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 The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a prominent nonprofit shark research organization, is among those that have jumped into the shark ecotourism game., 6 Sep. 2021 About 3,000 tortoises live on the island, which is managed for ecotourism. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2021 One of the richest storehouses of these assets is Kruger National Park, South Africa’s flagship park and the heart of its ecotourism industry. Adam Welz, The Atlantic, 7 June 2021 It will also be used to strengthen measures protecting Galápagos's marine resources to improve the natural capital of ecotourism, a critical component of the Galápagueño and Ecuadorian economy. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 20 May 2021 For instance, safeguarding fragile areas inside the buffer zone could be part of an overall plan to develop ecotourism and agritourism. Menelaos Hadjicostis, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Fireflies and the costs of ecotourism in Appalachia. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2021 But in Mexico, forest communities are finding ways to adapt their ecotourism offerings. Annelise Jolley, Travel, 10 Dec. 2020 For those reasons, San Lorenzo Albarradas has posed sustainable ecotourism and conservation initiatives as the key to reopening Hierve el Agua. Kyle Valenta, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 July 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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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