ecotourism

[ek-oh-too r-iz-uh m, ee-koh‐]

noun

tourism to places having unspoiled natural resources, with minimal impact on the environment being a primary concern.

Nearby words

  1. ecotarian,
  2. ecotaxis,
  3. ecotecture,
  4. ecoterrorist,
  5. ecotone,
  6. ecotropic virus,
  7. ecotype,
  8. ecowas,
  9. ecphonesis,
  10. ecr

Origin of ecotourism

1985–90; eco- + tourism

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British Dictionary definitions for ecotourism

ecotourism

noun

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

ecotourism

n.

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

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