Austin Hess 2020-10-14 02:44:04
Panama assumed the Pro-Tempore Presidency of the Central American Federation of Small Hotels (FECAPH) for one year with the scope of updating and strengthening the tourism sector of the region. The event, which took place in San Salvador, was attended by the Panamanian Ambassador in this country, Jerry Salazar, who highlighted the importance of tourism and the challenge that the union will face in 2019 to develop multi-destination products by integrating Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama in order to attract visitors to the region.
It was up to Jane Lemarie Caicedo, president of the federation in 2018, to carry out the formal hand-over of power to Héctor Golcher, an act in which Costa Rica ended its year in the position that now Panama will hold until 2020. This is how the country will lead working groups and will follow up on the commitments acquired through consensus, said Golcher, current president of the Association of Small Hotels in Panama.
In addition to the multi-destination strategy, Golcher stressed the need to promote charter flights to the interior of the country. He also pointed out that strategic alliances will be made with international organizations and meetings with the tourism chambers to identify the tourism products available in each country of the Central American region: from agritourism, fairs, adventures, among others. To achieve success, it is necessary to educate and train people for this reason marketing, public relations, customer service, event organization and the use of online networks will be promoted.
FECAPH started as a project of the Organization of American States in 2002 to determine the effectiveness, sustainability and assistance to small hotels in Central America. Today, the Federation is composed by 1,500 hostels and small hotels. The next assembly will be held in Panama during the celebration of EXPOTURISMO 2019, an event organized by the Chamber of Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce in this country. Additionally, at the end of July, Panama will also host the XVII Central American Small Hotels Forum, as a result of assuming the FECAPH Pro-Tempore Presidency.