tourist trap


: a place that attracts and exploits tourists

Examples of tourist trap in a Sentence

The street market is a tourist trap that mostly sells cheap souvenirs. That hotel is just a tourist trap.
Recent Examples on the Web There are no town squares, no restaurants, and no tourist traps. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 10 Oct. 2023 In the anarchic, cutthroat, casually anachronistic fantasy world Jenkins builds—where Ed and his bitter first mate Izzy (Con O’Neill) dress in bikers’ leathers and the Republic of Pirates is a tourist trap—no pirate would get worked up over an anomaly as benign as two men kissing. TIME, 5 Oct. 2023 But, according to a new report from USA Today, that pink box represents one of the top 10 tourist traps on planet Earth. oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2023 Several chose this length of West 11th — pretty, conveniently located, strewn with extra-wide townhouses, and out of the way of Carrie Bradshaw’s tourist trap of a brownstone one block over — for their gigantic new homes. Curbed, 17 Apr. 2023 According to People Who Actually Do It By Hannah Singleton As Norman and I acclimated to Tulum, measuring time in sunrises and siestas, we got invited to local activities, away from the tourist traps. Geena Rocero, SELF, 26 June 2023 Visit the ice bar: Something of a tourist trap, Magic Ice is nevertheless a fun experience. David Nikel, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 In a recent interview with Travel + Leisure, Steves shared some of his best tips for dining out in Europe, including how to be a more thoughtful consumer and avoid tourist traps. Kelsey Fowler, Travel + Leisure, 2 Apr. 2023 And the smattering of 1980s jewelry store tourist traps are giving way to a new generation of storefronts, like art galleries 81C and the Creative Native. Joe Sills, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tourist trap was in 1942

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“Tourist trap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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