Atlapa Convention Center
Up until now, Atlapa has been the venue for the biggest congresses and conventions that have taken place in Panama, given its large capacity for attendees and furniture. The balcony view of a theater like Anayansi has allowed audiences to enjoy innumerable galas and concerts, such as the 20-30 Telethon that has annually used these facilities. However, Panama is growing at an incredible speed, which has brought us to decide to further expand and give the world a new convention center. The larger building, with better facilities and improved services, will hold up to 20,000 people, in order to meet the growing demand that is projected for the coming years.
A New Convention Center:
Through the construction of a grand new convention center, which will be several times the size of Atlapa and will multiply the tax benefits paid by the government of the United States to permit their companies to hold meetings and conventions in our country, we anticipate that we will become the center of international events in Latin America. In order to compete with the major players and a growing number of regional competitors, Panama will have to overcome several aspects that inhibit its competitiveness.
Panama's strategic geographical position and image as a business destination should be marketed to consolidate it as the main convention and business center in Latin America, taking advantage of the presence of Latin American companies in Panama and nearby markets for the development of these events and seeking to obtain a massive volume with a strong emphasis on attracting high quality visitors.
In this regard, the development of a new world-class convention, event and exhibition center that the national government is promoting will capitalize on the Panama Canal expansion and the opening of the Biodiversity Museum designed by Frank Gehry as an overarching means to achieve a massive volume of high quality foreign visitors from all international markets that stay in the country an average of 3-4 days. By developing competitive attractions that complement the main products, in areas such as historical and cultural heritage, sites such as the Amador Causeway (an area of tourism and urban entertainment) will receive added value, simultaneously boosting the business of local small tourism entrepreneurs and alternative operations.
Located on the east side of the Miraflores Locks, the Miraflores Visitor Center is the ideal place to observe canal operations. From large balconies, visitors can watch as the lock gates are opened and closed for ships to start or complete their journey through the Panama Canal.
Guna Yala is a comarca, or indigenous territory, in Panama inhabited by the Guna ethnic group. Its capital is El Porvenir. It borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, the province of Darién and the Emberá- Wounnan indigenous territory to the south, Colombia to the east, and the province of Colón to the west.
Guna Yala in the Guna language means "Guna Land" or "Guna Mountain." The area was known as San Blas up until 1982, then later as Kuna Yala. The name was changed again in October 2011 when the Guna people asserted that the letter "K" is not pronounced in their native language and Kuna was switched to Guna. The official name for the region is now Guna Yala.
In Panama you will find plenty of surprises around every corner. One may be witnessing a woman wearing our traditional outfit called la pollera, a fashion legacy brought by the conquistadors. This dress, accompanied by elaborate accessories, is considered one of the most finely-sewn and beautiful costumes in the world.
The Coastal Strip of Panama City is a place to enjoy green areas without leaving the metropolis. The strip covers over 35 hectares, 16 of which are completely devoted to green spaces.
Colón Island is named after the discoverer of the Americas, Christopher Columbus, who sailed these waters on his fourth and final voyage in 1502. Located northwest of Panama City and bordering Costa Rica, Colón Island is the capital of Bocas del Toro and the fourth largest island in the country. Off these beautiful beaches, the water is crystal-clear for snorkeling and diving and generates some of the best waves for surfing in the country.
Tourism in Panama is growing every year, with the majority of the visitors arriving from South America, North America, and Europe.
Drawn to the beaches, vegetation, and historical sites like Panama City's Old Town, one of the most visited places, thousands of tourists come to the country and leave behind revenues for the Panamanian economy.
The International Tourism Fair (FIT) is the most anticipated business meeting in Latin America on world tourism. The event venue of La Rural, the fairgrounds of Buenos Aires, Argentina, annually opens its doors to more than 1,700 exhibitors from 45 countries with a shared goal: the unstoppable expansion of the tourism industry across the world.