Panama: Tourists spent $677.2 million during the first semester

During the first half of the year, tourists spent a combined total of $677,289,000 for an increase of 19.7% compared to the same period last year.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

There was a two digit increase every month. The most significant was in the month of May when tourist spending was $104,516,000 or 27.3% more than same month last year.
Jorge Loaiza, president of the Panama Hotel Association, said that projections for year are at $1.4 billion in spending.

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12% Increase in Tourism in Nicaragua

June 2012

In the first five months of the year 456,000 people entered the country, an increase of 11.8% compared to the same period in 2011.

Mario Salinas, chief executive of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur), indicated that foreign exchange earnings also reported growth of 19.4%, "these results are satisfactory and we think we will reach the goals we have set, which is about 6.5 percent or 7 percent. "

Panama: Record Tourist Numbers

August 2011

In the first half of the year tourists arrivals to the country nearly doubled compared to the same period in 2010.

Expenditure by the approximately 1.2 million visitors was $908.8 million, a 10.3% increase compared to last year.

An article on’s website reports, "Solomon Shamah, the Minister of Tourism Authority (PTA), said he was pleased with the figures and predicted that they could reach the sum of 2 million tourists by December.

Nicaragua: Tourism Grows 22% in First Quarter

July 2011

Revenues generated in the first three months of the year amounted to $93.6 million, 22.2% higher than in the same period in 2010.

Official reports, without giving precise figures indicate that "the greatest investment in tourism is led by the private sector through hotels, restaurants and tour operators".

Panama: Tourism Increases 20% in May

July 2010

The number of visitors in May was 105,800, 20% more than in the same period last year.

May becomes the month with largest year-on-year increase so far in 2010.

Salomón Shamah, head of the Panamanian Tourism Authority, told that, "this growth is expected to continue in the coming months with the arrival between July and September of Carnival's Freedom cruise liner at the Colon 2000 cruise terminal.

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