Tourism

Tourism: the future of Colón

De izquierda a derecha: H.D Miguel Salas, Diputado en la Asamblea Nacional de Panamá; Licda. Lizbeth de Ramsey, Directora Ejecutiva de APEDE; Licda. Nadgee Bonilla, Directora de Inversión Turística de ATP; Sra. Dagmar de Álvarez, Presidenta de APEDE; S.E. Mario Etchelecu, Ministro de Vivienda; Sra. Carmen Pinky Van Der Hans, Secretaria de FOTUR y Sr. Moisés Véliz, Presidente de APOTUR

On Friday, July 17, the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDE) hosted the Tourism Forum (FOTUR) in Colón to discuss strategies to drive economic development of the city and province.

Under the banner, “Tourism: engine for the transformation and development of the province of Colon”, the event enjoyed participation of well-known public and private figures, who discussed how the travel industry can drive needed economic development for Panama’s Caribbean coast.

Varela’s Urban Renewal Plan for [...]

Panama moves to attract the cruise ship market

La Autoridad de Turismo de Panamá (ATP) espera recibir más de 100 cruceros en la actual temporada de cruceros

Reviving the Colón Free Port Law

The plan to turn the city of Colón into a free port, which emerged 23 years ago, will finally become a reality. A key component of the initiative launched by the administration of President Varela, the plan to extend the free trade zone to include 16 blocks of Colón city, is a strategic move to attract the cruise ship market, whose travelers can benefit from duty-free shopping.

This plan [...]

Experts warn of poor infrastructure in emerging cruise ports

Experts warn of poor infrastructure in emerging cruise ports

The lack of infrastructure, high operating costs and complex bureaucracy, among other factors, in attractive areas of Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, are highly detrimental to the launch of cruise tourism.

This was stated at the conference “Development of port infrastructure in emerging markets”, within the thirty-first Cruise Shipping Fair of Miami, in which managers of shipping and port terminal executives exchanged their views.

”Infrastructure in the port terminals, such as in Santos, Rio [...]

Tocumen airport gets high rating

De izquierda a derecha: Director General de IATA, Tony Tyler; Director General del Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocúmen, Joseph Fidanque III; Ministro de Turismo de Panamá, Jesús Sierra; Director General del Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Alfredo Fonseca; Vicepresidente regional para Las Américas IATA, Peter Cerda

At a press conference in Panama focusing on the tourism and aviation industry, Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), referred to the advantages in Panama for the expansion of the Tocumen air terminal, describing it as one of the best airports in the world and a model for the aviation world. Present at the conference were David Hernandez, IATA Area Manager for Central America; Peter Cerda, IATA Regional Vice President of [...]

700K people have visited AIG Street View Panama

Una captura de pantalla del puente Centenario desde el portal de AIG

Virtual tours of Panama are now easily accessible from your smart phone, tablet or computer. An estimated 700,000 people have already visited AIG Street View Panama, a website that allows visitors to take online tours of the country, said the National Authority on Government Innovation (AIG). The site is accessed at: “311panama.maps.arcgis.com” where the “AIG Street View” link is located.

Engineer Anabel de Tapia, Director of Architecture Technology of AIG, indicated that the website contains [...]

Tocumen attracts major brands

Starbucks and Juan Valdez, of Colombia, are just two of the companies interested in participating in tenders for commercial areas at Tocumen International Airport.

The specifications for the procurement of 15 of the 40 areas available at Tocumen will be announced in the coming weeks and the duration of the concessions is estimated to be between five and 10 years.

Starbucks has shown interest in participating in bids being made by Tocumen SA, specifically for [...]

Growth of Las Perlas lies in a reliable ferry service

Sea Las Perlas

As the builder of 14 commercial passenger ferries and day charter vessels, Sonny Eymann knows a thing or two about what it takes to provide reliable passenger service to meet the expectations of visitors, Pearl Island residents and business owners.

“Until we started the ferry service to Las Perlas, there was no reliable transportation between Panama City and the Pearl Islands,” said Eymann. “There were multiple commercial airline flights to Contadora, but a plane scheduled [...]