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
ecotour noun
ecotourist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Reese Brewer, the director at the Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization in Fort Smith, said the designations should be an economic driver by way of ecotourism for the entire region as well as events that spill over into the economy. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 23 Jan. 2023 While coastal Florida is equipped with picturesque beaches and sprawling southern wetlands, the interior of the state holds incredible potential for ecotourism in the form of Paynes Prairie Preserve. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Twenty minutes east of Black River is the quiet fishing village and resort town of Treasure Beach, known for its ecotourism, sandy coves, and empty beaches. Ruth C. White, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Jan. 2023 Some people in the surrounding communities, like Holmer Machoa, worried about oil pollution and wanted to explore ecotourism instead. Manuela Andreoni Erin Schaff, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2023 Today, his family has a small cattle ranch and a budding ecotourism business of its own. Antonia Juhasz, WIRED, 20 Dec. 2022 The olm is an iconic animal in Slovenia, and its presence provides a boost to local ecotourism. Discover Magazine, 20 July 2010 In the world of sustainable travel, the term ecotourism is a slippery fish. Tree Meinch, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 This happens when the protection of native plant species promotes the productivity of agroforestry systems, or when the conservation of native ecosystems allows sustainable ecotourism. Thomas Crowther, Time, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

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 9 Feb. 2023.

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