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Americans Like to Visit Panama

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In the first seven months of the year 1,236,000 visitors came to Panama, 5.4% more than the same period in 2011. United States remains at the top of the list as the nation that brings the most visitors to Panama, followed by Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and Spain.

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Panama attracts more tourists

The increased tourist arrivals in the first seven months of the year, albeit at a slower pace compared to the reported increase in the same period last year.

In total, between January and July entered a million visitors to the country 236 000, 63 000 842 additional tourists compared to the same period in 2011.

This represents an increase of 5.4%.

Although Panama continues attracting more tourists, the volume has not been sufficient to adsorb the 4000 hotel rooms that have been enabled in the capital in recent years.

This difference has caused hotel occupancy in the capital city has dropped 7% in the first half of the year.

To maintain occupancy above 60%, hoteliers say the entry of visitors should register a growth of 15% monthly. This year it is estimated that the occupation will fall below 50%, especially in hotels with less than 100 rooms.

As for tourist spending is averaged in July visitors left the country in exchange for a thousand 315 million dollars.

When compared to the numbers of 2011, it shows an increase of 221.6 million dollars.

In this assessment made by the Comptroller General, not including the purchase of tickets.

By country, the United States remains at the top of the table as the nation that brings more visitors to Panama, followed by Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and Spain.

While by geographical area, South America is the region that is bringing more tourists to the Panamanian market.

Tocumen is still the main port of entry for tourists, although the movement Paso Canoa, on the border with Costa Rica, has rebounded this year.

For the Tocumen International Airport enters the 70% of visitors to the country, while at the border was an increase of 1.3%, after the negative results reported last year.

At the end of 2012, the authorities hope that Panama has received 2.2 million visitors, surpassing the 2 million reported last year.

To increase the flow of visitors to the country, is currently negotiating direct flights from Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil.

The government is acting as a mediator between the South American operators and LCCs for the deal, which could begin in October.

Also establish negotiations with the Spanish airline Iberia to enhance frequencies from that country. Currently Iberia takes five weekly flights to Panama.

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