You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The line graph shows visits to and from the UK from 1979 to 1999, and the bar graph shows the most popular countries visited by UK residents in 1999.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

The line graph presents information about the number of visitors to the UK, as well as the amount of Britons who go abroad over a period of 20 years  from 1979 to 1999. The bar chart further divides the British travellers by their preferred destination country. Overall, we can see that as time goes by, more and more people visit the UK, but this figure never surpasses the number of UK citizens who travel abroad.

From around 1979, visits to the UK increase very slowly from 10 million to 12 million, with those leaving the UK rising at only a slightly higher rate from 12 million to 20 million. Everything changes in about 1986 when both figures experience a boost, leading to visitors abroad rising much more steeply until ending at just over 50 million at the end of the period in 1999. In contrast, although visits to the UK also underwent an upturn, the increase was much slower, and numbers began to stabilise at 25 million in the last few years of the period.

The bar chart divides the 53 million described in the line graph at the end of 1999 by country. We notice that the most popular destination for British tourists was France at approximately 11 million visitors, followed by Spain at 9 million, the USA at 4 million, and finally Greece and Turkey at 3 and 2 million respectively.

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