Panama: Tourist Spending Up 4% in 2017

In 2017, the country received 2.5 million tourists who spent $4.451 billion, 3.8% more than in 2016.

Friday, February 9, 2018

According to preliminary figures from the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), in 2016, tourists spent $4.287 billion, $164 million less than the amount generated last year.

Regarding spending by tourists arriving on cruise ships, the ATP reported that " ... cruise passengers spend approximately $150 during their stay in the country, on food consumption, transportation and purchases, which shows that Panama is maintaining its hegemony in the region as a shopping tourism center."

A statement issued by the ATP details that most of the spending done by tourists in the country corresponds to " ... lodging, purchases in stores and shopping centers, food, internal transportation, entertainment, and excursions to historical tourist sites within and outside the capital city."

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