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Dec/ Dic. 31' 99 - Jan/ Ene. 13, 2000

Dec. 31

Panamanians celebrate control of the Canal with grand concert

Dec/ Dic. 31' 99 - Jan/ Ene. 13, 2000 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

Panamanian Grammy-Award-winning singer and actor, Ruben Blades, will be the centerpiece at “Patria Entera”, a grand concert celebrating the control transfer from U.S. to Panamanian administration. The event will take place today, Friday, December 31, at Fatlish sport field (close to the old Balboa railroad station) at 2:00 p.m. Entrance is free. The concert will also feature performances by “Típico” music stars Samy & Sandra Sandoval, Manuel De Jesús Abrego and Osvaldo Ayala and will be broadcasted live around the world through BBC World Services and a number of U.S. and Latin American T.V. networks. Visitors in the hotel district can observe the spectacle on a giant T.V. monitor on Vía España.

Jan/ Ene. 28 - Feb. 10, 2000

Hotel Miramar receives prestigious international award

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences recently distinguished the capital city’s Miramar Inter-Continental Hotel Panamá with one of the highest honors of the market: “The Five Star Diamond Award”, during a cocktail party in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

Feb. 25 - Mar. 9, 2000

Panama City coastal expressway completed

The last leg of Corredor Sur, a four-lane express way bordering the Pacific coast of Panama City, is scheduled to open February 29. The new 20-kilometer toll way extends from the community of Tocumen, east of the capital, to the district of Paitilla on the bayfront, and has connections to a number of commercial and residential areas of the capital. Corredor Sur allows Panama City visitors the opportunity to travel to and from Tocumen’s International Airport in approximately 15 minutes.

Mar. 24 - Apr/ Abr. 6, 2000

Stars in town filming “The Tailor of Panama”

Mar. 24 - Apr/ Abr. 6, 2000 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

Three visitors have been creating havoc in Panama City in recent weeks, to the point of blocking the already crowded streets of the capital. However, this time the city’s residents really don’t mind arriving to their destinations a little late — just to get a glimpse of renowned international stars Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis and Geoffrey Rush in the filming of “The Tailor of Panama”.

Apr/ Abr. 7 - 20, 2000

Aventuras 2000 offers:

New city and Canal tours for hotel guests

Panamanian tour operator Aventuras 2,000 now offers hotel guests a new series of excursions of Panama City and the Canal area.

May 19 - Jun 1, 2000

Copa Airlines flies non-stop to Los Angeles

Starting June 1st, 2000, private Panamanian air carrier Copa Airlines will offer daily, non-stop flights to Los Angeles, California. This elevates to three the number of U.S. cities served by the Isthmian airline, which also flies to Miami and Orlando.

Jun 30 - Jul 13, 2000

Costa Rican tour operators visit Bocas del Toro

A group of members of the International Public Relations Department of the Panama Government Tourist Bureau (IPAT), recently led a number of Costa Rican tour operators on a survey trip of the Panamanian province of Bocas del Toro. The visitors are interested in promoting the attractions of the area, which is currently one of the fastest growing tourist zones in Panama.

Jun 30 - Jul 13, 2000

The Amador Causeway ‘new look’

The Causeway and the former U.S. Army base of Amador are currently the construction sites of a number of major tourist projects and the government of Panama is investing a substantial sum in infrastructure, including new roads.

Aug/ Ago. 25 - Sept 7, 2000

Central America’s largest bus terminal opens in Panama

What is being called the largest and most modern bus terminal in Central America recently opened in Panama City.

Located in Albrook, a former U.S. military installation, “Gran Terminal de Transporte” is the national hub of the great majority of bus routes in the Republic, which, until recently, departed from a number of stations scattered throughout the city.

Oct 6 - 19, 2000

Panama’s cruise ship industry comes back to life

The month of October is the official beginning of the cruise ship season in the Caribbean. From now and until April or May, hundreds of thousands of passengers, mainly from Europe and the United States, will disembark at traditional destinations such as Puerto Rico and Jamaica, boosting the economies of these islands.

Although it is part of the Caribbean basin, Panama has been ignored as a destination for cruise ships for a number of reasons for approximately three decades. However, things are changing fast.

