with friends is better.
3. Imagine you are going to another country on holiday. What would you ask a travel agent about?
What documents do I need to carry with me when I travel? Do I need a passport or visa? What excursions do you suggest? What is the best time to travel to this destination?
4. What can you advise a person who doesn’t know where to spend his/her holiday?
If I were you, I would spend my holiday travelling. There are a lot of places to visit in Belarus, such as Mir and Nesvizh castles, Belavezhskaya pushcha, Brest fortress and others. You will learn more about your country, get new impressions and relax at the same time.
5. What opportunities does tourism around Belarus give to foreign tourists?
I can’t say that Belarus attracts crowds of foreign tourists. Belarus has plenty of attractions, but ranks near the bottom in terms of tourism. Most tourists come to Belarus from Russia with the aim of having a rest at Belarusian resorts. They can enjoy beautiful Belarusian nature and the hospitality of Belarusian people.