eco·​tour·​ism ˌē-kō-ˈtu̇r-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce ecotourism (audio)
: the practice of touring natural habitats in a manner meant to minimize ecological impact
ecotourist noun

Examples of ecotourism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This makes way for ecotourism, carbon offsets, and supposed conservationist efforts that work toward the goal set by global leaders to conserve 30 percent of the planet’s surface by 2030. Longreads, 12 Apr. 2024 Roughly half of the delta's workforce work in ecotourism. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ecotourism 

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First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ecotourism was in 1980

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“Ecotourism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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