Meaning of “tourism” in the English Dictionary

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"tourism" in British English

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tourismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈtʊə.rɪ.zəm/ /ˈtɔː.rɪ.zəm/ us /ˈtʊr.ɪ.zəm/

B1 the business of providing services such as transport, places to stay, or entertainment for people who are on holiday:

Tourism is Venice's main industry.

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  • We must ensure that tourism develops in harmony with the environment.
  • The island is being destroyed by the relentless march of tourism.
  • It is unclear how to mitigate the effects of tourism on the island.
  • Service industries such as tourism have become more important in the post-industrial age.
  • The region's reliance on tourism is unwise.

(Definition of “tourism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tourism" in American English

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tourismnoun [ U ]

us /ˈtʊrˌɪz·əm/

the business of providing services, such as transportation, places to stay, or entertainment, for tourists

(Definition of “tourism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tourism" in Business English

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tourismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈtʊərɪzəm/ us TRANSPORT, COMMERCE

the business of providing services such as transport, places to stay, or entertainment for people on holiday:

Tourism is Venice's main industry.
These beautiful old towns have remained relatively untouched by tourism.

(Definition of “tourism” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)