Sept 8 - 21, 2000

Darien fishing lodge is judged ‘Best of the best’

The Tropic Star Lodge, a luxurious fishing resort located in Bahía Piñas, province of Darién, was recently declared the “Best of the best” among fishing lodges around the world by the Robb Report magazine, a U.S. publication.

Oct 6 - 19, 2000

Chiriquí River Rafting executive learns Tennessee techniques

Kara Sánchez, Marketing Director and Operations Manager of Chiriquí River Rafting, has returned from a trip of several months in Tennessee, U.S.A., working and learning rafting techniques on the Ocoee River at the Montahala Outdoor Center. She told The Visitor that the rivers in the U.S.A. are so crowded that sometimes 500 go down in one day. She is glad to return to Chiriquí, where 15 people a day is a lot.

Jan/ Ene. 12 -25, 2001

Panama shows off its new golf course

Jan/ Ene. 12 -25, 2001 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

Golfers have a new venue in Panama: Summit Golf & Resort. This 70-hectare facility is located on Gaillard Highway, four kilometers north of the Pedro Miguel Locks at the Panama Canal —a twenty-minute drive from downtown Panama City.

May 18 - 31, 2001

Oldest Canal user gets a new facelift

Jan/ Ene. 12 -25, 2001 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

The Islamorada, a yacht with a long tradition of service in Panama’s tourist industry, presents a new and improved image.

Owned by Argo Tours, the vessel now resembles the way it might have looked 89 years ago: a pre-World War I steamer, featuring varnished wood and brass trimmings as part of its Art Deco style.

May 18 - 31, 2001

Good news for ‘Colón 2000’ cruise port

Panama’s Caribbean cruise port ‘Colón 2,000’ has received confirmation of 60 cruise ship visits for next season, which will bring over 100,000 passengers to the port.

May 18 - 31, 2001

Panama Canal Railway and Aventuras 2000 inaugurate passenger service

May 18 - 31, 2001 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

With a special trip for media representatives, the Panama Canal Railway Company, the resurrectior of the historic Panama Railroad, initiated its passenger service between Panama City, on the Pacific and Colón, on the Caribbean seaboard.

The new service is a joint effort between the Panama Canal Railroad Company and Aventuras 2000, a tour operator owned by the parent company of Colón 2000 —the largest cruise port of Panama’s Caribbean coast.

Aug/ Ago. 24 - Sept 6, 2001

New visitors center for Old Panama

Ms. Mireya Moscoso, President of Panama, presided over the recent ground breaking ceremony of a new visitors: center in the ruins of Panama La Vieja.

Built with an investment of US$1,650,000, the visitor’s center will be located exactly in the premises of the old Nativity Fort, the only Spanish military compound of the colonial city. Construction works are expected to conclude in approximately one year.

Jan/ Ene. 18 - 31, 2002

President Moscoso inaugurates tourist information center in her hometown

Jan/ Ene. 18 - 31, 2002 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

A Tourist Information Center was one of the handful of projects inaugurated by President Mireya Moscoso during a recent tour of the Azuero peninsula, which encompasses the southernmost provinces of Herrera and Los Santos.

May 24 - Jun 6, 2002

Panama hosts cock- fighting world cup

Panama will host the third annual Cock-fight World Championship, the largest international event of one of the world’s oldest sports.

Sept 13 - 26, 2002

Government establishes investigative department for tourism safety

The recent establishment of a special unit of Policía Técnica Judicial –Panama’s version of the FBI–devoted to protecting tourists has received praises from private and public entities concerned about the safety of the growing numbers of visitors in Panama. The initiative is the result of a joint effort between the Panama Government Tourist Bureau (IPAT), the Colón Free Zone Users’ Association and the PTJ.

Oct 11 -24, 2002

Panamanian belle becomes Miss Universe

Oct 11 -24, 2002 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010Miss Justine Pasek poses with a copy of the book, “Panama Now,” published by the parent company of The Visitor.

When twenty-two-year-old Justine Pasek was selected first runner-up at the Miss Universe pageant last May, the people of Panama, her fellow countrymen, almost could not believe it, since it was the first time in history a Panamanian belle had achieve such distinction. Today, with Pasek’s recent designation as the actual Miss Universe, the country seems to be immersed in a lengthy dream.

