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Panama Is The Top Travel Destination For Costa Rican Tourists

Travel & Tourism By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - An article appearing on the Inside Costa Rica website today says the majority of Costa Rican tourists selected Panama as their travel destination. According to the article, "Of the 717,000 Costa Ricas who left the country last year, many headed for Panama, according to the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) and the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (immigration service). The figures show that 208,400 or 30% headed south to Panama." See the full article at: Panama Top Destination For Costa Ricans

Tourism in Panama Continues To Grow: Last year Panama saw more than 2 million tourists for the first time. Panama's tourism authorities continue to work to attract new visitors from every conceivable market. And the Panama tourism market will also be getting a big boost this year, thanks to a recent change implemented by the IRS. See: US Companies Can Now Write Off Expenses For Conventions and Seminars Held In Panama (IRS). And it's somewhat ironic that Costa Rican citizens are coming to Panama as tourists, because the two countries basically compete as relatively similar destinations for international tourists. Tourism in Costa Rica has traditionally been much more developed than in Panama, a trend which is changing. And if Costa Ricans are coming to Panama as tourists, then what does that tell you?

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Panama Is The Top Travel Destination For Costa Rican Tourists
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 04 2012 @ 12:47 PM EDT

I'd be willing to bet that at least half of those 'tourists' are coming across the Paso Canoa frontier to go to David to shop. Ticos get a $500 annual duty free allow to go to their free zone in Golfito, and many prices at the Price Smart in David are than the FZ prices and the selection may be better too.

Panama Is The Top Travel Destination For Costa Rican Tourists
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 04 2012 @ 05:12 PM EDT

It is very common to see at LOS PUEBLOS MALL in Panama City 2 or 3 big buses from Costa Rica. They organize "shopping tours" to Panama and go to some malls and buys a lot of things from clothing to electronics.