In the News from Panama

Amador Convention Center Due to Finish in October

by Brian Kelly

The much-anticipated Amador Convention Center should be ready in October, in time for a visit by Chinese premier Xi Jinping, Panama, Panama Tourism Authority chief Gustavo Him said this week.

This is huge news for the Amador Causeway and Panama tourism, in general. The Convention Center will be the largest in the country and attract business people from around the world and solidify Amador’s new role as a Panama tourist destination.

PPR exclusively represents the Naos Harbour Island Residences and Marina, one of the Amador projects set to reap the benefits of the new convention center. Naos is one of the few projects in Panama City that allows short-term rentals.

In an interview with El Capital Financiero, Him said the agency is “fine-tuning” when the convention center will officially open, but it should start accepting conventions in 2019. He also said Atlapa, the current convention center, which currently operates at “maximum capacity,” will likely be transformed into more of a “cultural center.”

Him also said that $8 million of a new $20 million tourism fund would be spent this year, with the remaining $12 million budgeted for 2019.

Next year should be a banner year for Panama tourism, with festivities including the World Youth Day.

Here is the interview with Him (in Spanish):