Number of Tourists Visiting a Caribbean Island IELTS Sample Essay

Lilie King

Lilie King

Scored a 7 on the Writing Test Twice

The graph below shows the number of tourists visiting a particular Caribbean island between 2010 and 2017.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 15 Test 2 Writing Task 1.

number of tourists visiting a caribbean island

The line graph displays how many tourists visited a certain Caribbean island between 2010 and 2017.

Overall, the island’s total visitor count rose steadily almost every year over the 7 years. Starting in 2016, more visitors stayed on cruise ships than on the island; before that, the reverse was true.

The total number of arrivals on the island went up gradually from 1 million in 2010 to roughly 2.75 million in 2015. It then stayed at this level in 2016 until it rocketed to 3.5 million in 2017.

The volume of visitors who stayed on the island stood at about 0.75 million in 2010 and 2011. It then increased consistently before reaching a plateau of 1.5 million which lasted from 2013 to 2017 except for a small dip in 2016.

There were far fewer tourists staying on cruise ships in 2010, at only around 0.25 million. After some fluctuations over the following 2 years, the number started climbing steadily, overtaking the number of those staying on the island in 2016 and reaching 2 million in 2017.

How to Vary Your Language

When writing your essay, you will definitely use ‘number of tourists’ multiple times.  Pay attention to how I used ‘visitor count’, ‘number of arrivals’, and ‘volume of visitors’ to avoid repetition.

How to Write the Overview

To score a 7, You must summarise at least two key features.
For a line graph, of course, we need to summarise general trends: all three lines showed an overall upward trend.

But, this is not enough. We need another key feature. Remember, the question asks us to make comparisons. So we can compare the second line with the third line, and say whose figures were bigger: before 2016, the second line got bigger figures; however, starting in 2016, the third line got bigger ones.

How to Avoid Giving Too Much Detail

When writing about the second line, don’t say its figures first remained stable, then increased, then remained stable again, then decreased, then increased again. This is too detailed. The question only asks us to report the main features. So, for the trends from 2013 to 2017, we can simply say the figures remained stable, and then point out the small drop in 2016.

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