Here are some more details on the planned convention center. This will certainly be an important addition to the city, especially if it is privately managed as proposed.
An American company working in the design
PANAMA. Preparations for the construction of a new convention center at the end of Avenida de Los Poetas, Amador sector is progressing.
The renowned American firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) will deliver in the coming days a preboceto the project to the Panama Tourism Authority (PTA), which will serve as a starting point to call the public event.
The ATP's general counsel, Ernesto Orillac, said the goal is for the new convention center starts to operate in 2013.
And said to be the best convention center in the Central American region and will compete with those in Mexico and Brazil.
The new center will be built on a filled sea where he used material from the excavation of the canal and will be given in concession to private operators.You will have an exhibition area of 15 thousand square meters, three times the capacity of ATLAPA and will meet two or three exhibitions at a time.
According to Orillac is necessary that Panama has a convention center, world class, considering that this type of tourism is the most consuming and longer stays in the country.
The goal is to turn the country into the capital of the conventions of the Continent.
Once this new project is built the convention center ATLAPA also be given in concession to private operators.
And is that authorities say it records annual losses in the order of a million dollars and has already served its purpose.