From a statement by the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP):
The tender for the new Convention Center in an area of 11 hectares in Amador will be held on August 24.
From 10 am until 1:00 pm in the Portobelo Room of the ATLAPA Convention Center, proposals will be accepted from companies participating in the event.
The next stage will be the opening of the envelopes by the two evaluation committees, financial and technological, to check the documentation.
After a period of evaluation the winner will be chosen to construct the convention center which will make Panama a world class leader for these types of meetings on the continent.
The Tourism Authority of Panama, ATP, has conducted all steps relevant to this tender act, from site visits to meetings with interested companies.
Salo Shamah, General Manager of the ATP, said that the building will be an icon for the city.
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The Mexican construction firm ICA has pointed to defects in the bidding process in the selection of the builder for the Amador Convention Center.
Now the State Procurement Directorate has five working days to resolve the complaint that has been lodged.
The company that filed the complaint alleges that the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) "published and called for the participating companies in act of opening financial bids without first making the three candidates public.
Administered by Panama's Tourism Authority, ATLAPA Conventions Center losses $1 million each year.
Salomón Shamah, manager of the Panamanian Tourism Authority, said in an article in Laestrella.com.pa that "ATLAPA is occupied 360 days each year, however it generates yearly losses of $1 million", and recommended that "administration of ATLAPA Conventions Center should be given in concession to a private operator".
The sixty events held this year generated revenues of $300 million for the country.
Occupancy rates in hotels, shops and spending power are some of the benefits these kinds of conventions have generated for the Panamanian tourism industry.
So said Minister of the Panamanian Tourism Authority, Solomon Shamah, who released results regarding this segment of the tourism sector which has grown so much in the last few months.
The auction of the 56 thousand square meters of land that houses the convention center received no bids, therefore a second call has been announced.
The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) has estimated that the price of the property is around $123.3 million.
In the event that no bids are received on a second call, the property would be passed to the MEF to decide what to do next, said Solomon Shamah, administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP).