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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Tourism'

Tourism Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    tourism n : the business of providing services to tourists; "Tourism is a major business in Bermuda" [syn: touristry]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Tourism'


Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel to and stay in places outside their usual environment for more than twenty-four (24) hours and not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited."

Tourism has become a popular global leisure activity. In 2008, there were over 922 million international tourist arrivals, with a growth of 1.9% as compared to 2007. International tourism receipts grew to US$944 billion (euro 642 billion) in 2008, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 1.8%.

As a result of the late-2000s recession, international travel demand suffered a strong slowdown beginning in June 2008, with growth in international tourism arrivals worldwide falling to 2% during the boreal summer months.

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Tourism Sample Sentences in News


  • Tourism chief warns against cuts
    Strides to boost tourism in Northern Ireland will be undermined if the sector is hit hard by Stormont funding cuts, the retiring head of the Tourist Board has warned. Read more on this news related to 'Tourism'
  • Tourism industry a boon to Waikato
    New statistics released have highlighted the value of tourism to the region, with 12.7 per cent of jobs in the Waipa district being in the tourism sector. Read more on this news related to 'Tourism'
  • Tourism seeks support to regrow Chch visitors
    Tourism supports a higher proportion of jobs in the Waimakariri District than anywhere else in New Zealand, new figures show. Read more on this news related to 'Tourism'

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