Panama Travel Mart made 430 appointments during CONATUR 2021
“The business round was a total success and that translates into money that is going to enter the economy; international buyers were delighted with the products they saw in Panama”, stated the president of CAMTUR, Ernesto Orillac
In the first edition of the Panama Travel Mart held within the framework of the fifth National Tourism Convention 2021 (CONATUR), organized by the National Chamber of Tourism (CAMTUR), with the support of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), the 430 previously scheduled appointments between buyers and sellers of tourism products, in two days of the fair event, in the capital city.
About 40 participants between tour operators and MICE companies (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) from 11 countries in North, Central and South America arrived in the national territory a few days before the start of CONATUR, with the purpose of knowing the main destinations of the capital city and the interior of the country.
In the province of Chiriquí they made tours in the Highlands, the hanging bridges, the Barú Volcano and the Drácula farm; In the Pacific Riviera they got to know its spectacular beaches and attended a mixology workshop and those who attended the Panama al Natural tour visited the Canal, the Old Town, shared with the Embera indigenous community, tasted the country's typical gastronomy and attended the malls.
They also moved to the modern facilities of the Panama Convention Center (PCC), where this month the congress of the Florida and Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) will be held, which will bring together senior executives from this industry and is listed as the first event that will house this monumental structure, located on the banks of the Canal
“The business round was a total success and that translates into money that is going to enter the economy; they — international buyers — were delighted with the products they saw in Panama, "said the president of CAMTUR, Ernesto Orillac.
The businessman remarked that CONATUR and Panama Travel Mart had a lot of exposure, since in addition to the local press, important media from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Colombia and National Geographic of Latin America covered these events, which disseminated Panamanian tourism products.
“This has been advantageous for Panama because it has developed at a time when restrictions are being lifted due to the pandemic and the development of products such as Vacutur, Panama Black Week and the tourist voucher, activities that seek to boost internal tourism, attract the arrival of international tourists and reactivate the battered economy, "Orillac stressed, at the same time adding that" now it is up to the sector to organize the products and improve them. "
The administrator of the ATP, Iván Eskildsen, for his part, indicated that the future that is coming for tourism is different and that those who manage to capture and develop it will be the most successful destinations. "Let's launch into that more inclusive destination, with a better distribution of wealth, but above all more prosperous for everyone."
CONATUR was held from September 29 to 30 with exhibitions on topics inherent to the industry such as: "Air connectivity at the international and national level"; "The positioning of regional airports, an urgent need"; "Financing options for the tourism sector"; "Adapting the tourism offer in Panama to new market trends"; and "International events as triggers in the reactivation of tourism".
These issues were debated in three working groups, in which ATP collaborators, owners of travel agencies, hotels, airlines, restaurants, tour operators, tourist guides participated, among other unions interested in reactivating their economies, after the forceful blow to the economy caused by the global respiratory pandemic.
The results of CONATUR 2021, which include the recommendations made by the industry sector and the different entities that are part of it, will be delivered in the coming days to the ATP, so that they are included in the work plan that it executes. at the moment the institution together with the private sector.