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WHAT DO YOU THINK: Where do people like to go for their holidays?

When did people start to travel to relax?

Who were these people and where did they travel?

TASK: You are going to read a text about the history of tourism.
Look at these words and match them with the pictures: Medieval Times, Roman Empire, pilgrim

A Brief History of Tourism

The tourism is 2,000 years old. It started when rich people of ancient Rome
didnt want to stay in the city during hot summers. They took trips to the
countryside and the coast. People that lived in the countryside or the coast
worked for the Roman tourists, they cooked for them or built new houses for
them. When Roman Empire collapsed, Roman tourism stopped.
During the medieval era, pilgrims appeared. Pilgrims were people who
wanted to visit holy places. People built simple inns near the roads to these
holy places. The pilgrims slept and ate in these inns. Many of these people had
a good time during their travel, or pilgrimages.
But it was in the eighteenth century when tourism became popular. Rich
people in Europe started to travel because of health and culture. They visited
spas and seaside towns and they enjoyed fresh air. Rich English people liked
to travel to Italy. They studied Italian paintings, sculpture, and architecture .
They wished to be cultural.
In the twentieth century a lot of Europeans got richer and wanted to travel.
Soon there were hotels almost everywhere. In the 1960s, tourists started to
travel by plane because it was cheap, fast, and comfortable. People discovered
countries like Spain and France.
Today Spain, Italy, and France are still popular with tourists. USA and exotic
destinations attract a lot of people, too. In these countries, travelers can find
fashionable resorts, comfortable hotels, and exciting theme parks. No wonder,
tourists spend a lot of money.

hundred years - __________________________
a place where a traveler can eat and sleep - ___________________
a place between sea and land - ______________________
a larger area near the sea - _________________________
a traveler who walks a long way to visit a holy place - ___________________
something a lot of people like is - ________________________
different word for to travel - ___________________________
a place where you feel very well is - ______________________________
very interesting - __________________________

Tourists lived also in Roman
Empire. T F DS
Rich Romans travelled abroad.
Pilgrims travelled in winter.
Pilgrims wanted to enjoy fresh air
and study paintings. T F DS
In the 18
century people wanted
to be healthy. T F DS
Italy was a country popular with
rich English people. T F DS
It wasnt expensive to travel by
plane in the 1960s. T F DS
In the 1960s people didnt want to
visit Spain. T F DS
Today good hotels are easy to
find. T F DS