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

The festival has become a force behind the city’s new economic and tourism initiative: Brew Paso. Alyssa Pereira,, "Chuck the wine. Paso Robles is a beer town now," 12 June 2019 Arizona's massive hospitality and tourism sectors count roughly 330,000 jobs. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "How to find short-term 'gig' jobs with a tap on your phone," 7 June 2019 The issues come as trade tensions increase, and Chinese social media has been actively discussing the difficulties of traveling to the U.S. for school, work, and tourism under the current administration. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Life On The Race Beat: RaceAhead," 4 June 2019 Since the release of the critically acclaimed Chernobyl series in May, interest in the famous nuclear plant and tourism in the Ukraine town of Pripyat has sky-rocketed, according to Reuters., "How Chernobyl, the Biggest Nuclear Disaster in History, Still Affects Ukraine 33 Years Later," 4 June 2019 What had previously been a government for the people became a government that was catering to big business, big real estate developers like Donald Trump, and tourism. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Not even shopping locally can save your favorite mom-and-pop — the problem is much, much bigger than that.," 21 Nov. 2018 Venezuela’s information, mining and tourism ministries didn’t respond to emails seeking comment. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018 Part of the challenge in figuring out how to think about space conflict is the sheer complexity of the orbital environment—an arena that has long belonged to nation-states, but that is increasingly becoming a domain of commerce and tourism. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 As the Arctic warms and ice crumbles, many areas where narwhals live will be open to human activities like oil exploration, shipping and tourism. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Record the Sounds of the Elusive Narwhal," 15 June 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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