Panama expects more than 1.5 million tourists
More than 1.5 million tourists will arrive in Panama during 2008, an increase of about 20 percent, according to Rubén Blades, Panama's Minister of Tourism.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Blades told a meeting of the Association of Press Correspondents in Panama that the impressive growth rate requires that the country speed up its expansion of services and production to meet the growing demand.
The economic slowdown in the United States and the rise in oil prices has not discouraged American tourists from going to Costa Rica.
The number of tourist arrivals from January to October 2008 grew to 1.23 million, 153 thousand more than for the same period last year.
In the first nine months of the year the number of tourists coming to the country increased by 6.9% compared to the same period in 2011.
The number of visitors in May was 105,800, 20% more than in the same period last year.
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