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.
Just in October alone, 25 thousand tourists more than last year entered the country; this is a growth of 25.4%. The best growth was for maritime tourist arrivals according to preliminary data, coinciding with the start of the new cruise ship season, which improved by 83.5% compared to last year.
During the first nine months of the year, the country received 13.1% more visitors than during the same period in 2007.
This is the first time that Panama has surpass one million visitors in the first nine months of the year. Carl-Fredrik Nordström, administrator in charge of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), attributed these results to the "constant and sustained promotion which has been carried out for two years."
In the first half of the year tourists arrivals to the country nearly doubled compared to the same period in 2010.
Expenditure by the approximately 1.2 million visitors was $908.8 million, a 10.3% increase compared to last year.
An article on PAdigital.com.pa’s website reports, "Solomon Shamah, the Minister of Tourism Authority (PTA), said he was pleased with the figures and predicted that they could reach the sum of 2 million tourists by December.
Tourist arrivals for 2008 in Nicaragua increased 7.2% compared to 2007, according to reports from the Tourism Institute.
Laprensagrafica.com reports, "According to preliminary reports, it is calculated that tourism activities brought $277.8 million in earnings to this Central American country, while in 2007 the earnings were $255.1, reflecting an increase of 10%, the source said.
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