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fvb955cd t1_jana059 wrote

Tourism was 10% of the GDP at its height. Contrast with other central American and carribean nations that have tourism as 20-50% of their GDP. The canal is the biggest industry in Panama. It is quite literally the most important canal on the planet.


CZJayG t1_janb3by wrote

Yes, but the majority of money from the canal goes right back into it, not to the people. Tourism is huge here, since the government decided to start focusing more on that to make money. So now a lot of focus is switching to that. Pretty sure that's why they allow the Pride parade actually.