Tourists Entering Panama Through Tocumen Airport Up By 13%
Friday, December 21 2012 @ 05:15 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
The figures indicate more than 1.1 million people entered Panama through the airport between January through November 2011, and this year that number increased to more than 1.3 million.
According to figures provided by the ATP, of this total number of visitors who entered the country through the Tocumen International Airport, 47.6% are from South America, followed by 28.3% from North America, and 9.8% from Europe.
Meanwhile, Central America represents 8.5%, Asia 2.5%, and the Caribbean 2.5%.
According to the ATP, the results of this period show that international tourist arrivals to the country continue to increase, even from distant regions like Oceania and Asia. From Europe there is an increase in arrivals from the Spanish, Swiss, French and Germans.
The ATP Administrator Solomon Shamah said the growth trend of visitors through the Tocumen International Airport remains at 15 percent, and those numbers will grow as the project to expand the airport is finished.
Currently there is a master plan for the expansion of the airport terminal, and the construction of the new South Concourse has already been completed, said the information provided by the ATP. (Estrella)
Editor's Comment: The tourism industry in Panama continues to grow steadily, and everyone involved in this sector is doing well. The one area that's been hurt somewhat is hotels, because of the number of new hotel rooms that have been built and delivered in recent years. In the short term occupancy rates are dropping, but this also means competition is rising between hotels so rates will come down for some.