In 2011, hotel occupancy was 65% in 2012 from 59% in 2013 to 57% in 2014 to 56% in 2015 and culminated in 52%
While the hotels in the city of Panama 79% in 2011 expanded to 2015, in the same period the number of tourists who stayed in hotels increased by 44%.
It was available in 2011 in the city of Panama 5,837 rooms and 10,451 in 2015.
Regarding the occupation of these, in 2011 an average of 3,807 rooms per day and in 2015, a daily average of 5,466 rooms occupied. This is the reason why in recent years, hotel occupancy in the city of Panama has declined consistently.
According to figures from the Comptroller General of the Republic, hotel occupancy dropped 13 percentage points in four years in the Panamanian metropolis. In 2011, hotel occupancy was 65% in 2012 from 59% in 2013 to 57% in 2014 to 56% in 2015 and culminated in 52%.
These results are attributed to factors such as the oversupply of hotels and the appreciation of the dollar against other currencies that have made Panama an ‘expensive’ destination, said the president of the Tourism Commission of the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDA ), Alfredo Motta.
As one of the measures to increase hotel occupancy, according Mota, is the revival of the construction of the convention center in Amador. ‘Although the construction is stopped because the company in charge through a corruption investigation, the government must find a way to culminate the work, “he said.
For the president of the Tourism Commission of Apede, the Government should also think about the construction of an amphitheater to attract more concerts in the country, because although there is Figali, ‘is known to be a galley where there is no noise. “
For his part, President of the Chamber of Tourism of Panama, Antonio Alfaro said that to improve outcomes for hotel occupancy, Panama needs a permanent and not sporadic campaign.
Additionally, Alfaro explained that it is important to advance the construction of the convention center in Amador and ensures an opening date, that allows for events to four thousand or five thousand people.
The president of the Chamber of Tourism of Panama agrees with Mota in the devaluation of the other currencies against the dollar has affected the country, because European and American tourists prefer to turn to cheaper destinations.
Alfaro said to have met with government representatives to discuss the issue of hotel occupancy and are moving very slowly, but they are doing.
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