Tourist Arrivals Keep in the Red

In the first eight months of the year, Panama received 1.65 million tourists, 2% less than those reported in the same period in 2017.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

According to the country's official figures, between the first eight months of 2017 and the period from January to August of this year, tourist arrivals fell from 1.69 million to 1.65 million. This negative behavior strengthens the trend that has shown throughout the year. reports that "... from the four entry points to the country that are used to calculate the entry of visitors, only Paso Canoas, on the border with Costa Rica, showed positive numbers, with an increase of 4%, while for Tocumen International Airport, the number of tourists fell 0.6%, about 6992 people."

The article adds that "... As for the movement through cruise ports, the number of visitors fell 2.1%, while in the category of "other ports", where is the fiscal pier and the airports of Rio Hato and Panama Pacifico, among others, the number of visitors fell 16.7%."

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