A total of 12 farms received certificates to offer agro-tourism services after completing the Agricultural Good Practices (BPA).
Minister Olmedo Espino pointed out that the activity is a great alternative for farmers and highlights the effort made by both entities for the agro-tourism development of Panama, but above all, because it offers economic benefits and provides incentives for ecological preservation.
The "Master Plan" should become the main tourism development tool in Panama in the next 12 years.
Along with the Tourism Law, the new offices of the institution and the publicity campaign, the preparation and execution of a Master Plan for Tourism was one of the strategic objectives established by the Ruben Blades administration of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP).
The Tourism Authority (ATP) has proposed the used of floating hotels on the coast of the Kuna Yala region, as an alternative for the development of tourism services in the area.
"When we say floating hotels we mean hotel ships, such as cruise ships, where tourism can obtain all the services they receive at a hotel. They would sleep there and unboard to go on tours, to get to know the culture, buy souveneirs, eat, or enjoy the beaches and surrounding areas," the Administrator of the ATP, Ruben Blades, clarified.
Minister of Tourism, Ruben Blades, will travel to Berlin, London, and Amsterdam shortly in order to negotiated more flights to Panama.
To date, they have reached out to Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa and KLM. KLM has been offering direct flights to Panama from Amsterdam since March and will increase the frequency to 5 flights per week in December. "They hope to reach 7 per week," added Blades .
The Minister of Tourism, Ruben Blades, indicated that they are working on a "law to facilitate tourism investment."
He said that it is not a modification of Law 8 from 1994 which offers tax incentives for tourism investment.
On the other hand, the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) is working on the regulations for the Tourism Law and includes such things as determining what is the fine or punishment for violating said law, Blades said. These declarations were made during the VIII Annual Tourism Forum of the American Chamber of Commerce yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel.
More than 1.5 million tourists will arrive in Panama during 2008, an increase of about 20 percent, according to Rubén Blades, Panama's Minister of Tourism.
Blades told a meeting of the Association of Press Correspondents in Panama that the impressive growth rate requires that the country speed up its expansion of services and production to meet the growing demand.
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