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Tourism and tourist attractions

agritourism

noun

the activity of spending your vacation visiting another country and staying in places in the countryside, for example farms

attraction

noun

somewhere or something you can visit that is interesting or enjoyable

beauty spot

noun

a beautiful place in the countryside that attracts tourists

courier

noun

a tour guide

ecotourism

noun

the business of creating and selling vacations that give people the chance to learn about a natural environment, and cause as little damage to the environment as possible

gondolier

noun

someone whose job is to take people for rides in a gondola in Venice

guide

noun

someone whose job is to take care of a group of people who are visiting a place and give them information about it

guide

noun

someone who shows you which direction to walk or travel in, especially as their job

guidebook

noun

a book for tourists that provides information about a place

heritage center

noun

a building where tourists and other visitors get information about a place and its people, including information about the natural features of the area

high season

noun

peak season

holiday resort

noun

a place where a lot of people go on vacation, usually one with a lot of hotels, bars, and restaurants

holiday season

noun

the time of year when most people take their holidays

holiday village

noun

a village of small houses built for people to stay in while on vacation, usually near the ocean, a river, or a lake

interpretation center

noun

a visitor center

low season

noun

off-season

mecca

noun

a place that a lot of people visit, because it is famous for something that they want to see or do

peak season

noun

a part of the year when many tourists visit a place and travel costs are therefore higher

phrase book

noun

a small book that contains useful words and phrases in a particular foreign language, used especially by tourists

resort

noun

a place that many people go to for a vacation

season

noun

a period of the year when most people take a vacation

showplace

noun

an impressive place that tourists often visit

sights

noun

interesting places that people go to see

space tourism

noun

space travel that is done for enjoyment

tour guide

noun

someone whose job it is to show tourists around a place and explain its history, architecture, etc.

tour guide

noun

someone whose job is to help and take care of tourists on an organized vacation

tourism

noun

the business of providing services for people who are traveling for their vacation

tourism

noun

related to tourism

tourist

noun

someone who is visiting a place on vacation

tourist

noun

relating to tourists

tourist attraction

noun

a place to visit that is very popular with tourists

tourist board

noun

an official organization in a country or area that encourages tourists to visit that country or area

tourist trap

noun

a place that is visited by many tourists and is therefore crowded and expensive

tourist visa

noun

a visa that allows you to visit a country for a short time on vacation

touristy

adjective

designed for tourists, or full of tourists

tour operator

noun

a company that organizes vacation tours

travel agency

noun

a business that helps people plan trips and make travel arrangements

travel agent

noun

someone whose job is to help people plan trips and make travel arrangements

travel warning

noun

an official notice in which a government warns its citizens not to travel to a particular country or region because it is dangerous

unfrequented

adjective

not visited often

visitor center

noun

a building that gives information and services to visitors to a place such as a city, historical building, or nature reserve

well-traveled

adjective

a well-traveled place is visited or used by many people

whale watching

noun

the activity of watching whales

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

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