eco·​tour·​ism | \ ˌē-kō-ˈtu̇r-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce ecotourism (audio) , ˌe-kō- \

Definition of ecotourism

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

Other Words from ecotourism

ecotour \ ˈē-​kō-​ˌtu̇r How to pronounce ecotourism (audio) , ˈe-​kō-​ \ noun
ecotourist \ ˌē-​kō-​ˈtu̇r-​ist How to pronounce ecotourism (audio) , ˌe-​kō-​ \ noun

Examples of ecotourism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hawaiʻi is renowned for its towering volcanoes and picturesque beaches, but for ecotourism aficionados, the rich biodiversity of the archipelago is one of its most enticing qualities. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 26 May 2022 The government says the park will serve as a key site for ecotourism and research. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Apr. 2022 In Maui, PacWhale Eco-Adventures, an ecotourism outfit run by the PWF, started placing them at the Ocean Store at Maalaea and Lahaina, as well as at the Maui Brewing Company, Kohola Brewery, and farm-to-table restaurant Moku Roots. Rachel Ng, Outside Online, 27 Apr. 2022 The Gulf Coast, Mississippi Equipped with 62 miles of shoreline alongside countless islands, Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is an oft-underrated destination that packs a serious punch within the realm of ecotourism. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Colombia, alongside more than 100 countries around the world, has committed to protecting 30% of its land and ocean by 2030, and community leaders are hopeful that the new designation will lay the groundwork for a local ecotourism industry. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Apr. 2022 What’s more, ecotourism—which is defined as tourism that benefits both locals and their environment—only exists in a fifth of China’s nature reserves. National Geographic, 27 Aug. 2020 The elder Lindblad regularly invited his young son on scouting trips around the world, sparking a lifelong interest in ecotourism. Liz Vaccariello, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2022 Connecting with these Indigenous stewards is essential to any proper visit to this part of the world, particularly for those compelled by ecotourism. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ecotourism

1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Ecotourism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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