Fewer Tourists Arriving in Panama

According to entrepreneurs in the sector lack of promotion of the country is the reason why one million tourists came into the country between January and May of this year, 4% less than in the same period in 2017.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) reported that 1,091,008 tourists arrived in the first five months of 2018, registering a fall of 3.8% in relation to the 1,134,573 visitors registered in the same period in 2017.

Ernesto Orillac, president of the Panamanian Association of Tourism Operators (Apotur), told Prensa.com that " ... the current situation is critical, and pointed out that there is no indication of an improvement for the second half of the year. 'We have not had a strategy behind the international promotion campaign, we still need to sign more agreements with tour operators, airlines, promotional caravans, and not just launching advertisements internationally.'" 

According to a report by the ATP, in the month of May, a total of 165,316 visitors entered Panama through the main ports of entry, which is equivalent to a decrease of 5.3% or 9,263 visitors less than in the same period in 2017.

The document adds that the expenditure made by visitors during their stay in Panama, in the period, was estimated at 2,162.7 million balboas, which is an increase of 2.6% over the same period last year and an absolute variation of 54.6 million of balboas.

See full report (In Spanish).

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May 2018

Between the first quarter of 2017 and the same period in 2018, the number of visitors that arrived in the country registered a slight decrease of 1.4%, but the overall expenditure made by them increased by 2.7%.

According to sector's figures, between the first quarter of 2017 and the same period of this year the number of tourists fell from 734,000 to 723,000, and the currencies received registered a slight increase, going from $302 million to $310 million.

South American Tourism Grows in Panama

June 2014

Colombians, Venezuelans and Brazilians make up the majority of tourists coming from South America, while there has been a rebound in the arrival of Ecuadorians and Paraguayans.

Efforts to promote tourism made by Panama and the improved economic performance of the countries in South America account for most of the visitors arriving in the country from that region.

Tourist Spending in Panama Increases

November 2011

In the first nine months of the year an increase of 13.9% was reported in daily spending compared to the same period in 2010.

During the aforementioned period, spending by visitors amounted to $1,397 million, $170 million more than in 2010.

"Although projections by the Panama Tourism Authority indicate that in 2011 the country will surpass the barrier of two million tourists, some business connected with the activity believe that this figure will not be reached.

Panama: Record Tourist Numbers

August 2011

In the first half of the year tourists arrivals to the country nearly doubled compared to the same period in 2010.

Expenditure by the approximately 1.2 million visitors was $908.8 million, a 10.3% increase compared to last year.

An article on PAdigital.com.pa’s website reports, "Solomon Shamah, the Minister of Tourism Authority (PTA), said he was pleased with the figures and predicted that they could reach the sum of 2 million tourists by December.

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