Advertising Expenses for Tourism in Panama

Of the nearly $ 40 million budgeted by the Tourism Authority of Panama for advertising for the period 2008-2011 just $ 5.5 million remain in the coffers.

Thursday, February 24, 2011 reports: "In late 2009, the ATP took away the campaign from Publi4, which had already spent $ 26 million of the $ 39.5 million, blamed it with inflating production costs of the campaign 'Panama stays in you' but the company defended itself stating it had worked transparently and under the quality levels requested." Consequently, ATP management awarded the campaign to advertising firm BB & M.

Minister Solomon Shamah considers that the remaining money is not enough to promote Panama abroad this year, so it is requesting additional funding to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Usage of tourism promotion funds in 2010 (in dollars):

Sponsorships: 1.8 million
Media (Free Atlapa Campaign): 1.5 million
Manufacturing (free Atlapa documentaries not made by BB & M): 1.5 million
Marketing: 533.000
Fair stands: 544.000
Participation in fairs: 534.000
Merchandise: 150.000
Storage: 120.000
"Fans trips": 69.000
Website: 29.000
Caravans: 14.000
Other: 9.000

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