The Panama Canal has set a new record number of 963,000 visitors during its centennial year. The figure is the combined number of visitors to the Miraflores Visitor Center in Panama City (Pacific) and the Expansion Observation Center and Gatun Visitor Center in the province of Colón (Atlantic).
This new record represents a 9.6% increase compared to fiscal year 2013. Of the total number of visitors, 70% were foreigners and 30% Panamanian citizens.
The Miraflores Visitor Center received 82.5% of the visitors, while the Gatun Visitor Center and the Expansion Observation Center received 8.5% and 9%, respectively.
The Miraflores Visitor Center is the most visited attraction in the country.
The Expansion Observation Center allows visitors to witness the construction of the waterway’s new locks from a unique vantage 50 meters above the Canal.
The Gatun Visitor Center allows tourists to see the locks on the Atlantic side and witness ships transiting up close.
The three visitor centers are open seven days a week, including holidays. For more information about the centers see page 12 of this issue.