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Meeting tourism generates USD 85 million for the Panamanian economy

04 May 2023
Meeting tourism generates USD 85 million for the Panamanian economy

Meeting tourism in Panama has a positive impact, which means socioeconomic development of the country and provides various economic and social benefits such as job creation, economic impact, improvement of the image of the tourist destination, innovation and knowledge exchange, as well Rodolfo Del Valle, General Director of the Panama Convention Center (PCC) stated it.

In the same way, Del Valle, who participated in the panel called: Meeting Tourism and its Impact on the Socioeconomic Development of the Country, mentioned that through meeting tourism, different sectors of the economy in Panama thus contribute to socioeconomic and tourist development. , as it hosts important international events.


"In this sense, at the end of 2022, the Panama Convention Center generated more than 3,702 direct and indirect sources of employment, which left an economic benefit of US$800,000, thus promoting a circle of progress," said Del Valle.


He added that in the first quarter of 2023, 1,739 jobs were generated as a Convention Center, the PCC is a key player in the development of meeting tourism or MICE tourism for its acronym in English, since Panama has been placed before the eyes of the world by being the venue for important international world events.


Meanwhile, Eugenia Powell, Director of Business Development of the Tourism Promotion Fund (PROMTUR) Panama, indicated that due to its importance for the country, the entity has worked strategically, with the aim of attracting international events and congresses to Panama. , through an incentive plan and event recruitment program that in 2022 generated an economic impact for the country, estimated at US$85.4 million.


“This year, Panama will host events such as FIEXPO Latin America, to be held from June 16 to 19, and the World Robotics Olympics, to be held in November. Both events will take place at the PCC, an opportunity to demonstrate, once again, that we are the best destination for meeting tourism in the region”, said Powell.


For her part, Kenelma Mendoza, President of the Panamanian Association of Congress, Exhibition and Related Professionals (APPCE), said that Panama has the tools needed to compete internationally and receive large events that make it an attractive destination. and emerging in the region.


“At APPCE, we bring together the best professionals in the meetings and events industry in Panama. We work hand in hand with PROMTUR and the ATP to position and promote the country internationally”, stated Mendoza. Texts source: