York's economy is based on the service
industry, which in 2000 was responsible for 88.7% of employment in the city.
The service industries include public sector employment, health, education,
finance, information technology (IT) and tourism that accounts for 10.7% of
employment. Tourism has become an important element of the economy, with the
city offering a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the
most prominent, and a variety of cultural activities. In 2009, York was the 7th
most visited city by UK residents and the 13th most visited by overseas