Panama: Tourism to Grow 10% by 2020

The Panamanian government's optimistic projections are based on the publicity that finally began this year at the international level, with the injection of $20 million into the Tourism Promotion Fund.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The campaign to promote Panama as a tourist destination in the main international markets began in November of this year and will be active for eight months.

The business tourism sector expects in the coming year to begin to see an upturn in activity, which has been depressed for the last 4 years. According to estimates by the Tourism Authority, in 2020 a similar flow of tourists could arrive to the country as in 2018, when 2.4 million tourists were registered. review that "... Among the agreements that are already being implemented or will come into effect in the coming weeks, is the agreement that the Fund signed with the German operator TUI, which will be valid for 2 years. The Fund will allocate $50,000 each year in combined promotion with the European operator and it is estimated that this relationship will translate into more than a thousand tourists arriving in Panama next year."

Liriola Pittí, Executive Director of the International Promotion Fund, explained to that "... Agreements have also been reached to bring charter flights from Colombia, Ecuador, Canada and Costa Rica". She added that "... The number of tourists that would arrive in the country, as a result of these charter flights, was calculated at 85% occupancy in the aircraft, so the final numbers could be higher."

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Tourism: Growth Goals in Panama

June 2019

The Tourism Promotion Fund has the aim of increasing by 100 thousand the number of visitors that annually arrive in the country, a rise that would be determined by the development of advertising campaigns in five areas.

In 2018, the entry of tourists through the main ports of entry to the country was 2,480,190, according to official figures.

Tourism: First Funds Delivered for Promotion

May 2019

In Panama, the first $5 million was given to the International Tourism Promotion Fund, which is part of the $20 million that each year corresponds to the fund by law.

From the ATP statement:

May 24, 2019. The administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority, Gustavo Him, delivered this morning the first 5 million dollars to the International Tourism Promotion Fund, in the framework of the inauguration of International Tourism Expo 2019, which takes place at the ATLAPA Convention Center, on 24 and 25 May.

Fewer Tourists Arriving in Panama

August 2018

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.

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.

Negotiations for Direct Flights From David to U.S.

February 2013

Two weekly direct flights from the U.S. to the City of David in Panama could add to the appeal of the Chiriqui province as a tourist destination.

"The Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) is negotiating with some international operators over their ability to perform two weekly direct flights from the U.S.

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