FITUR draws much interest in the Canal, its expansion, and tourism in Panama

"News in Spain on the Panama Canal expansion have attracted much attention on aspects of Panama as a tourist destination," declared Ernesto Orillac, Deputy General Manager of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) in their pavilion at the FITUR Fair in Madrid, Spain.

Reporters from the radio programs Antena 3 and Radio Nacional de España, television channels TV Española and TV Madrid, and the newspapers 7 Días and El País have approached and interviewed Orillac.

"We have a very good relationship with Spain and its companies, and we hope to reach an agreement between the companies working on the expansion and the Panama Canal Authority, following the stipulations of the contracts signed," added the Panamanian official.

As for the opinion of the visitors and reporters at the fair, the ATP Vice Minister commented, "The reports have turned positive: everyone wants to know about the events in celebration of the Canal's 100th anniversary and the seven daily flights KLM has to Panama, and they are surprised to hear of Air France's three new flights from Paris to Tocumen and Iberia's four flights from their Barajas airport to Panama City."

Panama operates a grand pavilion at FITUR, located at the entrance to the Americas section and recognizable with its symbol of a colorful butterfly on a black background. The stand measures​​296 square meters, with an additional 36 square-meter upper floor. Twenty Panamanian companies are working at this booth during the tourist fair.