Panama: Lodging Tax Could Increases to 11%

The proceeds will pay for the costs of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Panama, an office dedicated to promoting the country as a venue for conferences and conventions.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Tourism Authority of Panama could increase between 0.5% and 1% the lodging tax which is currently 10%. reports that "the measure will be implemented in the next few months and comes from a consultation hired by the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) to transform into a public-private entity the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Panama, which will be funded with the new charge to be paid by tourists. "

According to the administrator of the ATP, Solomon Shamah, they are analyzing the impact this increase on the sector, while acknowledging that the implementation of the office looks like becoming a reality.

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