On July 8, 2015, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Tatsuro Nakamura, President of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) with the purpose of deepening the relationship between the Embassy of Panama and the travel industry.
At the beginning of the meeting, Ambassador Diaz conveyed Mr. Nakamura his gratitude for receiving him despite his busy schedule and informed that the Panama Tourism Authority has expressed its interest to participate in JATA Tourism EXPO in September this year, in collaboration with the Embassy.
Ambassador Diaz also took the opportunity to deliver a brief presentation about tourism in Panama, where he emphasized Panama’s good air connectivity and the expansion of the Tocumen International Airport, which will finish in 2017, doubling passenger capacity from 8 million to 15 million per year.
Also, he explained about the current situation of the Panama Canal Expansion process, indicating that the Panama Canal is one of the main tourist attractions of Panama, but there are other interesting attractions such as ecotourism, cultural tourism, and 5 UNESCO World Heritages, which could be of interest for Japanese tourists.
Mr. Nakamura thanked Ambassador Diaz for his explanation about Panama tourism and the interest of Panama to participate in JATA fair, indicating that it will be a good opportunity to promote Panama tourism among Japanese people.
The meeting finished with an exchange of opinions about the possibility of establishing a direct flight between Panama and Japan, which the government of Panama has already proposed to the Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA).