According to the global travel search engine Skyscanner, Panama is officially a “hot” destination.
The search engine developed a list of the top global travel spots that are attracting the interest of Australians, one of the world’s most dedicated group of travelers. After studying search data and a wide variety of factors, Panama was ranked in the top 10, along with Mynamar, Seoul, Sri Lanka and other global destinations.
The site specifically noted improvements in infrastructure and an increased frequency of flights from Europe and North America, as key factors making Panama a more attractive destination. The site also noted the increase in hotels, a trend we’ve been closely following here at Punta Pacifica Realty.
It’s interesting to note that Australians are expanding their horizons, a phenomenon we’re seeing here in Punta Pacifica. It’s not simply a property market for North America and Latin America any more. We’re seeing more and more international buyers from far-flung locales, which has helped grow our experience and knowledge base of global clients.
Skyscanner handles more than 30 million searches a month, giving it a wealth of data to spot trends. In the last year Panama registered a 10 percent jump in searches from Australia, the site says.
“We have also conducted further research looking at other factors that stimulate interest in a destination, like festivals, new hotels and infrastructure improvements,” Skyscanner’s Dave Boyte said in a statement. “The result is a robust picture of the hottest destinations for Aussies next year and hopefully something to inspire travelers around the country.”
Duncan McGowan is president of Punta Pacifica Realty, a Panama real estate agency focused on Punta Pacifica, the exclusive neighborhood of 18 towers perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.