This extraordinary figure drove the total visitor arrivals from January to October up to a 5.2% growth. In these ten months, a total of 1,762,819 visitors have come to Panama, making for very good year-end statistics in tourism, according to the Panama Tourism Authority.
Cruise ports also noted a rise in passenger traffic, leading to 12.64% growth. A total of 265,586 passengers disembarked from these tourist ships. Another 136,523 tourists entered Panama overland at the Paso Canoas border crossing in Chiriquí, a 2.83% increase. Visitor arrivals is expected to grow by 5-7% by the end of 2013.
Panama stands out as a destination that offers a combination of opportunities for sun and sand, ecotourism, shopping, and business, all close by the vibrant and modern Panama City, located right on the banks of the Panama Canal, one of the engineering wonders of the world.