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    #1

    we need foreign exchange

    Hello to all,

    I want to talk about the advantages of tourism. I want to convey the idea that tourists spend foreign currency which is useful for the economy of the host country.

    How can I express this idea in an eloquent way?

    Foreign tourists bring foreign currency to the host country.

    Obviously something better can be said.

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    #2

    Re: we need foreign exchange

    Perhaps:

    Tourists spend money here, and that's good for the economy.
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    #3

    Re: we need foreign exchange

    A very good phrasal verb to use when talking about contributions made to an economy is bring in. Another good verb is contribute.

    Foreign visitors bring in a lot of money to the host country.

    I don't think you really want to talk about 'currency', do you? I think you're really talking about money, right? A currency is just the form in which money is represented in a particular economic system.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 29-Oct-2019 at 22:19.

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    #4

    Re: we need foreign exchange

    Right now my country is cut off from financial system of the world due to some problems.

    I want to put emphasis that tourists bring dollar and spend it here. So I want to focus on the foreign exchange part.

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    #5

    Re: we need foreign exchange

    Perhaps:

    Tourists bring dollars here, and that's good for the economy.
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    #6

    Re: we need foreign exchange

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Right now my country is cut off from financial system of the world due to some problems.

    I want to put emphasize [AmE spelling] that tourists bring dollars and spend it them here. So I want to focus on the foreign exchange part.
    Say they bring hard currency. It's fine to use "currency" here because that's the main point.
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    #7

    Re: we need foreign exchange

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Say they bring hard currency. It's fine to use "currency" here because that's the main point.
    So this is fine? :

    Foreign tourists bring foreign currency to the host country.

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    #8

    Re: we need foreign exchange

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    So this is fine? :

    Foreign tourists bring foreign currency to the host country.
    It's okay, but I think you should use the term "hard currency". It refers to money that's freely exchangeable almost anywhere in the world. That's what I understand you're trying to say.
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    #9

    Re: we need foreign exchange

    Tourist spending is a substantial source of revenue to a country, which benefits its economy.
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    #10

    Re: we need foreign exchange

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Tourist spending is a substantial source of revenue to a country, which benefits its economy.
    That is indeed true. But Iran is subject to severe international sanctions and needs every dollar of hard currency​ it can get. I think that's the main focus of the OP's sentence.
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