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[ek-oh-too r-iz-uh m, ee-koh‐] /ˌɛk oʊˈtʊər ɪz əm, ˈi koʊ‐/
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
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Examples from the web for ecotourism
  • The team will be advising on alternative sources of funding including ecotourism.
  • Traditional medicine can result in the overexploitation of animals and plants alike, as can ecotourism.
  • Meanwhile, ecotourism provides the bulk of the funding needed to keep these critically endangered primates alive.
  • Existence values persist after the transient and localized benefits of ecotourism.
  • Around the country, ecotourism efforts are underway targeting specific needs.
  • ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas while preserving the environment and improving the well-being of local people.
  • ecotourism is a growth industry here, and the golden spruce was a popular stop on visitors' itineraries.
  • ecotourism has been defined as an industry developed specifically to achieve the sustainable use of resources.
  • Travelers with an acute concern for the environment might consider traveling as part of an ecotourism excursion.
  • ecotourism itineraries focus on the mountains, coastal areas and archaeological sites.
British Dictionary definitions for ecotourism


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 Forms
ecotourist, noun
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Contemporary definitions for ecotourism
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Word Origin and History for ecotourism

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

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