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

Examples of ecotourism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The city, a five-minute drive outside of Dakar, will be billed as a global ecotourism destination. Fox News, "Singer Akon announces futuristic 'Akon City' in Senegal," 14 Jan. 2020 Located off the coast of South Australia state, Kangaroo Island is about 50 percent larger than Rhode Island and home to 4,500 people and what was a thriving ecotourism industry. Nick Perry,, "Wildfires threaten unique critters on Australian ‘Galapagos’," 5 Jan. 2020 Turner restored the stately stone lodge and cottages in order to establish a high-end ecotourism operation which, in turn, helps fund ongoing conservation efforts. Joshua Berman, The Know, "Vacation with mountain lions, bobcats and bison only four hours away from Denver," 27 Dec. 2019 Tacugama is developing the first ecotourism circuit around the country, to include Jaibui Island and Loma Mountains National Park. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "These African lodges lead the way in wildlife conservation," 9 Dec. 2019 Another potential area for development is ecotourism, because Lithuania has rich national parks, coastal scenery, lakes and rivers. Madeline Roache/visaginas, Time, "HBO's Chernobyl Has Led to a Surge in Tourism for This Forgotten Nuclear Town. Now, It's Trying to Redefine Itself," 27 Dec. 2019 The infrastructure that diamonds provide to Botswana’s economy allows for such programs as the national ecotourism strategy aimed at conserving Botswana’s natural resources and wildlife. Micaela Erlanger, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Hollywood Stylist Traveled to Africa to See How Diamonds Are Recovered Firsthand," 12 Dec. 2019 The effort will usher in a new era of ecotourism and protection for one of the last and most endangered wild places on Earth. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Angola, Prince Harry joins quest to eradicate land mines," 11 Oct. 2019 Sonam Wangchuk, an engineer who runs the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, hopes the Ladakh region can become a model for ecotourism. Washington Post, "India’s moves in Kashmir raise tension in part next to China," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Ecotourism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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