Shamah noted that the modern Tocumen Airport receives 1,174 flights weekly from around the world: 609 from South America, 245 from the United States and 17 from Europe. It is worth mentioning that tourists from 119 countries do not need a visa to enter Panama. "Tocumen will become the world's 6th most important hub. By 2016 it will have 18 ports and receive 54 million passengers annually," Shamah stated. With the international airports of Colón, Río Hato, David, and Howard, Panama will open its doors to greater air connectivity.
Both tourists and the economy will benefit from improved road infrastructure, including superhighways connecting Divisa-Las Tablas and David-Boquete, the four-lane Pan American Highway where drivers can reach speeds of 80-100 km, and an expansion on the Santiago-David road. The highway leading from Cuango to Sta. Isabel will pave the way for many investment opportunities on the Caribbean coast. Decameron has already issued a tender to begin to build this road and plans to invest over $30 million in a new resort in the region.
In additionally important infrastructure, Panama has the second largest duty-free zone in the world, 100 international banks, and 300 world-famous hotel brands. Ernesto Orillac, Deputy General Manager of the ATP, stresses that the country brand Panama The Way integrates various products that have bolstered the Panamanian economy and allowed the country to reach such a high degree of competitiveness in tourism. These include the new 53,000 square-meter Amador Convention Center, Gehry Museum, indigenous groups, the Panama Canal and its Miraflores visitor center that receives more than 780,000 visitors annually, folklore, gastronomy, and health insurance for tourists.
Panama is the way for those who seek a safe and very diverse destination. With this discovery, tourism has increased by 40% in recent years, from 1.5 million visitors in 2008 to 2.2 million in 2012. Tourism spending shot up by 95.6%, up to $4.300 billion from $2.200 billion. In its analysis of competitiveness, the World Economic Forum, an international organism thatmeasures economic and social development, compared the advantages of the countries in the Americas. Panama's strong tourism helped earn the country a great ranking of 4th in this list of competitiveness.