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Tourism is big business because a so many people come to a place, spend money, and then leave. The visitors need services and goods, so this produces jobs. There were more than 900 million international arrivals in 2008. There were even more domestic arrivals. In fact, for some countries, cities, or communities, the money from visitors is vital to the economy.

Of all the destinations worldwide, it may not be a surprise that Disney's resorts are the most popular destinations in the world. More than 47 million people visited Walt Disney World and the associated parks like Epcot Center in Florida. There are resorts in California, France, Hong Kong, and Japan too. Plus there are two cruise ships which sail the Caribbean. That comes to more than 60 million people per year.

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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. Where have you visited? What was the best place? Why?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. Why is tourism big business?
               a. people spend money and then go home
               b. it creates jobs
               c. there were many domestic and international visits
               d. all of the above
  2. How many people visited Disney's resorts in Florida?
               a. more than 60 million
               b. 900 million plus
               c. about 50 million
               d. the article doesn't clearly state the information

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. Were you surprised by any of the information in the article? Please explain.
  2. What places do you think are popular travel destinations in the world? Why?
  3. What places are popular travel destinations in your country? Why?

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