Panamanian tourism grew 5.6% in 2013

Panama obtained favorable results in the tourism market in 2013. As revealed by the Panama Tourism Authority's (ATP) Statistics Department and the Comptroller General of the Republic, the number of visitors who entered this Central American country from different ports rose to 2,201,854 that year.

The total growth of 5.6% was considered 'very satisfactory' by ATP Deputy General Administrator Ernesto Orillac. "We reached our goal; these figures are aligned with our growth in air connectivity from Europe and North and South America," said Orillac.

We have the highest tourism expenditure in the region. Foreign currencies reflect a $3.3 billion contribution to our economy. Tourist spending has grown by 7.9%, with a real increase of U.S. $241.8 over the year 2012.

The statistical report that compares the number of visitors from 2009 to 2013 shows a 40.9% growth in this sector during this five-year period.