Panama: Conventions Center Project Moves Forward

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is working on the project's sketch, which will be the basis for the public bidding process.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The new conventions center is expected to be operating in 2013, with an exhibit area of 15.000 square meters.

Ernesto Orillac, main adviser for the Panamanian Tourism Authority, argued that "...Panama must have a world class convention center, considering that this type of tourism is the one who spends the most and stays the longest in the country".

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New Option for Panamanian Convention Center

May 2011

Government authorities have conducted analysis into the possible location of the center on land which was transferred to the Amador Foundation in order to fund the Bio-museum .

This new option has been added to the other suggestions, which are to use lands owned by Social Security Department in Amador or extend the land fillings made by Jean Figali.

Three Proposals for Convention Center in Amador

September 2012

The companies Constructora Norberto Odebrecht, Ingenieros Civiles y Asociados (ICA), and the consortium HPC-Contratas-PIB have submitted their proposals for the construction of the new convention center.

The best value tender is for the design, equipment, and construction of a center for conventions, events, and exhibitions, in Amador, Panama City.

Panama: a Destination for Convention Tourism

November 2012

The canal country is growing as a host for international meetings and at the end of 2012 there were 126 events which accounted for the occupation of 120,000 room nights.

Caribbeannewsdigital.com reports that "Vice Minister of Tourism, Ernesto Orillac, during EIBTM, Barcelona reported that Panama will receive at least 40,000 visitors who will take part in over 15 worldwide events over the next two years.

Panama: Convention Center Tender in January

December 2011

Days after the government announced its intention to sell the Atlapa Convention Center, it has announced a tender for January, for the design and construction of a new project.

The government hopes to raise between $70 and $80 million from the sale of the Atlapa convention center.

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