Come to Panama: what's new in the Panamanian tourism industry? The General Administrator of the Panamanian Tourism Authority, Salomon Shamah, answers this question.

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How are the tourism projects on the Panamanian coasts coming along?

Late last year the National Land Authority (ANATI) was established, in part to promote the titling of coastal land-hotel projects included thereby encouraging investment in these areas. We are also pushing the new tourism act which, among other things, seeks to continue to encourage investment in tourism all over the country.

What kind of progress is being made in convention and conference tourism?

We have succeeded in positioning ourselves as one of the most important destinations in the region in the meeting, conference and convention segment. For 2011, the Tourism Authority and the private sector have attracted over 40 new conferences and conventions, and 2012 is shaping up to' be even better.

What advantages are there for tourism investors? What about for visitors?

The country offers various tax advantages and incentives for...

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