Panama: Hotel investment Moves From Capital To Interior of Country

Tax incentives for the construction of hotels in the interior of the country are behind the increase in the number of operating permits issued since the implementation of the law in 2012.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

With up to six years to start their projects, investors interested in developing hotel infrastructure in the interior of the country have until 2020 to benefit from the tax incentives which include total exemption from import tax, including transfer tax on goods and services (ITBMS), for a period of 20 years for the purchase of equipment, furniture, fittings and equipment used in the construction and equipping of the complex.

"Until the first of May, data from the Department of Tourism Investments at the Tourism Authority of Panama show that 22 operating permits were awarded, representing a total investment of $7.1 million. 40% of the 266 rooms that have been built this year are in the province of Chiriqui, which opened nine accommodation businesses."

"They also opened three stores in the province of Los Santos, two in Herrera, and one each in Bocas del Toro and Cocle, respectively. The remaining six are in the province of Panama, but in areas adjacent to the capital city," reported

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