Panama Registers More Tourism Companies

In 2017, 42 operating licenses were authorized for tour operators and travel agencies, and 75 hotels throughout the country also began operations.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Among the licenses processed, 41 are type A (tour operators) and one type B (travel agencies).  The province of Panama reflected the highest registry with 24 licenses, and the province of Chiriqui with 8. 

From a statement issued by the Tourism Authority of Panama:

The Directorate of Tourism Investments at the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) issued 42 operating licenses for travel agencies and tour operators last year.
Among the licenses processed 41 are type A (tour operators) and 1 type B (travel agencies). The province of Panama reflected the highest registry with 24 and the province of Chiriquí with 8. With these new companies, the number of businesses dedicated to these activities has increased to 333 (319 type A and 14 type B).
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