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

Like the tiny Alabama town's influx of visitors following Lee's novel (whose setting was loosely based on Monroeville), Memphis saw a huge increase in tourism since Graceland was opened to the public in 1982. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Graceland, Home of Elvis Presley," 14 Mar. 2019 If SpaceX decides to dabble in private space tourism to drum up funds for the BFR, the company has the means to do it. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The easiest way for Elon Musk to raise money for SpaceX might be tourism," 18 Sep. 2018 The Bosnian government was thrilled with the boost in tourism and national pride, both welcome after the devastating Bosnian war of 1992-95. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Revisiting The Bosnian Pyramid Scheme," 17 Aug. 2018 VanderLann said the drop in tourism from misunderstandings about the volcano has hurt many local residents. Gabby Raymond, Time, "Hawaiians Blame Misunderstanding of Volcano and 'Doomsday' Headlines for Big Drop in Tourism," 21 June 2018 Osborne says that Lubbock, which is about a 12-hour drive or a two-hour nonstop flight from Phoenix (American Airlines offers daily flights), has experienced a 30 percent increase in tourism over the last nine years. Dan Fellner, azcentral, "Why Lubbock, TX, is hot: Texas Tech, Buddy Holly and wine," 13 June 2018 Millennials, who are now in their 20s and 30s, are the generation most interested in space tourism, the study found. Jessica Campisi And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Most Americans say they aren't booking a vacation to space -- except millennials," 6 June 2018 Is the large gap in the New Orleans tourism counts a bad thing? Melinda Morris,, "Roaches, goats and hedgehogs: American Airlines tightens emotional support policy," 15 May 2018 The kingdom could also invest more in tourism, which employs only 50,000 Jordanians but could do far better. The Economist, "Unstable neighbours and bad policy are just two of Jordan’s problems," 28 Apr. 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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