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Black Friday in Panama has become an important date not only for local shoppers, but also for foreigners. This year “Black Friday” falls on November 27 and the stores are preparing themselves for the biggest shopping day of the year. Panama Tourism Minister, Gustavo Him, said that everything is ready and he is even analyzing the idea of establishing other Black Fridays in the future.
The Minister said that the idea is for these sales not only to take place in November, but in other months as well, transforming Panama into a shopping destination which exploits mall tourism.
Every year visitors from countries like Ecuador and Colombia come to Panama to do their shopping for the end of the year festivities. Their arrival affects the hospitality sector positively.
According to Him, the country’s growth along with the projects that have been carried out, such as Black Friday and the national festivities will attract more visitors and increase hotel occupation.
“In the month of November alone, with the national holidays and Black Friday, around 50,000 visitors are expected. We are almost sure that this year the number of tourists coming to the country will increase significantly, helping hotel occupancy that has been low over the last few months,” said Him.
The Minister said that currently they are analyzing dates for other Black Fridays, “First we have to determine which are the low season months, because during those periods shops have special promotions,” he added.