tour·​ism | \ ˈtu̇r-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce tourism (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web After that closed in 1987, the economy became defined by tourism, which grew steadily after the dunes were designated a national park in 1970. John Carlisle,, "Dollar store wants to infiltrate popular Up North vacation spot — and town fights back," 2 Dec. 2019 As part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s effort to promote Saudi Arabian tourism, the country is now working to preserve some historic sites. Wired, "Photo Gallery: Wild Juxtapositions of Saudi Arabia Modern and Ancient," 26 Nov. 2019 Although this was later revealed to be a publicity stunt coordinated by one of Norway’s tourism agencies, the sentiment behind it is authentic to the local way of life, in which business opening and closing times are all relative. Mallory Farrugia, Vogue, "Why Your Next Summer Getaway Should Be Above the Arctic Circle," 14 Nov. 2019 The metropolis’ tourism agency says the F1 GP brought revenues of $80 million last year, almost 20% more than the previous season. Washington Post, "Brazil’s major cities lock horns for F1 race after 2020," 14 Nov. 2019 Montgomery: The state’s tourism agency has been honored for its work promoting civil rights travel in 14 U.S. states. USA TODAY, "El Paso memorial, hogs by helicopter, trees for troops: News from around our 50 states," 14 Nov. 2019 The local tourism agency at Haji Buang is spending more than $40,000 to build facilities there, including a wooden bridge, dock and covered seating area. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "A Lake With Stingless Jellyfish and Hints of Hotter Seas," 4 Nov. 2019 On a call with investors, Jean-Marc Duplaix, CFO of Gucci’s parent company, Kering, said the decline in tourism to the US hurt its sales in the country, as did a dip in consumer sentiment. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Gucci’s astronomical sales are coming back to earth," 25 Oct. 2019 Rwanda is monitoring 329 of the primates in its territory, its tourism agency said in August., "Rwanda searches for motive after 14 are killed in tourist region - The Boston Globe," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of tourism

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Dec 2019

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“Tourism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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