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.
Six prominent publicity companies have responded to the second call for bids made by the Panamanian Tourist Institute.
Authorities in Guatemala's tourism sector are hoping for an increase of close to eight per cent of visitors to the country this year.
Costa Rica is to invest US$14 million this year in tourist promotion in the United States and Canada amid fears that the difficulties faced by the US economy could lead to a decline in visitors, Tourism Minister Carlos Benavides said.
Minister of Tourism, Ruben Blades, will travel to Berlin, London, and Amsterdam shortly in order to negotiated more flights to Panama.
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