South American Tourism Grows in Panama

Colombians, Venezuelans and Brazilians make up the majority of tourists coming from South America, while there has been a rebound in the arrival of Ecuadorians and Paraguayans.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Efforts to promote tourism made by Panama and the improved economic performance of the countries in South America account for most of the visitors arriving in the country from that region.

"...The number of Venezuelan visitors went down 6.1% from 56,707 in the first quarter of 2013 to 53,224 tourists in the same period of 2014, according to statistics from the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), but this has not prevented it from keeping second position, behind Colombia, which had an increase of 10.9% going from 78,751 to 87,341 travelers. "

"...1,552 came from Paraguay, 244 more than last year. In the case of Brazil, there were 27,022, which is 3,593 more ...According to the Panamanian Association of Hotels (Apatel), trade with Brazil, Colombia and Paraguay has been strengthened and this has enabled more people in these countries to travel more frequently to the country, which has made a great contribution to tourism. "

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Between the first quarter of 2017 and the same period in 2018, the number of visitors that arrived in the country registered a slight decrease of 1.4%, but the overall expenditure made by them increased by 2.7%.

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The aim is to attract tourists with greater purchasing power, and to compensate for the reduction that for various reasons has been recorded in the entry of Colombian and Venezuelan tourists. According to the tourism authorities, in the case of Colombia, depreciation of the Colombian peso has had an affect, making Panama more expensive, and in the case of Venezuela, it is the political and economic crisis in the country.

Panama: More Tourists from Europe, Less from North America

September 2016

The number of visitors from North America who came into the country between January and July fell by 3% year on year, while the flow of European tourists grew by almost 7%.

In order to recover some lost ground in the US, Canadian and Mexican markets, an important part of international tourism promotion contract for the next two years will be run in North America. In the first months of the year the number of Canadian tourists who arrived in Panama fell by 27% compared to the same period in 2015, the flow of Mexican tourists fell nearly 5%.

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August 2012

Over one million tourists entered the country in the first half of 2012, of whom 338,000 were from South America.

In an analysis of the origin of visitors by country, the United States remains the main source of tourists, followed by Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and Spain.

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