Jan/ Ene. 3 - 16, 2003

Copa Airlines spreads its wings to Sao Paulo

Jan/ Ene. 3 - 16, 2003 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

Copa Airlines, Panama’s private-owned national carrier, continues to grow. Mr. Pedro Heilbron, CEO of the company, recently announced the airline’s new service to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

May 9 - 22, 2003

BBC films documentary on Canal history

A BBC film crew is currently filming a documentary on the history of the Panama Canal. The 14-member crew will be filming on location for approximately a month throughout the Panama Canal area and Panama City.

The title of the documentary is “Great Industrial Wonders - Panama Canal”.

Jun 6 - 19, 2003

600 million TV. viewers visited Panama through Miss Universe finale

Jun 6 - 19, 2003 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

The eyes of over half-a-billion people around the world were glued to the stage of Panama City’s Figali Convention Center as 18-year-old Amelia Vega, a native of the Dominican Republic, became Miss Universe 2003.

Vega’s crowning represented the end of the country’s month long “takeover” by 71 beautiful international contestants, who became tourist attractions in their own right as they rehearsed, posed and greeted Panamanians and visitors in all parts of the Republic.

Jul 4 - 17, 2003

Chef Willy turns 20!

Panama’s most popular chef celebrates two decades on the market

Jul 4 - 17, 2003 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010Chef Willy Diggelmann, Panama’s ‘Minister of Wine Affairs’.

Panama’s extrovert chef, Willy Diggelmann has reached an important milestone: the 20th anniversary of the opening of Rincón Suizo, his first restaurant in Panama.

Jul 4 - 17, 2003

Former U.S. military facility to become beach resort

Empresas Bern, S.A., a Panamanian conglomerate with interests in tourism and real estate, will be involved in the construction of a new beach resort in the former U.S. military base of Ft Kobbe, located 8 km. west of Panama City, near the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal.

Aug/ Ago. 15 -28, 2003

The world’s largest sancocho pot

Aug/ Ago. 15 -28, 2003 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

Visitors are invited to join Panamanians in their effort to establish the Guiness record for the largest pot of sancocho (Panamanian-style stew) ever prepared. Taking place at the parking lot of Atlapa Convention Center on Saturday, August 16 at 9:00 a.m., the activity is an initiative of Panamanian real estate consortium Grupo Sucasa, as part of the events prepared this year to celebrate the Republic’s centennial anniversary.

Cooked in a giant, custom-made, stainless-steel pot, on burners measuring two meters high, the sancocho is expected to serve approximately 20,000 people.

Aug/ Ago. 29 - Sept 11, 2003

International Jazz Festival

Panama City will host its first International Jazz Festival, scheduled September 4-7 at Anayansi Theater of Atlapa Convention Center.

Nov 7 - 20, 2003

Canal & Bay Tours:

New tour company kicks off with grand party

A party of approximately 300 persons, including journalists, tour operators, and prominent figures of Panama’s business circles, recently enjoyed a pleasant, moonlight cruise of the Bay of Panama. The occasion marked the official inauguration of Canal & Bay Tours, a new company which, as its name suggests, offers visitors the chance to discover the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.

Dec/ Dic. 5 - 18, 2003

Bridge of the Americas shows off new set of lights

Dec/ Dic. 5 - 18, 2003 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

In the presence of dozens of spectators, including many prominent business and public-sector figures, Mrs. Mireya Moscoso, President of Panama, recently turned on the switch that illuminated The Bridge of the Americas, with a state-of-the-art array of colorful lights.

The bridge, one of Panama’s most emblematic symbols showed off its new look for the first time on November 25. The new lights (an investment of over US$800,000) were donated by cell phone operator Bell South de Panama as a gift to the Republic of Panama in the month of its 100th anniversary as an independent nation.

Apr/ Abr. 9 - 22, 2004

New museum at Old Panama visitors’ center opens

Apr/ Abr. 9 - 22, 2004 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010Some of the items on display are more than 1,000 years old.

