The forum, organized by the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), will host delegates from the region's main tourist authorities.
Speakers include the general manager of the Panama Institute of Tourism, Rubén Blades, and Venezuela's Minister of Tourism, Olga Cecilia Aguaceros.
Representatives from the region look to unite so that the economic benefit from tourism will be greater.
"Tourism is the industry that provides the most economic benefit to the region's population. We should unite so the economic benefit derived from tourism in our countries will be greater," declared the Director of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism, Guillermo Novielli, during the IX Summit on Tourism Development and Integration in Central America and the Dominican Republic that was organized by the Central American Parliament (Parlacen) and which ended yesterday in Panama. He also pointed out that they are taking the first steps to raise the awareness that together they are a more attractive destination than as individual countries.
From June 10 – 14, the VII Central American Small Hotel Forum will be held in Panama, bringing together more than 150 hoteliers.
The goal is to propose strategies to strengthen tourism integration in Central America so that it will become a single destination. The Association of Small Panamanian Hotels (HOPP), in partnership with the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) and the active participation of the Central American Federation of Small Hotels (FECAPH), organized the forum.
In the Cocle Tourism Forum 2013 entrepreneurs from the sector will will discuss opportunities provided by the Scarlett Martinez airport in the province of Cocle.
The event will be held at the Hotel JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, from 8:30 am. to 2:30 pm.
According to Alberto Quirós, hotel owner and organizer of the event, the activity includes participation of Costa Rican and Dominican exhibitors who will speak about tourism development in the areas of Guanacaste and Punta Cana, after an international airport has been built on the outskirts of these cities.
Tourism industry representatives are participating in the Annual Meeting of the United States Association of Tour Operators, known by the acronym USTOA.
A press release from the newspaper "El Pueblo Presidente" reads:
The CEO of INTUR, Architect Mario Salinas Pasos, is heading a delegation that is participating in North America in the Annual Meeting of the United States Association of Tour Operators known by the acronym USTOA.
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