Contributed by: Don WinnerAbout 66% of the hotel rooms in the country are occupied. Panama's tourism industry recovered its growth in the first half of 2010. This is made clear from statistics provided by the Tourism Authority of Panama. According to this data, there has been an increase of 26,588 additional visitors, or an increase of 4.3%, compared to the same period last year in which a total of 649.257 tourists visited Panama. Similarly, this rise in the number of visitors is also reflected in the rates of hotel room occupancy, which had a substantial, rally, because the occupancy rate is 66% of the total number of hotel rooms available in the country - 872,780 rooms. In Panama, the hotels are divided into: Group 1: this refers to those with more than 100 rooms and / or special services (such as the Plaza Paitilla, Riande Continental, and Miramar Intercontinental, among others) and Group 2: referred to Hotels with fewer than 100 rooms and / or special services (such as the Aramo, Hotel Eurpoa, California, etc.) Panama has 557,794 hotel rooms in Group 1 - of these, 74.8% were occupied. There are also 314,986 rooms in Group 2 - of which 50.3% are occupied. The Panamanian Association of Hotels thinks this increase will be maintained through the end of the year. (El Siglo)
Editor's Comment: Do these numbers sound off to you? Are there really a total of 872,780 hotel rooms in Panama? I guess that's possible, but it sounds like a high number.