Panama expects more than 1.5 million tourists

More than 1.5 million tourists will arrive in Panama during 2008, an increase of about 20 percent, according to Rubén Blades, Panama's Minister of Tourism.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Blades told a meeting of the Association of Press Correspondents in Panama that the impressive growth rate requires that the country speed up its expansion of services and production to meet the growing demand.

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Visitors to Panama Keep Increasing

October 2012

In the first nine months of the year the number of tourists coming to the country increased by 6.9% compared to the same period in 2011.

Between January and September 530,574 tourists arrived, 98,907 more than in the same period in 2011.

"Foreign exchange earnings amounted to 1.6731 billion, an increase of 19.5%, or approximately an additional $273 million compared to the previous period.

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.

Tourist arrivals in Panama grow 14.2%

December 2008

The number of tourist arrivals from January to October 2008 grew to 1.23 million, 153 thousand more than for the same period last year.

Just in October alone, 25 thousand tourists more than last year entered the country; this is a growth of 25.4%. The best growth was for maritime tourist arrivals according to preliminary data, coinciding with the start of the new cruise ship season, which improved by 83.5% compared to last year.

Tourism grows in Costa Rica despite U.S. dollar woes

June 2008

The economic slowdown in the United States and the rise in oil prices has not discouraged American tourists from going to Costa Rica.

From January to May nearly a million foreign tourists visited Costa Rica, and about half as many as visited in all of 2007.
More than half of the visitors were from the United States and 17 percent from Europe.

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