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Panama Reaches 2 Million Tourists in 2011 (First Time, Ever)

Travel & Tourism At least 2 million tourists visited Panama in 2011, generating estimated revenues of more than $2.5 billion dollars, said Panama's Tourism Minister Solomon Shamah. In 2011 "we have reached 2 million visitors," and we could reach 2.1 million by year's end, Shamah told reporters. The income of $2.5 billion dollars places tourism as one of the most important sources of income for Panama, together with the Panama Canal, the Colon Free Trade Zone, and the banking center. "We are 3.3 million people and we seen our two millionth visitor. When did we Panamanians ever think we were going to see that?" said the official. Shamah said the figure of 2 million visitors per year was a goal established by the government of Ricardo Martinelli which they had hoped to achieve by 2014, his last year in office. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Yup, tourists are great. They come here, look around, spend money, buy some stuff, eat at the restaurants, and leave. We love tourists. Now, if only the government of Panama would WTFU and start doing some things to help tourism. Like - putting a stop to the corrupt cops who continue to suck bribes out of tourists on the Inter American Highway with a radar gun and a threat of a huge fine. I received another email about that same thing just today. Whatever. Maybe getting pulled over by a corrupt cop in a third world country is part of the "charm." Honestly, it's hard for me to see some of the stuff that needs to be fixed (from a tourist point of view) because I've been here for so long. OK you sun baked partially dehydrated rental car warriors from Oshkosh ... what should Panama do to make the country more tourist friendly, to attract even more billions of dollars to the local economy? Comments down below, pur flavor...

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Panama Reaches 2 Million Tourists in 2011 (First Time, Ever)
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 29 2011 @ 11:01 AM UTC

ATP needs to control the pandilleros that hang around and extort tourists at the boat taxi port in Almirante. Talk about a tourism turn off - I'd feel safer in Mogadishu.

Panama Reaches 2 Million Tourists in 2011 (First Time, Ever)
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 29 2011 @ 01:58 PM UTC

As long as they have women like the one in that picture, they don't need to do a thing.

Panama Reaches 2 Million Tourists in 2011 (First Time, Ever)
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 29 2011 @ 03:21 PM UTC

Taxis need to be more tourist friendly. Pleading with a taxi driver in a foreign language to be taken to a vaguely defined location at a negotiated price smells of being taken advantage of. Lack of street names and street address numbers doesn't help. A reliable tourist map would be helpful.

Panama Reaches 2 Million Tourists in 2011 (First Time, Ever)
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 29 2011 @ 04:44 PM UTC

Ok, now we have heard the good part about Tourists
visiting Panama, now let's hear about the robberies,
the using of, and overinflated prices given to the
tourists that came here in 2011.