In statements to Prensa Latina, the administrator of the Tourism Authority (ATP), Iván Eskildsen, specified that before the end of 2022 they expect to receive 1.8 million travelers and ratify the isthmus as a meeting point, which is evidenced in this two-day exchange between operators and industry providers worldwide.
Eskildsen added that as part of the Sustainable Tourism Master Plan, a strategy that encourages the promotion of this diversity of nature and culture, the perspective is to exceed the pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels.
Namely, the disease caused the Gross Domestic Product to fall by 17.9 percent in 2020, the year in which the isthmus received 70 percent fewer travelers than in 2019, when some 2.4 million hikers arrived in the country.
The trend, he said, is towards recovery and as of last June, more than 860,000 visitors had arrived, but if it is compared month by month in relation to 2019, the distances are reducing and that is thanks to events like this one, he specified.
In that direction, he added, a great contribution has been the so-called tourism of meetings and events, and being able to count on a modern Convention Center in the capital city of Amador, which to date already has more than 52 thousand people who have traveled to participate in exchanges of all kinds and another 19 thousand are expected until the end of the year.
Other institutions not belonging to tourism, he indicated, coordinate specialized events and could add another nine thousand participants to meet on the isthmus.
For his part, the director of the Tourism Promotion Fund (Promtur), Fernando Fondevila, also explained to this news outlet that Travel LatinAmerica 2022 managed to bring together 250 tour operators, wholesalers, meeting planners and incentive companies from the United States, Canada , Europe and Latin America.
He specified that from the destination marketing organization and the Panama lives for More campaign, work is being done to attract the main international events to the Isthmian country, as a way to continue positioning it as a benchmark.
For the event, according to the organizing committee of Travel LatinAmerica chaired by Marcos Cuevas, more than two thousand meetings of various kinds were scheduled with an estimated more than three million dollars in business opportunities.
Participants are expected to discuss existing contracts, develop new contacts and products, and fill last-minute travel vacancies.
The director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism, Ana Carolina García, told Prensa Latina that she will hold more than 20 business meetings and praised the possibility given by Panama, after two years of restrictions due to the pandemic, of this face-to-face meeting with its traditional clients. and explore other potentials.