This is a very important project for Panama because unlike cruise ships that just pull in for a few hours and spend little money in the country, having a home port will add a lot of real tourism. 42000 visitors will fly into Panama from Europe and South America to avoid having to hassle immigration in the U.S.. They will likely overnight coming in and out and maybe want to see the country. This is a real winner for Panama and a congratulations go out to the Ministry of Tourism and others who worked to bring this major project to the country.
PANAMA CITY, July 30 (Reuters) - Panama and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. agreed on Monday to make the Central American country the starting point for some of its tour operations in a bid to boost the cruise operator's presence in the region. The agreement could attract Central American and European tourists hoping to avoid tight U.S. visa requirements necessary for Miami, from where many popular Caribbean-bound cruises depart.
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