The Secretariat of the Tourism Cabinet coordinates and monitors the articulation of inter-institutional efforts to fulfill the vision of the Plan Sustainable Tourism Master 2020-2025 what is to be recognized as adworld-class sustainable tourist destination, thanks to the extraordinary richness and diversity of its natural and cultural heritage, and the quality of its services.
To this end, priority tourist destinations have been identified in terms of improving infrastructure and basic services with projects financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) such as the design and construction project of the Integrated Border Control Center in Paso Canoas, in the province of Chiriquí.
This work seeks to modernize the border crossing between Panama and Costa Rica, streamlining the procedures in the movement of cargo, vehicles and people in the Central American region.
Urban improvement works are also planned in the area of the border line where the current checkpoint is located.
Another project that is being promoted is the Improvement Plan for Enrique Malek Airport in David, which includes the reconstruction of the pavement and drainage of the air terminal platform, which is already 90% complete and scheduled to be completed in July of this year. The work has generated 55 direct and indirect jobs throughout its development.
The improvements of the airport terminal with 60% progress have generated between 25 to 75 direct and indirect jobs; runway and platform luminaires that It is 55% complete and its execution is estimated to end in 2022, with the aim of improving the lighting system to guarantee visual aids of landings and parking of national and international flights
The construction of ditches and slopes that will help mitigate the negative environmental impact of surface runoff generated within the site. from the airport and the parking lot improvement project which is in its design and specifications phase, with an advance of 75% and its execution is estimated to end in 2023.
At this time and with a view to encouraging the development of activities aimed at green tourism, the Ministry of the Environment executes through of the Project for the Conservation and Management of Cultural and Natural Heritage, various investments and improvements to be developed, for which it has identified the need to reduce the areas occupied by the antennas at the top of the Barú Volcano, thus allowing a sustainable tourism development of the area, such as the incorporation of complementary activities, without affecting the services they provide. said structures.
The construction of the new Fiscal Dock of Puerto Armuelles, which will develop the Maritime Port Authority, is a port of medium draft (10 meters) and for vessels up to 100 meters (tuna, fishing, shrimp, fuel barges, bulk cargo, small cruise ships).
With this work seeks to directly impact the Barú region by providing a short-term solution to achieve recovery port capacities and thus help the local economy.
On the other hand, the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) work together to carry out the project study, design, development and approval of plans and construction of the New Muelle de Boca Chica, which will benefit local residents, fishermen, tour operators, residents in hard-to-reach communities, and the general public who do domestic tourism.
In addition to this inter-institutional effort, the MOP is added with the project for the rehabilitation and widening of the La Concepción – Cuesta de Piedra – Volcán highway, Chiriquí province, with a physical progress of 45%.. The start of the project is at the intersection of the Inter-American Highway in the La Concepción sector, continues along the existing highway and ends in the populated area of Volcán (34.01 km) and the intersection of the Inter-American Highway – Solano – Cuesta de Piedra (24.4 km). What’s more, the rehabilitation of the highway to Boca Chica, Punta Bejuco and Playa Hermosa
Through the public-private partnership, the development of the “Coffee Circuit” is ensured where the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) signed a collaboration agreement with the Center for Competitiveness of the Western Region (CECOMRO), through which the development of the product will be facilitated Tourism Circuit of the Coffee, creating strategic alliances with coffee shops nationwide that serve as a showcase to promote the tourist attractions of the region linked to this product. With this agreement, the ATP fulfills the commitment established by President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen.