tourism

[ too r-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈtʊər ɪz əm /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. tourer,
  2. tourette syndrome,
  3. tourette's syndrome,
  4. tourie,
  5. touring car,
  6. tourist,
  7. tourist car,
  8. tourist class,
  9. tourist court,
  10. tourist home

Origin of tourism

First recorded in 1805–15; tour + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for tourism

tourism

/ (ˈtʊərɪzəm) /

noun

tourist travel and the services connected with it, esp when regarded as an industry
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Word Origin and History for tourism

tourism

n.

1811, from tour (n.) + -ism.

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