The ninth International Tourism Expo 2018 "exceeded organizers’ expectations”, because 1,992 business contacts were achieved including more than 8,000 visitors "interested in tourism in Panama and the region," reported the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP).
The source said in a statement that at first it was expected "1,000 business appointments", but the result was almost double, while the more than 8,000 visitors were achieved in the two days of the meeting, closed today at the center of Atlapa conventions of the Panamanian capital.
The event brought together 250 wholesale buyers from 9 countries, surpassing the previous eight editions, which came from Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
The International Tourism Expo 2018 "featured 143 exhibition modules, arranged in more than 3,200 square meters in the ATLAPA Convention Center, which housed different companies, most of which are engaged in the MICE segment, incentives, congresses, conventions and corporate and group events".
These modules came from Bolivia, Colombia, China, Cuba, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Turkey.
The wholesale buyers who participated in the fair came from Germany, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador and the United Arab Emirates ( Dubai).
In addition to, Spain, United States, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, India, England, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay.
"It has been a historic and satisfactory year for the Organizing Committee; we were able to present Panama to more than 250 buyers who now return to their countries to sell the destination as an option for their events, meetings or vacations," said the president of Expo 2018 , José Rodolfo de la Guardia.
He announced that the 2019 fair will be held from May 24 to 25 next year at the ATLAPA Convention Center.
Since 2010, the CCIAP "in strategic alliance with the National Chamber of Tourism (CAMTUR) and the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) organized Expo Internacional Tourism, which this year was sponsored by Copa Airlines, Albrook Mall and Westland Mall.
The person in charge of the ATP, Gustavo Him, emphasized the support of that institution to the Fair, because it exposes the Central American country "before many buyers from all over the world, opening a range of opportunities for Panamanian companies engaged in tourism to have the possibility of offering their products and services to companies from different countries".
Tourism represents around 10 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of Panama, one of the most dynamic countries in the region, which in 2017 experienced an economic growth of 5.4 percent.