Industry Updates

September 2022

The National Tourism Convention of Panama will be held from October 25 to 26

Under the motto: "Panama Tourism, engine of economic development and communities", the sixth version of the National Tourism Convention (CONATUR) will be held from October 25 to 26

He announced it, this Friday in press conference, the National Chamber of Tourism (CAMTUR) and the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), which have held this important event that brings together the main leaders of the industry sector since 2016.  
This year, the event will feature the participation of the secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, and other international speakers, who will speak about the situation of tourism worldwide and its projections.
The president of CAMTUR, Ovidio Díaz, pointed out that CONATUR's challenge this year is to integrate the entire sector, so that they have the opportunity in this showcase to present their projects and products. "Tourism is going to position itself as the great national industry that will help reactivate the economy and give Panamanians linked to the sector the opportunity to achieve their goals."

For his part, the administrator of the ATP, Iván Eskildsen, assured that the economic recovery efforts are advancing positively for the industry.

Eskildsen explained that the Comptroller General of the Republic reported four times more visitors than last year, a figure very close to the visitor levels of 2019. He added that by January 2022 the country was 45% different from the number of post-pandemic visitors (2019), but indicated that this difference has been significantly reduced, since by June 2022 we are 15% away from reaching the tourist arrival levels of 2019.

He stated that in figures this means that as of June 2022 we have a report of 800 thousand visitors who have entered and it is estimated that 1.8 million tourist arrivals will arrive at the end of the year.

Ernesto Orillas, president of CONATUR, indicated that Panama is a highly diverse destination with impressive biodiversity, which should become the great tourist destination of the world region in the coming years.

The academic agenda is focused on how companies manage to take advantage of what is being developed with the Sustainable Tourism Master Plan for their companies and how communities are integrated into this effort, to continue building Panama as a world-class sustainable tourism destination. “We are achieving very good results in terms of economic recovery, to ensure that these tourists think of Panama

During the meeting, workshops, conferences, round tables will be held, where topics such as: "Importance of the tour guide", "Adventure tourism and reinforcement of the Master Plan for Sustainable Tourism (PMTS), with an effort to rescue companies and On October 26, the National Tourism Summit will be held, where the main government and private sector actors will be convened to address relevant issues in the sector.These conferences will be open to universities, with academic curricula in tourism, as well as to outstanding directors and students from each house of study.

CONATUR is aimed at collaborators and owners of travel agencies, hotels, airlines, restaurants, tour operators, tour guides, among other unions linked to the sector.   

The National Chamber of Tourism of Panama (CAMTUR) is an institution that is made up of companies and providers of private tourism services, legally constituted with the purpose of guiding and coordinating efforts aimed at the development and promotion of all aspects concerning tourism as an economic activity. and cultural, as well as carry out programs to promote or encourage tourism, among other activities.

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We’ll help you with everything: from classical city sightseeing to special interest behind-the-scene experiences, from Recreation Activities & Adventures to relaxing shopping tours.

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We provide the following services for Groups & Individual guests arriving to Panama by Cruise ships:


Main focus is on customer satisfaction. Our goal is to follow upcoming trends and developments on the market to remain sensitive to the needs of our beloved guests. We constantly train our tour guides to satisfy growing demand of larger cruise ships. 

        • Guides: our guides are professionally trained, experienced, hospitable and well groomed. We are able to provide a large number of professional multi-lingual guides on both ports – Bfuerte Amador and Colon. English, German, Portuguese, Russian and other lang8uanges are available.
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