Panama raises its commitment to business tourism

They announce the creation of two new convention centers, in the interior, in the cities of David and Chitré; which will be added to the capital offer: Atlapa and Amador, which will be released in March 2016.

Given the boom and tourism development that Panama is having, the cities of David, in the province of Chiriquí, and Chitré, in the province of Herrera, will have their own convention centers.

These projects are a joint initiative of the private and public sectors, which seeks to build infrastructure to host national and international events with a capacity of about 3,000 people, a style very similar to the Atlapa Convention Center , said the Minister of Tourism Authority ( ATP), Jesus Sierra.

To this offer must be added that of Amador, which has suffered several delays and that finally seems to be ready in March 2016.

Initiative of the convention center

The initiative of the convention center in Chiriquí was presented by authorities of the Technological University of Panama (UTP) in Chiriquí, led by the rector Óscar Ramírez, who indicated that it is designed as a modern structure that would allow the realization of cultural events, congresses, seminars and others of international stature. In addition, it would generate opportunities for the real estate sector, automobile exhibitions, it will also encourage art and culture in the population that will contribute to promoting the province of Chiriquí as an increasingly complete tourist destination, Sierra said.

Chiriquí presents an accommodation offer of 2,249 rooms and since February it has an international connectivity to 32 countries to which it flies, Copa Airlines and with direct flights from Panama City to David with an additional 14 weekly frequencies at 10 frequencies of the Air Panama airline.

The investment required to complete this center is around US $ 30 million and to achieve it, it is necessary to integrate state, municipal, private company funds, international organizations and the Chilean community.

The area destined for the project is part of the 10 hectares owned by the UTP at David’s headquarters.

It is contemplated that the project offers a wide area of parking lots, exhibition halls, galleries and an auditorium with stands for 1,500 spectators.

Sierra also reported that there are plans to build a convention center also in Chitré. Although the proposal is more incipient, because it is in the period of land selection.

The minister explained that three lands are being evaluated where the new work will be built.

The location of this new convention center in Chitré is due to the great commercial boom that has had this region that already has shopping centers and several hotels such as Cubitá, which has its meeting center, and the Hotel de Azuero, which has its own center of conventions to house about 800 people, said Sierra.

Chitré is located almost in the center of the country, in central provinces, near the beach hotels on the Pacific side.

Between the province of Herrera, Los Santos and Veraguas, there is an offer of about 1,681 rooms available, according to official data.

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