Tax incentives foster tourism development in Panama

Law #8 promotes tourism activities in the country by offering tax relief on imports, real estate and capital investments, to name a few.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A report by the Panama Tourism Institute (IPAT) reveals that 12 investment projects totaling $92.5 million have been approved.
This will be the last year in which capital investment projects can benefit from Law 8, a measure designed to foster investment in the country's interior, Carl-Fredrik Nordström, Assistant Manager of IPAT, pointed out.



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A Single Tender for Projects in Amador

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The Government is looking at unifying into a single tender the building of a new convention center and cruise ship dock in Amador.

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"This entity (Tourism Authority of Panama) supports the construction of the convention center and also estimates that the cruise port would be an asset to the causeway, so it is requesting the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) to execute the projects together.

Panama's tourism development incentives

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The latest law of incentives created by the panamanian government is Law #58 of December 28 2006, which was implemented to promote tourism development which previously had no incentives.

Under this law any hotel, apart hotel, cabañas, hostel, and time sharing will benefit from this law.

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