January Occupancy in Panama Hotel Sector was more than 68%

The official first month report of "revenue generated by tourism" is out.

According to a report issued by the Comptroller General of the Republic, in January this year, 68.5% of hotel rooms available in the country were occupied.

This figure is the highest in the last four years, in comparison, the same month of January from 2007 to date.

Additionally, the official report indicates that during the first 31 days of this year  143 thousand tourists arrived to Panama, representing an increase of 13.8% compared to same period last year.

These visitors made a total expenditure of approximately U.S. $ 160.2 million, 4% more than in 2010.

The increase in these figures due to a combination of factors.

"First the congress and convention tourism has begun to take over the promotion which was launched at the international level, "free offers" by Atlapa," said Sarah Brown, president of the Panamanian Association of Hotels.

Another factor behind these increases is in passengers coming to the country to use the cruise ships sail from Columbus, said the representative of the hotel.

Traditionally in Panama, the first months of the year, because it is the summer season are the highest occupancy in the year and has the highest  profitability.
 
Source: Prensa.com
Author: Angel López Guide
Translation: Antonio Khatemi

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