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Panama has improved its position on the 2016 Latin American ranking of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), moving up from position 19 to 10, rising at the world level from position 58 to 51, compared to the 2015 ranking.

The country is undoubtedly strengthening its position as one of the main destinations for MICE activities in the region. According to estimates, between 60 and 100 international-class events take place within our borders each year. Likewise, the private and government sectors are developing and investing resources to create an ideal environment for the MICE industry in Panama, the capital city of which features approximately 20,000 hotel rooms (an additional 12,000 rooms are scattered throughout the nation) –a fact that guarantees a complete and high-quality MICE destination, since many of said properties are part of prestigious hotel chains such as Hilton, Marriott, Wyndham, Starwood, Hyatt Place, Hard Rock, and Riu, among others. It is important to underline that these hotels are equipped with facilities for small and medium-sized meetings in a variety of locations (city, mountain, and beach hotels). Also,3 major convention centers are currently under construction in several parts of the country: the first in Panama City; the second, in the province of Chiriquí, and the third in the Azuero peninsula.

We invite you to learn about and participate in the best events of Panama’s tourism industry and to train yourself and keep current on the latest trends in the organization of congresses, conventions, and related activities.

WHY IS PANAMA A GOOD DESTINATION?

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Panama may be a small country, but it surely has it all: Beaches, mountains, and a vibrant capital city with modern shopping malls, a variety of entertainment and nightlife activities; a long list of superb restaurants, historical sites, and a fascinating world-class attraction: The Panama Canal.

FRIENDLY POLICIES

Panama has implemented a set of friendly immigration policies that demand very few entry visas to foreign nationalities. The U.S. dollar is used as our legal tender –the backbone of the most active financial center in the region. Our country ranks among the safest in Latin America –an indispensable detail when considering where to host your next event.

Diversity of services

The diversification of events in recent years is another reason why Panama is the best destination for your next international meeting. The country offers a modern network of services capable of satisfying the most demanding requirements of any group. Between January and May of 2017, Panama hosted 43 major events, such as Allegran, the Global Hard Rock Conference, the “Rothans, Benson & Hedes National Commercial Conference 2017,” Special Olympics, the US Grain Congress, the IPPA Summit, and the II Congress of Agriculture in Controlled Environments. Said diversity of services is one of the factors for which 25 multinational companies have chosen the country as their regional headquarters in recent years, raising the total number of international firms established in Panama to 146.

AIR CONNECTIVITY AND INCREASING MEETING AND CONVENTION FACILITIES

In recent years, the aerial connectivity of the Isthmus of Panama has become more relevant for the region and the world as a whole, thanks to the creation of the “Hub of the Americas”, one of the most outstanding traits our country exhibits for hosting international meetings and conventions. In 2018, said connectivity was strengthened with the opening of flight services to Asia (China). Also, the quality of our MICE facilities has improved considerably in recent years and will continue to do so with the opening of the Amador Convention Center in early 2019. The country offers an excellent geographic position in the center of the Americas, reducing travel time for meeting participants from around the globe. To date, Panama City is linked to Europe through direct flight services by Lufthansa, Iberia, Air France, KLM, and Turkish Airlines, and to the United States via United, American Airlines, Delta and through Copa Airlines, our flag carrier. Copa –which manages the “Hub of the Americas”—provides direct flights to 80 destinations in North, Central, and South America. Other airlines serving Panama City are Avianca, Air Canada, Conviasa, Aeromexico, Cubana, Avior Airlines, SBA Airlines, Laser Airlines, and Aruba Airlines. AirChina flies between Panama City and Beijing, via the United States.

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