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Esfahan, Mashhad, Urbanization, Asian countries, GDP

Urbanization has contributed to significant growth in the service sector. In 2000 the sector ranked as the largest contributor to the GDP (59 percent) and employed 45 percent of workers. Important service industries include public services (including education), commerce, personal services, professional services (including health care), and tourism. The tourist industry declined dramatically during the war with Iraq in the 1980s but had revived significantly by the mid-1990s. About 1,700,000 foreign tourists visited Iran in 2000; most came from Asian countries, including the republics of Central Asia, while a small share came from the countries of the European Union and North America. The most popular tourist destinations are Esfahan, Mashhad, and Shiraz.

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Esfahan, Mashhad, Urbanization, Asian countries, GDP, small share, popular tourist destinations, service sector, personal services, Iran, Iraq, European Union, public services, war, health care, tourism, professional services, commerce, North America, education


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