[ek-oh-too r-iz-uh m, ee-koh‐]
  1. tourism to places having unspoiled natural resources, with minimal impact on the environment being a primary concern.

Origin of ecotourism

1985–90; eco- + tourism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for ecotourism


  1. tourism that is designed to contribute to the protection of the environment or at least minimize damage to it, often involving travel to areas of natural interest in developing countries or participation in environmental projects
Derived Formsecotourist, noun
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Word Origin and History for ecotourism

by 1989, from eco- + tourism. Related: Ecotourist.

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