wo months ago, when the 30 legal casinos were closed in Ecuador, Emela Tour Corporation Sales Manager started promoting a trip plans. “Since then, we saw this opportunity of offering and strengthening this product that has no doubt have a great acceptance,” said Centeno.
Each trip plan from Tours Casinos costs around us$ 687 per person plus us$ 20 in chips and us$ 25 in alcoholic beverages. The tour is organized in a joint venture with El Panamá & Fiesta Casino hotel.
However, the package does not include additional amounts that the player decides to spend. A dance option can be added to the trip. In Panama there is a wide range of businesses: gaming terminals, casinos and betting centers. There is a horse racetrack, too. “It is like a mini Las Vegas,” assured Emela Tour representative. Centeno confirmed that he has serious expectations in the sale of the packages. Just last year 14,000 tours were sold.
Panamanian consul in Ecuador, Jaqueline Vergara, confirmed that, in Panama, the combination of tourism and gaming has generated a strong impact. In Ecuador, the legal situation of the country has turned it into a target for agencies. He added that a Poker Championship is being organized for next month.
Besides, after the elimination of the transport subsidy of the airlines that had flights in the airports licensed, the most convenient charter flights for Ecuadorians are the ones that have Panama as destination.
Flights to Panama also offer a difference, in average of us$ 100 less with regard to other destinations (such as Jamaica or Punta Cana) to which they have exclusive flights.