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.
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First Known Use of tourism

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

9 May 2022

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“Tourism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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