(prensa.com) Panama expects to attract an estimated 1.7 million foreign tourists this year, according to a statement issued yesterday, Tuesday, by Salomón Shamah, Administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP).
The tourist flow will increase by approximately 150,000 visitors as compared to 2009, said the official. “Panama is hot,” he continued, noting that tourism income surged 16.6 percent compared with 2009 figures.
Tourism in the first nine months of this year generated nearly $246 million in Panama. ATP data revealed that Canadian tourist arrivals this year rose 60 percent, with tourist visits from the United States rising 14 percent, and those from Ecuador increasing by 20 percent.