tour·​ism | ˈtu̇r-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce tourism (audio)

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 One concern is that next year’s spring break, in March — traditionally the strongest tourism week of the year — might be scrapped.

Randy Diamond,, “San Antonio hotels weathered big revenue declines in third quarter,” 13 Nov. 2020
Like much of the tourism sector, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has been forced to scale back operations, which include running tours and visitor centers at such popular spots as Alcatraz, Muir Woods and the Marin Headlands.

Kurtis Alexander,, “Layoffs hit Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s nonprofit partner,” 13 Nov. 2020
While most museums and tourism attractions are closed on Thanksgiving day, many offer virtual exhibits, gallery talks and educational lectures at discounted rates., “Community news for the Glastonbury edition,” 13 Nov. 2020
Many tourism officials and business owners had feared Tahoe would take a major hit because of the coronavirus pandemic, not to mention the poor air quality from the California wildfires.

Washington Post, “Nature takes a beating from a different kind of tourist in Tahoe,” 13 Nov. 2020
The West Coast measure will add to the misery of the airline and tourism industries that are reeling from a year when people have been told or encouraged to stay home for months at a time.

Brian Melley, Star Tribune, “West Coast governors urge COVID quarantine after travel,” 13 Nov. 2020
Hundreds of swingers have descended upon New Orleans to swap intimate partners and potentially exchange viral loads, coming just in time as city officials loosened restrictions and allowed for more tourism under Phase 3.3 guidelines.

Sarah Ravits,, “Open up New Orleans and the swingers will come,” 13 Nov. 2020
Although investors stampeded to tourism stocks after word of progress on a COVID-19 vaccine, the development is no swift salvation for South Florida.

David Lyons,, “Travelers slow to venture out despite excitement about COVID-19 vaccine,” 13 Nov. 2020
The hotel at 7056 S. Kirkman Road in the heart of the International Drive tourism district was closed for a faulty fire suppression system, according to city spokeswoman Samantha Holsten.

Trevor Fraser,, “Orlando condemns I-Drive Grand Resort & Suites,” 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of tourism

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tourism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Nov. 2020.

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