Tourists to Panama Decrease by 4.7%

In February 2009, there were 5 thousand less visitors than during the same period last year, according to the Comptroller of the Republic.

Friday, April 17, 2009

With respect to 2008, the cumulative amount for January and February saw an increase of 3.3%.

Roberto Gonzalez wrote in “Private enterprise has shown concern due to the reduction of this activity. Carl-Fredrik Nordström, Deputy Administrator of the ATP (Panamanian Tourism Authority) said the agency has not cut its international guidelines or reduced its participation in tourism fairs or its foreign incentives abroad 'in any way. Quite the contrary, we have strengthened them'."

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