The decision of whether to sell the event center after three failed attempts to auction it will be left to the incoming government.
According to Law 22 on public procurement, after three attempts at an auction the state should proceed to selling the property for $62 million, ie 50% of the original sales price. However, it will be the government of Juan Carlos Varela which will assess and decide whether to continue with the sale process or follow suggestions from the business community about the value that the state could find in this piece of infrastructure in the promotion of trade and culture.
Authorities are calling for the prudent management of information on the subject, believing that there is much less impact from the disease in Panama than in other countries in the region.
Tourism is the sector that has been the most affected by the epidemic of dengue in the country, as to date, eight package tours that were bound for Panama have been canceled. Although it is a small number of cancellations the Ministry of Tourism believes that it is important to assess the situation.
TAP, BlueSky and Aeromexico are negotiating flight connections from Portugal, Grand Cayman and Mexico City to Tocumen airport.
The Mexican carrier has already made the first approaches for connections to the Tocumen International Airport. Although it has not defined when flights would start, representatives indicated that it could begin with seven a week.
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).
With a base price of $82 million, on November 12 there will be another attempt to sell the 55,000 m² convention center.
The Ministry of Economy had set the value of the property at $124 million, however, the Public Procurement Act provides that after two failed attempts it may make a third call, but the reference price will correspond to two thirds of the original reference price, ie $82 million.
From the financial point of view it is unworkable because it requires $24 to $30 million just to maintain the marian needed for cruisers to dock at the port.
In 2011 , the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP ) announced that it would build the port terminal, however, the announcement was made without having carried out feasibility studies. After analyzing the situation the Government has withdrawn its plan to build the port .
The Panamanian Government wants to avoid cruise tourism to depend on the decisions of North American companies.
According to the General Manager of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), Solomon Shamah, the cruise industry is very important for Panama, as it has facilities in both oceans, but the most important thing is the fact that the country is located in a privileged position in Central America and has an air hub which provides the opportunity of being a "home port".
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