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Work Moves Forward on Amador Convention Center

Construction has passed the halfway point on the Amador Convention Center, which will be the largest convention center in the region and a huge catalyst to activity on the Amador Causeway.

The $193.7 million center is 53 percent complete, according to an announcement from the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP). The center–which will include 15,000-square-meters of exhibition space, 4,000 square meters of banquet halls, 12,000 square meters of pre-function area and a parking area for 1,715 vehicles and 30 buses—is scheduled to open in 2018, according to news reports.

The new center will have a capacity to handle 25,000 people and should provide a big boost to the local economy, as well as development along the fast-growing Amador Causeway. Not only will the convention center bring visitors and tourists, the business activity will prompt more investment in infrastructure and amenities along the Causeway, which has developed as a top priority for the government.

PPR represents Naos Harbour Island, the premier residential community on Amador. Naos is one of the few projects in Panama City that allows short-term rentals, making it a prime candidate to benefit from increased tourism and business along the Causeway.

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Current work on the convention center is focused on concrete structures, steel decks, a mezzanine sidewalk, masonry and the above-ground floors, according to news reports. In the next few months construction is expected to start on the external infrastructure and the curtain wall.

The work is being carried out by CCA-Cocige, SA, a joint operation between Panama and China. (And yet another example of the growing relationship between Panama and China.)

ATP is also looking for an operator for the center, said Gustavo Him, administrator of the ATP. He said ATP is looking for an operating company “with great experience in marketing that guarantees us that there are conventions and congresses every month,” according to coverage in Telemetro.

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Brian Kelly is an expat living in Panama and father of one.  He is Project Manager of one of the most beautiful projects on Amador, the Naos Harbour Island Residences, and Marina. Click for more information: http://www.puntapacificarealty.com/naos-island/