Central America Aims for Conventions Tourism

Tourism businessmen created the Central America Bureu to promote the region as a business tourism destination.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Roberto Robles, director of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (Inguat), explained that CAB will ‘simplify, foster and promote the regional integration of policies and activities to strengthen this industry’.

“CAB represents the union of Central American efforts to promote the region as a preferential business destination in the world”, reported Laprensagrafica.com.

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The Competition for Convention Tourism

May 2012

The countries of the region are compete for organizing events and conferences whose participants spend on average $1,200 per day.

Panama, Colombia and Costa Rica are building new convention centers to be opened in 2014, a major effort that aims to achieve a good slice of the cake that is convention tourism.

El Salvador: Conventions Tourism Not Exploited

September 2009

The country has potential to become a destination for regional and international conventions.

This was stated by Julio César Urban, from the International Association of Congresses and Conventions (ICCA), adding that the Government should foster this type of tourism, as it is a big spender.

Conventions Fuel Tourism in Panama

June 2013

On average, each person attending a convention injects $300 per day into the Panamanian economy, for accommodation, shopping, food and transport.

According to the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), since the beginning of last year up until now there have been approximately 200 conferences in the country. The conventions in 2012 alone generated for the country between $45 and $50 million in foreign exchange.

International Conventions Boost Hotel Business

May 2013

The act of holding conventions in Panama has intensified areas such as transportation, lodging and shopping, and its contribution to GDP is projected for this year at $32 million.

According to the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), the IX World Congress and celebration of 50th anniversary of the World Missionary Movement's work, held at the Figali Convention Center, generated 20,000 room nights and provided $5 million.

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