Tourism represents one of the main activities of Panama. The main areas of tourism in the country focus on business tourism, beaches and trade Most of the tourists come from United States, Canada, Europe, Central America and South America.
In 2011, Panama was visited by more than 2 million tourists, an increase of 18% compared to 2010. The New York Times magazine placed Panama as the best place to visit in 2012 as the country's economy is working well, with Panama having regained the control of the Canal 12 years ago. For the daily the hallmark of the country is the inter-oceanic way and its extension, which must end in 2014,[clarification needed] with an investment of billions of dollars.
The old part of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, is used by backpackers.