Through an agreement with the Spanish wholesaler Aquatravel, for a period of twelve months a weekly charter flight with 300 passengers will be coming to Tocumen from Madrid.
The agreement between the Spanish tourism company and Adventure Tourism 2000 also states that "... at least half the passengers coming in the charter will stay in Panama, taking into account that a percentage will use the air link to connect from Panama to other destinations in the region.
The number of passengers who arrived in the country on cruise ships between January and November 2014 decreased by 16% compared to the same period last year.
From January to the end of November 2014 a total of 191,345 passengers arrived aboard cruise ships, ie 36,986 fewer passengers than the number reported during the same period in 2013. Over the past five years, 2011 saw the highest number of tourists reported by this means of transport, while 2012 had the he lowest number.
Up to November last year, 301,149 tourists arrived on cruise ships at Panamanian ports, 9.2 % more than in the same month in 2012.
Statistics from the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) reveal that between January and November 2013, 301,149 tourists arrived in the country on cruises, 25,470 visitors more than in the same period in 2012, an increase of 9.2%. This sector contributed $45 million to the national economy in that period.
The country is not on the cruise ship's route map for next season, leaving only Pullmantur using Colon 2000 as a home port.
"A month ago we were told the ship would go the port of Tampa in Florida, so we had the opportunity to negotiate to find an alternative," said Solomon Shamah, administrator of the PanamaTourism Authority (ATP).
During the 2013-14 season the arrival of 120 cruise ships are expected at the port of Colon, with the estimated expenditure of each passenger on land being $125.
The number of cruise ships foreseen for this season is similar to the number of arrivals that occurred in the previous period. Between December 2013 and January 2014, the port will receive 54 cruises ships across the Atlantic, ie 27 cruises every month.
Demand for places on cruises leaving from Home Port Colon 2000 in Panama remains high, with Royal Caribbean and Pullmantur recording 100% occupancy rates on its ships in recent months.
The Grandeur of the Seas, belonging to Royal Caribbean, and the Horizon, owned by Pullmantur Cruises are two ships that have had 100% occupancy throughout the season of the Home Port Colon 2000, reports Pananaamerica.com.pa.
Royal Caribbean has confirmed the port of Colon as its point of departure for cruise ships until 2011-2012.
The second season will finish in April 2010, and the third will run from November 2010 to April 2011. A fourth was confirmed, from November 2011 to April 2012.
Michael Ronan, vice president of Royal Caribbean said that in order to maintain Panama as the Home Port, “passengers must be satisfied, the product must generate benefits for the company and we must identify demand in the long term”.
The American company is working on the launching of the third season of the Enchantment of the Seas cruise from Panama.
Laprensa.com reports in its website: "The American company had committed to operate the cruise for two seasons and, depending on the observed results, they would decide on prolonging its stay in Panama for more time"
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