Tourism in Panama: Better Results for Cruises

The 70% increase in the number of tourists who arrived on board cruise ships between January and July more than compensated for the slight decrease that was reported in the number of tourists that entered through other points of entry.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

With the exception of cruise ports, all points of entry into the country, including Tocumen International Airport and the Paso Canoas border post, recorded a slight reduction in the number of tourists entering the country in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2016. reports that "...Between January and July, 228,668 cruise passengers visited, which is an increase of 73% when compared to last year's data. This increase is due to the Pullmantur shipping company adding a new ship leaving from Panama, as well as a greater number of cruises that docked in Panamanian ports."

"... The stability of hotel occupancy rates during the first months, with a 50% margin, was diluted at the end of the first half of the year. Data from the Comptroller's Office shows that only 48% of the rooms in Panama City were occupied between January and June."

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