APEDE launches 18th tourism forum FOTUR 2014

The Tourism Commission of the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDE) announces the 18th Tourism Forum FOTUR 2014, which will be themed "Tourism in the Provinces: Realities and Challenges" and held from July 17 to 19 in Chiriquí. 

The meeting aims to provide the tools necessary for the tourism sector, in collaboration with state authorities, to make a difference in the economic reality of Panama, more specifically in the province of Chiriquí.

Attendees of the 2014 event include representatives of the public sector and of international organizations such as CAF (Development Bank of Latin America), the Panamanian Association of Hotels (APATEL), the Boquete and David Chambers of Commerce, and the Association of Small Hotels, as well as technicians and specialists. These participants will share their vision of development for this important sector of the Panamanian economy and its impact on the region, and given this scenario identify the opportunities that Panama has within the Visión País 2025 document that outlines a plan for growth in the business sector.

FOTUR 2014 is geared towards business students as well as executives, political leaders, and tourism officials who will be able to obtain valuable information on the current status of this dynamic sector and its potential for the future.

Topics for discussion at the gathering are business and investment opportunities, administration of tourist destinations, decentralization of tourist destinations versus local governments, basic infrastructure to develop tourism, equal access to financing, sustainability of the tourism industry, efficiency and adequacy of ports and customs, and creating a Center for Competitiveness in Chiriquí.

The President of the Forum's Organizing Committee, Donaldo Estrada, reported that the event is open to the public, and students will have access to talks and guided tours of tourist areas for a fee of $25 per person.

The announcement of FOTUR 2014 was given by APEDE President Fernando Aramburú, who stressed the importance of activities like this for the sector's growth, Moises Véliz, President of the Tourism Commission, and Donaldo Estrada.

Source: Caribbean News Digital Panama