PANAMA CITY, Panama — The organizers of the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo have been forced to reschedule this year's event and move it back to the Atlapa Convention Center — site of previous shows — because of construction delays at Panama's new convention center.
The show will run June 26-28 instead of July 24-26 and will not be combined with the Latin Auto Parts Expo, as had been announced last November, according to Latin Expo Group L.L.C., organizer of both events.
The Latin Auto Parts Expo is set for July 17-19 at the Atlapa Convention Center.
The changes became necessary because of construction delays on the $193 million Amador Convention Center, which was supposed to be finished before year-end 2018.
Latin Expo Group expects to have more than 200 exhibitors at this year's Latin Tyre Expo, as well as 300-plus at the Latin Auto Parts Expo. The expo agenda includes educational presentations from industry leaders both from the tire and aftermarket parts business.
According Latin Expo Group, the Central America region is home to about 46 million people who collectively imported more than $29.6 billion of U.S. goods in 2017. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, the region is the third largest export market for U.S. manufactured goods in Latin America, behind only Mexico and Brazil.
Latin Expo Group expects to combine the shows into one bigger expo in 2010 at the 635,000-sq.-ft. Amador Convention Center. The new venue sits on a tract of land that overlooks the Panama Canal and the Panama City skyline.