Definition of tourist trap in English:

tourist trap


  • A place that attracts many tourists and where goods and services are more expensive than normal.

    • ‘How can any suggestion I make compare with a tourist trap that will charge you the extortionate sum of £1.75 for a pot of tea and £2.65 for a cheese sandwich?’
    • ‘Although Cuba was once a generous mixture of Europeans, West Africans and Chinese, today there remain only 300 pure Chinese and Chinatown has become a tourist trap.’
    • ‘Sure, Market Street is a bit of a tourist trap but we were going to be out in the city and unable to get back to the hotel in time for Leta to take her next nap, and we needed to be able to walk around so she could sleep in her stroller.’
    • ‘Wandered through the tourist trap of tweeds and tartan, heather-honey and whisky-marmalade, Caithness glass and hairy Highlander dolls.’
    • ‘Outside the tourist trap, rural properties stay on the market for ages and you could be stuck with it for a couple of years or more.’
    • ‘A wink and nod hung in the air, though, as if everyone would admit under pressure that it was a tourist trap, but they plainly considered that unimportant next to enjoying the moment.’
    • ‘Britain is an expensive tourist trap where visitors are ripped off and overcharged for terrible service in restaurants and hotels.’
    • ‘It is easy to fall into the tourist trap of tramping well-worn paths from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, via a hotel that could be anywhere in Britain were it not for its croissant breakfasts.’
    • ‘The train these days is a bit of a tourist trap and passes through several outback settlements on it's journey northwards.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, across town at Second City - the supposed tourist trap where you might expect a little pandering - something peculiar is going on.’
    • ‘With thousands of tourists visiting the Red Centre every year, this remote spot, uninhabited and desolate for centuries, has become a tourist trap, and visitors flock from all four corners of the globe.’
    • ‘So don't disregard Chinatown as simply a tourist trap or a good place to eat your weight in dumplings.’
    • ‘Unfortunately this place has become a tourist trap.’
    • ‘When we used to go there before, we were one of the tourists, but we've started exploring the countryside around that area, avoiding the tourist trap.’
    • ‘But he doesn't want the place to become a tourist trap and hopes his regular customers, who still hang out in the no-cover front bar, will always consider the Lenox Lounge their local watering hole.’
    • ‘Beautiful beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and emerald green hillsides stepped with paddy fields have made Bali a tourist trap and tourism a linchpin of the Balinese life.’
    • ‘It's a typical French restaurant, but it's so famous that a lot of people don't go there because they think it's a tourist trap.’
    • ‘The ironic tourist treated the tourist trap not as an authentic space, but as a copy of the real.’
    • ‘The village itself was a bit of a tourist trap but we did get to see some crocs, cuddle a koala, feed some kangaroos, get bitten by a parrot.’
    • ‘It is a tourist trap, of course, but it's a living one, with real shops selling real necessary goods and, mostly, filled with people about their everyday business just as it has been for the past five or six hundred years.’
    holiday destination, holiday centre, tourist centre, centre, spot, retreat, haunt
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