Panama expects 1.4 million tourists this year

Panama expects to receive 1.4 million tourists this year, up from 1.3 million in 2007, the Panamanian tourism Institute (IPAT) said.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

IPAT said its estimate was based on year-on-year-growth recorded in January and February. Carl-Fredrik Nordström, an IPAT official, said the growth was due to promotion of Panama as a tourist destination in North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe.

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Panama looking to attract more tourism from Europe

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Minister of Tourism, Ruben Blades, will travel to Berlin, London, and Amsterdam shortly in order to negotiated more flights to Panama.

To date, they have reached out to Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa and KLM. KLM has been offering direct flights to Panama from Amsterdam since March and will increase the frequency to 5 flights per week in December. "They hope to reach 7 per week," added Blades .

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