ecotourism

noun
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

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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 Its parks are ecotourism destinations and points of national pride. Erik Vance, New York Times, "In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge," 26 Oct. 2020 But there’s hope that existing ecotourism projects will inspire efforts elsewhere in the new park system, experts say. National Geographic, "China forges ahead with ambitious national park plan," 27 Aug. 2020 Located eight miles southeast of Freetown, on the edge of the Western Area National Park, the accredited, award-winning sanctuary also carries out environmental education, ecotourism and community conservation projects. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Pathogen Discovered That Kills Endangered Chimps; Is It a Threat to Humans?," 3 Feb. 2021 Its parks are ecotourism destinations and points of national pride. Erik Vance, New York Times, "In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge," 26 Oct. 2020 Its parks are ecotourism destinations and points of national pride. Erik Vance, New York Times, "In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge," 26 Oct. 2020 Its parks are ecotourism destinations and points of national pride. Erik Vance, New York Times, "In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge," 26 Oct. 2020 Across Mexico, ecotourism plays a key role in forest conservation. Annelise Jolley, Travel, "In Mexico’s vibrant forests, locals adapt to a year without tourists," 10 Dec. 2020 Such practices have been common for years, says anthropologist Michael Muehlenbein of Baylor University, who wrote about the risks of ecotourism to apes and other wild animals in the Annual Review of Anthropology. Jackie Rocheleau, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Researchers Are Protecting Great Apes from Covid-19," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ecotourism

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ecotourism was in 1980

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“Ecotourism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecotourism. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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ecotourism

noun

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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