Canoe man case offers unlikely boosts to tourism in ‘hideaway’ Panama
Saturday, December 26 2009 @ 09:40 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
In a country where the tourism industry has long been dominated by American visitors – a result of historical links to the Panama Canal – new operators have also begun marketing it as a destination for British customers.
Sarah Woods, a freelance journalist and author of the Bradt Travel Guide to Panama, said the case had undoubtedly sparked new interest in the country.
“It has given it a certain notoriety but more than anything it sounded to people likely somewhere incredibly exotic, a type of utopia where you could just disappear on very little money and live the life of Reilly,” she said.
“People have been saying to me ‘Is it really possible that you could have disappeared there? Would it have happened, if they (the Darwins) had not been stupid, could they have disappeared there?’ “There was that curiosity.”
She added: “The book would not have got a second edition if sales had not been good, at the moment the publishing industry is on its knees.
“That is an indication that interest is on the up, and the number of tour companies offering tours is also on the up.”