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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Virgin Galactic's ambitions to make space tourism a reality were given a great boost when the company successfully reached space, or something like it, during a test flight on Thursday. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Galactic Completes Successful Flight in Big Boost for Space Tourism," 13 Dec. 2018 Google’s Street View camera loan program is open to organizations like tourism boards, nonprofits, government agencies, universities, and research groups. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Google updated its Street View Trekker to look slightly less dorky," 18 Dec. 2018 But enshrining a ban in the state constitution would more permanently protect the state’s coasts and wildlife as well as its tourism industry from the risks associated with oil and gas extraction. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Florida passed this year’s weirdest ballot initiative: a ban on vaping and offshore drilling," 7 Nov. 2018 This matters not only for preserving reefs in areas that depend on tourism, but to prevent widespread coastal erosion. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "Is Your Sunscreen Bad for the Planet? Here’s How to Choose an Ocean-Safe Formula," 14 Aug. 2018 The Big Island’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism, and so far hotels and airlines are reporting few cancellations. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "An island of angst: 'A lot of people are scared' as unpredictable Hawaii volcano roars and boils," 14 May 2018 Along with the questionable moral implications of these numbers and how little ports benefit from cruise tourism, the cruise industry also has a severe impact on the environment. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 But this visit is also an opportunity to learn more about the future of Fiji, your economic growth, sustainable tourism development and social enterprises. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Recalls Queen Elizabeth's Visits to Fiji in His Speech at Tonight's State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018 Virgin Galactic, a space tourism venture, has also suspended its partnership as a result of tensions. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Tech reckons with Saudi cash after journalist’s brutal murder," 18 Oct. 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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