Tourist arrivals in Panama grow 14.2%

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.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

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.

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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.

Record tourist arrivals in Panama

January 2009

There was a record of 1.5 million visitors making it one of the sectors with the most development during 2008.

According to, "projections at the end of 2008 indicate that the figure could read 1.6 million visitors, recording a growth of 14.3% compared to 2007.

In nine months Panama surpasses one million tourists

October 2008

During the first nine months of the year, the country received 13.1% more visitors than during the same period in 2007.

This is the first time that Panama has surpass one million visitors in the first nine months of the year. Carl-Fredrik Nordström, administrator in charge of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), attributed these results to the "constant and sustained promotion which has been carried out for two years."

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