eco·​tour·​ism | \ˌē-kō-ˈtu̇r-ˌi-zəm, ˌe-kō-\

Definition of ecotourism 

: the practice of touring natural habitats in a manner meant to minimize ecological impact

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Other Words from ecotourism

ecotour \ ˈē-​kō-​ˌtu̇r , ˈe-​kō-​ \ noun
ecotourist \ ˌē-​kō-​ˈtu̇r-​ist , ˌe-​kō-​ \ noun

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This award-winning luxury wilderness camp in Australia's Red Centre has achieved new heights in ecotourism the world over as a deluxe camping experience set atop an isolated sand dune close to the border of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 This was the companion piece to the crocodile center, part of the Boca de Guamá ecotourism complex. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 Over the past four years, Rappaport had expanded the Foxwoods entertainment empire to include more restaurants and outdoor experiences, such as an ecotourism initiative and an open-air concert series. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Foxwoods CEO Felix Rappaport Dies at 65," 19 June 2018 As pens have reduced leopard predation by as much as 95 percent in some areas, says Namgail, a space has opened for snow leopard ecotourism. Adam Popescu, Washington Post, "Tracking one of the world’s most elusive cats," 19 May 2018 Providing more money to cooperative extension programs that assist farmers, as well as promoting rural ecotourism and expanding high-speed internet access in rural areas. Pamela Wood,, "Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous releases plan for Maryland economy," 13 June 2018 Both Apopka and Orange County also see ecotourism potential around the recovering lake and Apopka has conceptually proposed a recreation venue focused on birders and nature lovers who want to see alligators in natural settings. Stephen Hudak,, "Winter Garden buys lakefront properties, envisions 'nicest park on Lake Apopka'," 8 June 2018 At the moment, those involved tend to throw into the pot anything that might vaguely count: ecotourism; wild fruits and nuts that can command a premium price; cosmetics made from forest products that appeal to the virtue-signalling middle classes. The Economist, "Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious," 17 May 2018 To protect albino and other white wildlife, organizations and governments around the world have passed laws, built sanctuaries and incorporated the animals into ecotourism projects. Samantha Drake,, "Albino animals are at such risk that people built an island to protect one orangutan," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of ecotourism

1980, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ecotourism

: the practice of traveling to beautiful natural places for pleasure in a way that does not damage the environment there

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