Hundreds of archaeological pieces, some of which could be at least 1,000 years old, are being exhibited at the new museum located in the Old Panama Visitors’ Center.

The museum harbors all the findings uncovered during the archaeological excavations conducted by Patronato Panama Viejo since 1996.

Apr/ Abr. 23 - May 6, 2004

Tourist Police Unit has new headquarters

Panama’s Tourist Police Unit has new headquarters. They are located on Avenida A, in the colonial district of San Felipe, across from the Ministry of Government and Justice.

Jun 4 - 17, 2004

Miss Panama wins national costume contest at Miss Universe

Jun 4 - 17, 2004 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

Jessica Rodríguez, Miss Panama 2003, captivated both the audience and the jury at the recent Miss Universe pageant in Ecuador, and won first prize at the national costume contest. This was a triumph both for her and for David and Agnes Santomenno, owners of Reprosa, the jewelry store which created and donated the costume.

Aug/ Ago. 27 - Sept 9, 2004

Famous singer, actor to head Panama Tourist Bureau

Ruben Blades, the famous tropical music singer and movie actor, will officially become General Manager of the Panama Government Tourist Bureau (IPAT). The designation was recently made by president-elect Martin Torrijos, who will take the oath as Panama’s Head of State on Sept 1.

Mar 11 - 24, 2005

Tocumen Airport gets major facelift

There is a lot of movement at Tocumen International Airport nowadays. Just as more and more visitors are arriving to the terminal so are cranes, bulldozers and construction workers. The country’s main port of entry is experiencing a major “surgical operation”, which will give the terminal a new façade, more space and additional facilities by early 2006.

Jun 3 - 16, 2005

Copa Airlines offers flights to San Andrés islands

Copa Airlines, Panama’s private-owned national airline, recently launched its new service to the islands of San Andrés, Colombia. A second, daily flight to Bogota is also planned.

Founded in 1947, Copa Airlines currently flies to 32 destinations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The company has maintained a partnership with U.S. carrier Continental Airlines since 1997.

Jan/ Ene. 13 - 26, 2006

Air Panama goes international

Jan/ Ene. 13 - 26, 2006 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010Ruben Arosemena, Vice President of Panama and George Novey, owner of Air Panama (second and third from left) raise their glasses to launch the airline.

Panama has a new international airline. Earlier this month, Air Panama, the domestic carrier formerly known as Aero, launched its first international service between the Caribbean province of Bocas del Toro and San José, Costa Rica. The service is offered in conjunction with Air Costa Rica and will be offered three days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Traveling on the inaugural flight were the Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Castro, and his Panamanian counterpart, Ruben Blades.

Jan/ Ene. 27 - Feb 6, 2006

New boat offers Gatún Lake safaris

Jan/ Ene. 27 - Feb 6, 2006 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

The wildlife and incredible tropical scenery of the Gatún Lake area can be discovered with the new tours offered by Panama City Tours and the boat Gatún Explorer, a 61-foot vessel equipped with all the amenities needed for a complete water safari.

Feb 24 - Mar 9, 2006

Panama promoted as Expat Haven at FITUR 2006

Feb 24 - Mar 9, 2006 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

A select group of private and public-sector members of Panama’s tourist industry took part in FITUR 2006, the most important tourism trade fair in Europe, which took place in Madrid, Spain in late January.

This year, the Panamanian delegation promoted Panama as a country par excellence for thousands of newly retired second-home buyers from Europe and North America.

The Visitor and Focus on Panama guide were also present at the fair, along with Patricia Puentes of Focus Publications’ Marketing and Sales Department.

Jan/ Ene. 5 - 18, 2007

Trump to build luxury residential complex in Panamá

U.S. magnate Donald Trump has his eyes on Panama. The Trump Organization and the K Group, one of the main resort developers in Panama, have recently signed an agreement to build the “Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower” in the new and exclusive Punta Pacifica district in Panama City.

Jan/ Ene. 14 - 27, 2007

UN to move regional center to Panama

The City of Knowledge, the educational-scientific complex located in the former U.S. Military base of Ft. Clayton, is getting ready to become the regional headquarters of the United Nations (UN) for Latin America and the Caribbean.

