tourist trap


Definition of 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

Rather than get jumbled into the pre-Olympics tourist trap (the Japan Times reported an estimate of 40 million additional tourists to the city for 2020), head to Tokyo in 2019 to take advantage of all the pre-event updates without the crowds. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 The menu is deceptively simple, but the presentation, choice of ingredients, and dressings is what elevates the experience beyond the tourist traps of the French Quarter. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 The city may not have the flashy kid-centric tourist traps like Disneyland, but there’s still plenty for the younger crowd. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 For locals, Nintendo World is just another tourist trap. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Gallery: Exploring Nintendo’s flagship New York City store," 2 Sep. 2018 Opponents fear the project would turn the landmark into an undignified tourist trap unworthy of its significance. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Berlin Is Again Divided, and Wonders If David Hasselhoff Will Pick Sides," 9 Nov. 2018 Getting to the Musée was just a matter of hopping on a cable car and riding it to the end of the line near Fishermans Wharf, which is a bit of tourist trap these days. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "This arcade is really vintage: Visiting San Francisco’s Musée Mécanique," 29 Sep. 2018 Officials said that tourists trapped there by past floods have been rescued after the waters receded. Tassanee Vejpongsa,, "Thai soccer players missing inside flooded cave: 'Where is my child?'," 26 June 2018 Authorities have said footprints and handprints were found inside the cave complex, and that tourists trapped there by past floods have been rescued after the waters receded. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Fox News, "Top Thai official says flooding complicates cave rescue," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of tourist trap

1942, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tourist trap

disapproving : a place that attracts many tourists and that charges high prices

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