Panamanian Hotel Sector Needs 12k Employees

In the next three years, 12,000 qualified workers will be needed to cover demand created by new hotels.

Monday, August 9, 2010

There are currently 10 hotel construction projects underway and in the next 12 months another six are expected to begin.

"This level of hotel development brings with it the same challenge now being faced by other sectors of the Panamanian economy - the availability of experienced workers, and in the case of hotels, people that speak a second language a such as English," reports

This issue will be felt particularly in acutely in Panama's regional provinces, as well as in the capital.

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Hotel Business Expanding in Nicaragua

June 2016

The rate of annual growth of the sector has been estimated at 3%, and to date there are a total of more than one thousand hotels with 14 thousand rooms.

Most hoteliers in Nicaragua agree that growth has been very positive, but they are aware of the need to accelerate the speed with which the sector is developing in order to compete with other destinations with a higher level of sophistication and development in this service. 

Hotel Congress in Nicaragua

June 2016

On October 12 in Managua entrepreneurs will be meeting to discuss issues such as hotel operations, techniques for hotel marketing and use, and the advantages of new technologies.

The event is being organized by the Hotel Association of Nicaragua (Ashotnic) and will be held at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Convention Center.

Hotel Supply in Costa Rica Keeps Growing

February 2013

Although building permits for hotels fell slightly during 2012, development projects will add more than 1,300 rooms over the next two years. reports that "Seven projects under construction will extend the national supply of hotel rooms by 1309, with the openings planned between this December and November 2014."

More Hotel Supply than Tourist Demand

June 2012

The average occupancy of hotels in Panama during the first four months of 2012 was 62.6%, 6% lower than in the same months of 2011.

The opening of new hotels and less tourists entering has influenced the dip in occupancy rates.

According to projections, in order to maintain the occupancy rates of hotels with the opening of new hotels, tourist numbers need to increase by 12%, but the reality has been different.

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