tour·ism | \ˈtu̇r-ˌi-zəm \

Definition of tourism 

1 : the practice of traveling for recreation

2 : the guidance or management of tourists

3a : the promotion or encouragement of touring

b : the accommodation of tourists

Examples of tourism in a Sentence

The city developed the riverfront to encourage tourism. She has a job in tourism.

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Orange County spends the majority of its bed-tax revenues to promote tourism, improve and expand the 7 million-square-foot convention center and build sports arenas, stadiums, zoos and other things that attract tourists. Stephen Hudak,, "Monster Jam, Bay Hill highlight sport-incentive requests for bed-tax money," 10 July 2018 China plans to lift some internet censorship on the southern tropical island of Hainan to promote tourism. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China will partly lift internet censorship for one of its provinces to promote tourism," 22 June 2018 The scope of the policy is broad, ranging from promoting tourism to easing the plight of migrant workers to investing in manufacturing (Taiwan ranks well ahead of China in investment in Vietnam, for example). The Economist, "China fights Taiwan on airline websites," 14 June 2018 Are there exceptions for LGBT tourism in more conservative countries? Kelsy Chauvin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The U.S. State Department's Travel Tips for Same-Sex Couples and Families," 13 June 2018 Using data collected by and within 160 countries, the researchers estimate that global tourism in 2013 accounted for greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 4.5 billion metric tons of CO2, or about 8% of global emissions that year. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Tourism is four times worse for the planet than previously believed," 7 May 2018 Related: Destination Cleveland hosts European travel agents, writers to promote international tourismCleveland was included on the tour in part because of the new flights to Europe that start this week from Cleveland Hopkins. Susan Glaser,, "36 hours in Cleveland: Europeans praise city's cleanliness, friendliness and hip vibe during brief visit (photos)," 30 Apr. 2018 But unlike Christmas, this is an herb-centric, non-denominational celebration that is growing in popularity and helping to drive tourism in states where recreational marijuana is legal. Christopher Muther,, "Stop and smell the holiday as 420 celebrations grow around the US," 5 Apr. 2018 Anyone who's spent time thinking about tourism or economic development in Indianapolis has heard the lament that there are no mountains or oceans here. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Briggs: How a business card at an Indianapolis Indians game showed me this city is special," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tourism

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tourism

: the activity of traveling to a place for pleasure

: the business of providing hotels, restaurants, entertainment, etc., for people who are traveling

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