Meaning of TOURIST in English
tour ‧ ist W3 /ˈtʊərəst, ˈtʊərɪst $ ˈtʊr-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
someone who is visiting a place for pleasure on holiday:
Cambridge is always full of tourists in the summer.
The Statue of Liberty is a major tourist attraction.
What effect will this have on the local tourist industry?
tourist centre/destination/resort etc
Durham, with its cathedral and castle, is a popular tourist centre.
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▪ foreign tourists
Millions of foreign tourists visit the capital every year.
▪ an American/Japanese etc tourist
She saw a crowd of Japanese tourists, cameras at the ready, wandering down the path.
▪ tourists visit a place
About six million tourists visit the country each year.
▪ tourists flock to a place (=visit it in large numbers)
Tourists have flocked to the area ever since the TV series was filmed there.
▪ attract/draw tourists
They hope to change the image of the city and attract more tourists.
■ tourist + NOUN
▪ a tourist attraction (=an interesting place for tourists to see or an enjoyable activity for them to do)
Yellowstone National Park is a major tourist attraction.
▪ a tourist destination/centre/spot
Egypt became a popular tourist destination in the nineteenth century.
▪ the tourist industry
The tourist industry is booming, with more visitors this year than ever before.
▪ the tourist season (=the period in a year when large numbers of tourists visit a place)
Even in the tourist season the beaches don’t get packed.
▪ a group/party of tourists
The guide was talking to a party of tourists.
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▪ tourist someone who is visiting a place for pleasure on holiday:
The hotel is very popular with tourists.
a major tourist destination
▪ traveller British English , traveler American English someone who travels somewhere:
a weary traveller returning home after a long journey
The building’s luxurious interior will appeal to business travellers.
The strike will affect air travellers.
Paul Theroux, the American traveller, once went from London to India by train.
▪ visitor someone who comes to visit a particular country, area, museum etc:
Times Square attracts more than 30 million visitors annually.
▪ holiday-maker British English , vacationer American English someone who is on holiday somewhere:
The beach was packed with holiday-makers.
75 percent of Alamo's rentals are to vacationers.
▪ sightseer a tourist who is visiting a famous or interesting place:
Crowds of sightseers come to London every year.
▪ backpacker someone who is travelling for pleasure, staying in cheap accommodation and carrying a ↑ backpack :
a cheap hotel which is used mainly by backpackers
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012