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Panama Gets New Convention Center

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Panama has given the green light for the construction of a new convention center in Amador.

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Panama Government Gives green Light to Build New Convention Center

The Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) gave the order to proceed with the construction and equipping of the new Convention Center to the Consortium Amador HPC-Hire-P & V SA, a business group of companies in Panama, and Puerto Rican Spanish.

The ATP said Tuesday that the winning company earned the highest score of the tender for the work, with 96 points product qualifications of the Evaluation Commission and Commission Price Verification acting at the event.

For the general manager of the ATP, Salo Shamah, this is a historic moment in the Panamanian tourism. “The tourism sector must be ready to design a model management new convention center. This building is next to the Museum Gehry, at the entrance of the Channel, “he said.

Jaime Campuzano, National Tourism Council, said the new convention center will increase tourist arrivals to the country and hotel occupancy rises. With the new facility, he said, Panama can “compete for events of up to 10,000 tourists.”

The Convention Center
The new modern Amador Convention Center, which will be an icon for the city of Panama, have an open-air auditorium and he may hold one event at a time. Is expected to be ready by mid-2014.

The facility, which represents an investment of 149 million euros, seeks to place Panama as the best choice for business events in Latin America.

During 2011, the Central American country hosted 66 international conferences and expects to close 2012 with a total of 126, said recently at EIBTM Barcelona Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ernesto Orillac.

Located near the Panama Canal and Biomuseo of Diversity , the complex of 57 thousand square meters will have 16 meeting rooms, a theater for 1947 people and an amphitheater for 2,000 people. In addition to the exhibition hall of 15,000 m2, will have a restaurant and a multipurpose room with about 4,000 m2.

Currently, Panama has over 600 hotel facilities with a total of 23,500 seats. International hotel chains have invested in housing infrastructure in recent years, and in the period 2012-2013 is expected to open 50 stores.

Last year, the country canal received two million international visitors with revenues of EUR 2,000 million. The ATP believes that 2012 will close with 2.2 million visitors.

The new convention center is part of a solid investment process, as well as name-brand hotels, real estate projects and works as the Biomuseo , opening in 2013, including major infrastructure additions as the subway , the Panama Canal expansion and a new terminal at Tocumen airport , which handled more than six million passengers in 2011.

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