From June 19 to 23 companies working in convention tourism will be meeting in Antigua with international buyers and suppliers in order to develop business opportunities.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute:
Guatemala January 26, 2017.The Guatemalan Tourism Institute, INGUAT together with the Convention Bureau of Guatemala, announced that the City of Antigua Guatemala will host the Latin America Meetings and Incentives Travel Exchange, Lamite, from June 19 to 23.
A convention center and hotel are part of the expansion works scheduled for the Galerías Santo Domingo shopping center, as part of an investment of $20 million.
One thousand additional parking spaces, a new area for restaurants and shops, a convention center and hotel are some of the works that Inmobiliaria Santo Domingo announced will be carried out in GaleríasSanto Domingo from 2017.
For the fourth time the Comptroller has returned without having approved the contract for the construction of the new convention center, which in May was awarded to the construction company Edica for $32 million.
This time the Office of the Comptroller General of Colombia requested the Costa Rican Tourism Institute give a better justification for why they will use nearly $8 million from the $15 tax charged to tourists entering the country.
The INGUAT has announced that in July it will convene an international tender for a feasibility study and master plan to build a convention center.
Authorities at the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism explained that among the requirements to participate in the tender, companies must have experience in the design and construction of at least ten convention centers.The first tender will be to determine the ideal location and feasibility, in addition to a design for the building.
In order for the building to have better conditions to accommodate large scale events, the original design has been modified to expand the leasable space to 30,000 square meters and include more parking spaces.
Authorities from the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) and representatives of the consortium CCA-Cocige, in charge of resuming the work which had been on hold since December 2014, have unveiled details of the new design for the convention center, which will be three times bigger than Atlapa.
The ATP said that the redesign does not change the cost of the work, which remains at $193.7 million and still leaves a construction area at 58 thousand square meters, of which 30,000 square meters are "salable areas for different types of events.The total capacity of the building is 25,000 people. "
In the statement issued by the ATP, the hierarch, Gustavo Him, notes that".... the main reasons for the redesign are to improve the functionality of the project, implement advanced technologies and, occasionally, to focus the project towards the growing and thriving industry of conferences and conventions, which brings into the country annual revenues of $700 million. 'More exhibition areas have been gained, taking into account the current need for the country to have a more competitive convention center with larger areas for conventions with around 1,700 parking spaces.' "
"...The work is currently 33% complete, corresponding to the construction of foundations and the building structure, which in the new design makes full use of the money invested in the project so far.The new design includes expanding the areas for exhibitions and having a main hall for fairs and exhibitions measuring 15,000 m2. "
See more details of the redesign in a statementissued by the ATP. (In Spanish)
Hoteliers have suggested making Panama a "duty free" zone for tourists, eliminating customs and import duties and refunding ITBMS to visitors.
Faced with the loss of competitiveness in the Panama hotel sector, entrepreneurs are asking for customs and import taxes to be eliminated, and tourists to be refunded the ITBMS charged when leaving the country. The ultimate goal is to increase the national ITBMS to above 7%, to offset the import tax, informed Herman Bern, of the hotels Miramar, Le Meridien and Westin to Laestrella.com.pa.
Cemosa, Consorcio Amador, Consorcio Proyecto SEG and Ayesa have presented their proposals to oversee the construction of the new convention center.
Of the ten companies that were interested in the tender to project manage construction of the Convention Center of Amador, four have formalized their offers in the public tender, according to Prensa.com.
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