The economic contribution of tourism in Iran: An input-output approach

M. H.Imani Khoshkhoo, Valiollah Alizadeh, Stephen Albert Pratt

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Historically, Iran has been heavily dependent on crude oil revenues. However, Iran is richly endowed with many natural and cultural attractions. Possibly due to the image of being an unsafe destination, international tourism has not been developed as quickly as in other parts of the world. However, the tourism industry can play an important role in the economic growth of many countries. The economic tourism potential for Iran has been an underresearched area. An input-output model has been used to calculate income multipliers and employment multipliers to assess the economic contribution of tourism activities. Compared to other sectors in the economy, we find there is economic potential for tourism. The tourism industry can play an important role to stimulate economic growth and employment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-441
Number of pages7
JournalTourism Analysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Economic contribution
  • Input-output model
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Linkage analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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