After considering the Panamanian Government’s proposal, which stated the country’s benefits, such as its geographic position, political stability, and the presence of other international organizations, the United Nations, sent a letter of acceptance signed by Kernal Dervis, Director of the UN’s Development Group (UNDG).

Mar 9 - 22, 2007

Road to Chiriquí resort will soon be paved

Mar 9 - 22, 2007 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

The road leading to the Gone Fishing Panama Resort, in Boca Chica, province of Chiriquí, will soon be paved.

The work started in October, with improved drainage.The entire road from the PanAm Hwy to Boca Chica has now been scraped, smoothed and is ready for asphalt.

Jun 15 - 28, 2007

COPA unveils dramatic $300m expansion plan

COPA is to invest around 300 million dollars in 2007 as part of its expansion plans. The president of the airline, Pedro Heilbron said that the objective of this exercise is to transform Panama into the “center of interconnections for the Americas”.

Jul 14 - 27, 2007

Iconic hotel now bears the Sheraton brand

Panama’s Caesar Park Hotel is no more. The facility, which faces Atlapa Convention Center, in the neighborhood of San Francisco, is now the Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center.

Formally owned by a Japanese consortium, the hotel officially changed hands on December 1. It is now owned by a Panamanian firm called Nuevos Hoteles de Panamá, headed by Anastasio Athanasópulos, Jorge Liakópulos, Jorge Araúz, Domenico Iovane, Ricardo Paredes and Pedro Vallarino, which invested US$50 million in remodeling.

Aug/ Ago. 10 - 23, 2007

Executives celebrate Home Port deal

Aug/ Ago. 10 - 23, 2007 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

From left to right: Steve Tarazi of Colon 2000, Adam Goldstein, president of the cruise lines, Royal Caribbean International and Augusto Terracina, of Colon 2000. These executives celebrated the launching of the Colon Port as the “home port” of the Royal Caribbean line.

Sept 7 - 20, 2007

A historic day for Panama

Sept 7 - 20, 2007 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

The President of the Republic, Martín Torrijos pushed a switch at 11:50 a.m. on Monday, September 3 to detonate two charges of 32,000 pounds of explosives, to start the widening works of the Panama Canal. More than 30,000 people witnessed the explosion that destroyed part of Paraíso Hill and began the construction of a parallel canal at a cost of $5.2 billion.

Sept 7 - 20, 2007

$350m expansion for Gamboa Resort

Bern Hotels & Resorts will invest $3.5 million in the development of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort with the construction of 60 new rooms, of which 13 will be deluxe king, 38 deluxe queen, seven theme suites, as well as an executive lounge.

Oct 5 - 18, 2007

KLM non-stop to Europe

The Franco-Dutch airline, KLM has announced a new direct non-stop rout, from Europe to Panama.. There will be three flights per week starting in March 2008 which will allow European tourists to travel to Panama comfortably and at competitive prices.

Nov 30 - Dec/ Dic. 13, 2007

James Bond heads for Panama

Part of the next James Bond movie, “Bond 22”, will be filmed in Panama. Judy Dench´s character “M” is “Off to Panama!” according to the actress. Unofficial reports are unclear whether Panama will double as “somewhere in South America” or if the storyline involves an actual trip here, but the country will surely be credited for the beautiful Caribbean Coast where the shooting is said to be taking place.

Dec/ Dic. 14 - 27, 2007

1.4 Million tourists come to Panama

The Panama Tourism Bureau (IPAT) predicts that the 2007 year will close with 1.4 million tourists visiting the country, with a significant increase in European tourists towards the end of the year.

Jan/ Ene. 11 - 24, 2008

Cunard’s Queen Victoria to make inaugural Canal transit Jan. 21

Jan/ Ene. 11 - 24, 2008 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

January 21 will be a “royal” day at the Canal when the Queen Victoria makes her inaugural Canal transit en route to Los Angeles. The luxury liner belongs to Cunard White Star Line of England.

Jan/ Ene. 11 - 24, 2008

Tourism perspectives "exeptional"

Last year was a good year for tourism in Panama and especially good for hotels, according to the President of the Panamanian Hotel Association (APATEL), Jorge Loaiza. The year closed with approximately 20% higher room occupation than 2006.

