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South Americans Top Visitors to Panama

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The majority of tourists to Panama are coming from South America. Over one million tourists entered the country in the first half of 2012, of whom 338,000 were from South America. Historically, visitors from North America were the top tourists to the country, but after the economic crisis affecting the income of U.S. and Canadian travelers, their entrance numbers have fallen.

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Original Article Text From Prensa via Google Translate :

South Nurtures Panama Visitors

In the first half of 2011, South American market consolidated as the main source of tourists to Panama.

75,000 of the million tourists entered the country through June, 337 000 977 came from a country south of the continent.

Historically, America was the region that brought tourists to the country, but after the economic crisis affecting the income of U.S. and Canadian history has been different.

In the first half South American tourist arrivals grew 24%, up from 14.5% in North America, and 9.6% in Europe.

Panama hopes to attract more tourists from the south and it is negotiating with tour operators in Brazil and with airlines to operate direct flights to Panama.

Last month came the first charter operated by Avianca, Taca from Colombia, and is already operating the air link from Brazil and Argentina to Bocas del Toro, the result of the alliance between Copa Airlines and Air Panama.

If tourist arrivals is analyzed individually by country, the U.S. continues at the top of the table as the nation that brings more visitors to Panama, followed by Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and Spain.

Of these countries is reaching much of the foreign direct investment, prompting the arrival of business visitors that after making their moves replace their ties to shirts shirts.

In total, during the first six months tourist arrivals increased by 5.2% over the same period last year, some 53 thousand 313 additional visitors.

Although positive growth, the hotel sector stresses the need that the arrival of tourists grow above 10% to maintain hotel occupancy at acceptable levels.

Employment in the capital has fallen about 7% so far in 2012, due to the entry of new rooms to the market.

On the expenditure by tourists in Panama, it is estimated that in six months totaled $ 103 million thousand.

This represents 20.6% more than the first half of last year, when tourism spending was 9.1745 billion dollars.

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

Opposite has occurred with the arrival of cruise ship passengers fell 22.8%, because two boats took to Panama on your itinerary.

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