Tax Incentives for the Tourism Sector

In Panama, a law was approved that will grant tax incentives until 2025 to businessmen who invest in hotels and recreational activities.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Between the most important incentives that contemplates the law project 696 that was approved in third debate, it emphasizes the exoneration of the tax of material import, for the constructions of accommodations or inns for the tourism made in the interior of the country.

Hector Golcher, president of the Association of Small Hotels of Panama said to that tax benefits are fundamental "... for the construction of establishments for tourism, because 'in all provinces there are small hotels that have invested in accommodations of 50 to 100 rooms, therefore it is important to open this opportunity for Panamanian businessmen."

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From the National Assembly press release:

The tourism sector will get tax incentives until 2025 as a result of legislation passed in the third debate in the National Assembly designed to promote a competitive offer for investors in hotels and recreation activities.

Read full press release (In Spanish).

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