Yesterday the new season of cruises through the Panama Canal was officially inaugurated by Celebrity Millennium, the first of more than 200 ships to cross the waterway, offering passengers the added attraction of seeing the Canal during its centennial celebration.
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.
Panama is the pearl of the tropics. Although Panama is recognized the world over for its shipping canal, the country is much less known for its tourism wealth. As the isthmus that bridges the North American continent to the South, this tiny country is a study of unity amid juxtapositions. Not far from the urban jungle, with all the bubbling modernity of the capital city, one can find still-virgin rain forests of exuberant vegetation. The dream-like islands and beaches fringed by warm sea, thick jungle growth, sanctuaries for tropical fauna, and indigenous cultures with their traditions intact are other features that lure even the most hard-to-please travelers.