definition of vacation by The Free Dictionary

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In British English, you refer to a period of time that you are allowed to spend away from work or school as the holiday or the holidays.

The school had undergone repairs during the holiday.

One day after the Christmas holidays I rang her up.

You refer to a period of time spent away from home enjoying yourself as a holiday.

He thought that Vita needed a holiday.

I went to Marrakesh for a holiday.

When you spend a long period of time like this each year, you refer to it as your holidays.

Where are you going for your holidays?

Be Careful!
You usually use a determiner or a possessive in front of holiday or holidays. Don’t say, for example, ‘I went to Marrakesh for holidays.’

If you are on holiday, you are spending a period

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Definition of Tourism at

[ too r-iz-uh m ]

/ ˈtʊər ɪz əm /


the activity or practice of touring, especially for pleasure.
the business or industry of providing information, accommodations, transportation, and other services to tourists.
the promotion of tourist travel, especially for commercial purposes.



Test your vocab skills and see if you can ace this practice test full of teacher-selected 9th grade terms.

Question 1 of 10


Origin of tourism

First recorded in 1805–15; tour + -ism

Words nearby tourism

tourer, tourette syndrome, tourette’s syndrome, tourie, touring car, tourism, tourist, tourist car, tourist class, tourist court, tourist home Unabridged
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for tourism

British Dictionary definitions for tourism


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How the RBC Heritage came back to Hilton Head after coronavirus halted everything

Jonathan Wright jokes that his neighbor had the scoop that one of the first major sporting events since the coronavirus outbreak would be played in South Carolina on Hilton Head Island.

The Harbour Town Golf Links superintendent was hanging out at the park in the small gated community on the south end of Hilton Head where he lives with his family. There is a pool and tennis courts and pickleball. Neighbors are friendly and young children play together.

It was a gathering here near the jungle gym on an afternoon in April when a neighbor — from an appropriate social distance of course — asked Wright about an online report that the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing could be back on for June.

“I was like ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’ ” Wright said.

The PGA Tour had announced in March the longtime event had been canceled, swept up

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Surfing confronts sport’s racist past after George Floyd’s death

One day 40 years ago, actor and stuntwoman Sharon Schaffer returned to her SUV after riding the waves at Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard, California, to find a racial epithet written in dirt on its windows.

In surfing, “there was always the good, aloha vibe,” she said recently, “but behind the aloha vibe was the other vibe — a locals-only, whites-only vibe.”

“I shrugged it off,” said Schaffer, of Los Angeles and celebrated as U.S. surfing’s first African American female professional. “But I don’t think I would shrug that off so easily today.”

U.S. surfing, still viewed as largely white and advantaged, may be undergoing a new awakening following the death of George Floyd. The sport that helped popularize the graphic T-shirt, birthed skateboarding and gave the world a name for loafing online is, like other American subcultures, confronting a scourge of racism that has thrived within its own ranks.

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‘I lost my dad to Covid-19. This will be my first Father’s Day without him’

Shanaz Nagamah and her dad Mohamed
Shanaz Nagamah and her dad Mohamed

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has now reached over 50,000; a number 43 per cent higher than the expected number of deaths in a normal year. Since the first UK case was identified on 29 January – at a hotel in York – the country has seen thousands of families lose mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, and other relatives to the deadly virus.

In the next 365 days these families will have to face anniversaries, birthdays, and other milestones, without these people. As Father’s Day approaches on Sunday 21 June, The Independent spoke to three Brits who lost their dad to Covid-19 about how they’ll mark the day.

Shanaz Nagamah, 31, from Essex, lost her dad Mohamed, 82, on 7 April

“My last memory of dad is squeezing his hand as he got into the ambulance. My brother, Nizam, 35, had called me

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4 Travel Stocks to Buy for the Great Outdoors

There’s a big trend happening on Wall Street, and you don’t want to miss out. Consumers are opting for campfires and nights under the stars instead of pink flamingo pool floats and tropical cocktails. Investors are following suit, bidding up a group of travel stocks perfect for the great outdoors. If you’re looking to make a profit this summer, grab your flannel and start buying.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a huge fan of relaxing by the pool — and a fruity cocktail doesn’t sound so bad, either. But right now, the novel coronavirus is still calling the shots. Data tells us that some travelers are ready to return to airlines, cruise ships, and crowded resorts, but plenty prefer staying safe at home.

Now though, even those who want to stay safe and practice social distancing are feeling the itch to get out and explore. To be fair, many

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Stimulus package could have tax incentive for tourism in US

A proposal to boost tourism by providing tax breaks for Americans who travel inside the United States is being “actively” considered by the White House for inclusion in the next coronavirus stimulus package.

Three White House officials told McClatchy the tax credit for travel, which has been sharply curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic, is among the economic recovery proposals under discussion. They plan to make a formal recommendation to Congress next month.

“One of the things that is very much on the table is a tax deduction for Americans to do tourism activities,” one senior White House official said.

The U.S. Travel Association has proposed a tax incentive for travel of up to $4,000 per household to help restart domestic business and leisure travel.

The association’s proposed tax credit would allow for a refund of 50 percent of qualified travel expenses through the end of 2021, with qualified expenses

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‘I wonder if my wallet or body will recover?’

Zak Hoblyn in a lift.
Zak Hoblyn in a lift.

My Money is a series looking at how people spend their money – and the sometimes tough decisions they have to make. Here Zak Hoblyn from London takes us through a week in his life as a first-time buyer during the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally from Wiltshire, Zak is 27 and lives in North London with his fiancée Leah who is a radio presenter. He works as a lift and crane engineering surveyor and loves his job. However, he says it is made hard by his height; reaching for door releases can be difficult at 5ft 6″. The couple hope to get married in July 2021 in Glastonbury.

He enjoys running so much he describes himself as “addicted” to it. He is running both the rescheduled Tokyo and London marathons (last year he completed the Paris marathon – his first ever.) Another hobby is finding bars

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Up next, recap & links

Full episodes of “Sunday Morning” are now available to watch on demand on, and CBS All Access, including via Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon FireTV/FireTV stick and Xbox. The show also streams on CBSN beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET and 11:30 a.m. ET.  

WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE RADIO: “Sunday Morning” is available to CBS News Radio listeners, and is also streamed on Sirius XM Satellite Channel 124 Sundays at 9 a.m. ET. 

You can also download the free “Sunday Morning” podcast at iTunes. Now you’ll never miss the trumpet!


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Walt Disney World To Roll Out A New Reservation System When Parks Reopen Next Month

In addition to the slew of changes and new safety protocols, Walt Disney World will introduce a new reservation system when its theme parks in Florida reopen next month. It’s called the Disney Park Pass System, and visitors will need to not only have a valid park ticket or an annual pass to get into the park, but they’ll also need to make a reservation in advance on the Pass System for each park entry.

The Disney Park Pass System, the new online tool that will soon be available on, is Walt Disney World’s way of managing attendance during their reopening period.

“We’re taking a deliberate approach that includes limits on attendance and controlled guest density to align with guidance from health and government authorities on physical distancing,” writes Avery Maehrer, manager of communications at Walt Disney World Resort, on the Disney Parks Blog. “We’re also using technology to

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