More International Events in Panama

The number of conventions, conferences and other international events provides more customers for the hotel sector.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

According to an article in "Panama, will host 32 international events in 2013, which have already been confirmed by the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) and the figure is expected to increase in the next few months. Estimates that hotel occupancy as a result of the activity in this tourism segment will reach 150,000 tourist nights, exceeding the 120,000 with which they expected to end 2012."

According to the ATP, these figures indicate that Panama is gaining ground in convention and conference tourism considering that in 2011 it had 90,000 occupied rooms.

"We have been able to attract these events despite aggressive competition from other Latin American cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cancun, Mexico, Santiago de Chile, and Punta Cana the Dominican Republic", said the manager of the ATP, Salomon Shama.

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Conventions Fuel Tourism in Panama

June 2013

On average, each person attending a convention injects $300 per day into the Panamanian economy, for accommodation, shopping, food and transport.

According to the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), since the beginning of last year up until now there have been approximately 200 conferences in the country. The conventions in 2012 alone generated for the country between $45 and $50 million in foreign exchange.

International Conventions Boost Hotel Business

May 2013

The act of holding conventions in Panama has intensified areas such as transportation, lodging and shopping, and its contribution to GDP is projected for this year at $32 million.

According to the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), the IX World Congress and celebration of 50th anniversary of the World Missionary Movement's work, held at the Figali Convention Center, generated 20,000 room nights and provided $5 million.

The Competition for Convention Tourism

May 2012

The countries of the region are compete for organizing events and conferences whose participants spend on average $1,200 per day.

Panama, Colombia and Costa Rica are building new convention centers to be opened in 2014, a major effort that aims to achieve a good slice of the cake that is convention tourism.

Convention Tourism in Panama

January 2010

To become a global destination for the convention industry, Panama must increase the number of available hotel rooms and air plane seats.

Martinelli’s government produced a strategic five-year plan which includes a Tourism Development Master Plan by the Panamanian Tourism Authority.

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