tour·​ism ˈtu̇r-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce tourism (audio)
: the practice of traveling for recreation
: the guidance or management of tourists
: the promotion or encouragement of touring
: 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 In the ’70s, tourism to Antarctica, a two-day boat ride away, boomed. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 By Brett Knight, Forbes Staff Two decades ago, Las Vegas tried to buy a commercial slot during the 2003 Super Bowl to promote tourism to the city. Brett Knight, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Las Vegas’s transformation into a pro sports town reflects not just the leagues’ interest in the city and their general embrace of sports betting, but also the power of the region’s primary economic driver, tourism. Jenny Vrentas, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Besides tourism, Land sees opportunities in commercial regional air transport. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2024 Nearly every trend report for 2024 has mentioned sleep tourism. Ronny Maye, Essence, 5 Feb. 2024 For Thailand, a country where tourism accounts for around 18% of overall GDP, the pandemic was nothing short of catastrophic. Isabelle Kliger, Vogue, 4 Feb. 2024 Adventure Surrounded by mountains and jungle, Sayulita is one of the best places in Mexico for adventure tourism. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 3 Feb. 2024 The birth tourism industry is depicted as a world in which everyone seems to be scamming one another. Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tourism was in 1811

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Cite this Entry

“Tourism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


tour·​ism ˈtu̇(ə)r-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce tourism (audio)
: the practice of traveling for pleasure or the business of encouraging and serving such traveling

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