Cruise ship business declines in Panama

During the month of April the number of cruise ships that entered the country fell by 42.7 percent compared with 2007.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The number of cruise ships in Panama has been declining all year. In April the port of Colón 2000, the main arrival point for cruise shops, received just 20,700 tourists in April, down 46.92 percent from the year-earlier total.

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January 2013

In the 2010-2011 season the number of cruise ships that docked at the port of Limon fell by 41% compared to the 2011-2012 season.

During the last season 117 vessels loaded with tourists docked at Limon, whereas this year only 69 arrived.

The prospects for next season are set to get worse, with only 59 cruises scheduled to arrive.

Costa Rica: Incentive for Cruise Tourism

October 2015

A bill proposes reducing from $3 to $1.5 the municipal tax paid by tourists who disembark from cruise ships in the port of Puntarenas.

As explained by the promoters of the proposal, the rate charged by the municipality of Esparza in the port of Puntarenas is greater than that at Puerto Limon, where $1.5 is charged per tourist.

Less Cruise Passengers Arriving in Panama

January 2015

The number of passengers who arrived in the country on cruise ships between January and November 2014 decreased by 16% compared to the same period last year.

From January to the end of November 2014 a total of 191,345 passengers arrived aboard cruise ships, ie 36,986 fewer passengers than the number reported during the same period in 2013.

Fall in Cruise Tourism in Panama

January 2013

Cruise tourist arrivals declined 28.1% in 2012 compared to 2011, totalling only 235,792.

In the opinion of Fidel Reyes, Director of Panamanian company FR Consulting, the situation was influenced by strikes in the province of Colon on the Atlantic.

For the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), the rising cost of fuel and the rerouting of several lines also contributed to the decline.

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