In order to look into this, consultations are being held with the Ministry of Economy and Finance regarding the feasibility of the initiative. The aim is to promote tourism in other provinces.
"We also want to establish tax incentives for companies who conduct meetings and conventions in Panama, a segment with which the Government hopes to maintain its high hotel occupancy rate when 4,000 additional rooms become available in 2012.
Shamah said that they will take the time necessary to send the National Assembly a bill that will make significant changes to the activity", reported Prensa.com.
Tourism businesses who were consulted agree on the need for new legislation to make significant changes to the activity.
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The project, to be presented to the National Assembly in early 2012, aims to promote tourism within the country.
The Minister of the Panamanian Tourism Authority of (ATP in Spanish), Solomon Shama said that "the objective is to increase the amount of investments and grant subsidies to tour operators or receptors, whose only business is promoting tourism in this part of the country, where there are attractions. "
Costa Rican businesses point to lack of integrity in the draft Tourism Act, which has already spent five years getting bogged down in Congress.
"Now the Special Standing Committee Tourism in the Legislative Assembly is rescuing and debating the plan, amid the clamor for profound changes and more analysis made by the business sector," noted an article in Elfinancierocr.com.
The Ministry of Tourism is discussing with private companies and a group of consultants draft amendments to the existing Law on Tourism.
According to Jose Napoleon Duarte, chief of tourism, what they are looking for is a legal framework consistent with the current reality of tourism, integrating unions, tour operators, transportation companies, universities, and other stakeholders.
The Tourism Authority has submitted a project that consists of incentives for the construction of infrastructure and development of small businesses.
The project was submitted to the Ministry of Economy and Finances (MEF, acronym in Spanish) for proper consideration and the next administration will compose the definitive text.