Panama invests £120m in new conference centre

Panama´s vice minister of tourism Ernesto Orillac pledged to "accelerate growth" in business events during EIBTM 2012.

Panama´s vice minister for tourism Ernesto Orillac announces conference centre plans
Panama´s vice minister for tourism Ernesto Orillac announces conference centre plans

Unveiling plans for the country´s new conference centre – which will begin taking bookings from 2015 – Orillac shared details of the scheme at EIBTM in Barcelona today (28 November).

"It is a very ambitious project," said Orillac. "It is part of our plans to compete as a MICE destination. Panama is a country growing enormously in terms of corporate companies with their Latin American headquarters here, including P&G and Johnson & Johnson."

Known as the Amador, the conference centre will include a total of 16 meeting rooms for events from 500 to 3,500 delegates.

Its three-storey Exhibit Hall space includes eight meeting rooms on the second floor, while the centre also features an auditorium and ballroom.

Located 20 minutes´ drive from Tocumen International Airport, and five minutes from the city centre, the design of the centre is based on the national symbol – the Harpy Eagle.

Panama City saw 20 new hotel openings in 2012, added Orillac, and is expected to have a total of 18,000 hotel rooms by 2014.

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