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The Tourism Minister of Panama, Gustavo Him, accompanied by the Director of Projects of the ATP, Erich Velasquez, and representatives of the Consortium CCA-COCIGE, S.A., inspected the works of the Amador Convention Center (CCA), which shows 53% completion. It is expected that construction will be finished in the latter part of 2018.
During his inspection of the Amador Convention Center, Him qualified the re-design of the work as functional and well-suited for the celebration of events and adapted to the needs of today’s market. “The building measures approximately 35,000 square meters with capacity for 25,000 people,” he said and pointed out that the CCA will be the biggest and most complete convention center in Central America.
This Amador Convention Center will have an exhibition room of 15,000 square meters that can be divided into three or four meeting rooms of 2,300 square meters which in turn can be divided into 16 smaller rooms. The banquet room is 4,000 square meters, which can be split into three smaller rooms. There is a great central lobby, waiting areas of 12,000 square meters and parking for 1,715 cars and 30 buses.
Him revealed that at the request of the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Tourism and the National Council of Tourism, the U.S. company SMG was selected to operate, maintain and commercialize this center. “We are only waiting for the approval of Cabinet Council,” he added.
According to Him, this company manages 72 convention centers worldwide, mainly in the United States, China and Europe. It has enough experience and the client portfolio to attract the conventions that Panama needs.
The Consortium CCA- COCICE, S.A., formed by the international construction companies: China State Construction Engineering Corporation LTD, CCA Building Panama, and Construcciones Civiles Generales, S.A., are building the center.
Him added that along with the CCA the ATP seeks to attract all types of world-class events and to position the country as the number one destination for congresses and conventions. For that reason it has been promoted in international fairs.
In 2016 Panama went from 19th position to the number 10 spot in the Latin American ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) having hosted 45 international events.