MSC Cruises expands presence in Cuba

MSC Armonia

MSC Cruises has announced that it will strengthen its presence in Cuba, placing a second ship in Havana and using it as a homeport for the northern winter of 2016-2017.

The company says it “continues to meet the increasing demand to know the culture of this Caribbean island. In a plan that will double the number of itineraries that MSC Caribbean focuses on Cuba, and the MSC Armonia will join the MSC Opera in Havana […]

The third largest Spanish airline is flying to Panama

Air Europa llega a Panamá para transportar pasajeros a cruceros

Air Europa, Spain’s third largest airline, started operations on Friday, December 4, with charter flights from Barajas International Airport, Madrid, to Tocumen International Airport, in Panama City. The flights will arrive on Friday at midday and will depart the following Friday at 2 pm. There will be a total of 16 flights until March 2016, with the possibility of becoming a regular frequency, depending on the demand.

This route will take passengers to Colón where […]

President Varela speaks with cruise ship operators

President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez ended his international mission in Miami, where he held meetings with some of the major cruise lines, tourism and port authorities.

The President was accompanied by the administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority, Gustavo Him and the administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, Jorge Barakat.

During a meeting with representatives of the two major cruise lines in the United States, Varela presented the advantages and benefits of a home port […]

Logistics and Tourism at EXPOCOLÓN 2015

The Colón logistics platform and tourist sites will be showcased at the First International Commercial and Logistics Exhibition that will take place at the Melia Panama Canal Hotel from Wednesday, September 16 to Saturday, September 19.

More than 80 exhibitor companies from the Colon Free Zone and complementary services will exhibit their products in more than 1,000 meters of exhibition space.

As part of the event there will be a series of conferences about the […]

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 […]