A number of new hotels are in the planning stage and the goal of the hotel sector is to reach a total of 24,000 rooms by 2010, which will bring the total jobs in the hotel industry to 180,000

Feb 22 - Mar 6, 2008

Ultra low cost Spirit here

Spirit Airlines, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has come to Panama offering three weekly flights to and from their hub just 30 minutes north of Miami. From there, travelers have the option to connect to an array of destinations like Las Vegas, Boston or Washington D.C.

Mar 7 - 13, 2008

The Visitor begins weekly production

The Visitor has increased publication frequency from fortnightly to weekly to keep readers up to date will all the latest events, tourism and news. Look for your free copy every Friday.

Apr/ Abr. 10 - 16, 2008

The green skies of Aeroperlas

ANCON signs joint venture with the airline for "carbon compensation"

The National Association for Nature Preservation (ANCON) and the Panamanian airline Aeroperlas Regional signed the ?rst joint venture to cooperate in a compensation program for the carbon monoxide gas emission generated by ?ight operations.

May 23 - 29, 2008

Panama beaches are "hot"

Panama's Caribbean beaches made Internet website MSNBC's "Hottest beaches of Central America" list, published recently in an article from Forbes Traveler on MSNBC.com.

Feb 22 - Mar 6, 2009

The fair must go on!

Feb 22 - Mar 6, 2009 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

People from all over the Republic of Panama and the world will descend on the mountain valley town of Boquete to celebrate the beginning of summer. The Flowers and Coffee Fair in Boquete is extra special this year. In November, the Caldera River flooded nearly half of the grounds where the fair takes place and organizers concluded that postponing the event was the only option. But the community came together to make sure that the first fair of the season would keep its original dates: January 8 to 18.

Apr/ Abr. 3 - 9, 2009

Tourism changes face of mountain town

The number of tourists coming to the charming little mountain town of Santa Fe in the Veraguas Province is on the rise. Because of its agreeable climate and boundless natural beauty, tourists from all over the world are clamoring to escape to this wonderland located in the central Cordillera mountain range. The community’s response to dealing with the influx of these tourists is well under way.

May 8 - 14, 2009

Colon Highway open

May 8 - 14, 2009 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

The Alberto Motta Highway is now open, providing rapid access between Panama City and the city of Colon. It was opened on April 30 and its use will be free until May 30, when a tariff, estimated between $2 and $4, will be applied to users. Some parts of the highway are still under under construction for finishing touches.

Drivers can reach either coast in a matter of 40 minutes on the new highway, which is expected to bring an influx of tourism, especially to Colon’s Costa Arriba.

Oct 2 - 8, 2009

We are open for business!

“We are open for business!” said President Ricardo Martinelli to the world. He was in the Big Apple last week attending the 64th United Nations (UN) General Assembly. Martinelli rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and threw the first pitch at a Yankee’s game.

Oct 2 - 8, 2009

We are open for business!

“We are open for business!” said President Ricardo Martinelli to the world. He was in the Big Apple last week attending the 64th United Nations (UN) General Assembly. Martinelli rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and threw the first pitch at a Yankee’s game.

Feb 12 - 18, 2010

100 years of the Panamanian Carnival

It’s Carnival! This wild pre-Lenten celebration takes place 40 days before Holy week. The idea behind the nation-wide party is to indulge in “pleasures of the flesh” during four wild days and nights before the coming repentance. The party is on now through Tuesday, February 16. The Panamanian Carnival takes place at the same time as the famous Carnival in Brazil and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but the way it is celebrated here is quite unique.

This is the 100th year since Carnival was first celebrated in 1909, when the Republic was just four years old. The national brewery, Cerveceria Nacional, is celebrating its 100th year too, since founding in 1909.

Mar 19 - 25, 2010

La Quinta to invest $25m in 13 new hotels

One of the largest hotel operators in the United States is coming to Panama. La Quinta “limited-service hotels” recently announced that Interoceanic Hotels Inc. will build a whopping 13 La Quinta hotels, totaling 500 rooms throughout Panama. The total investment is $25 million dollars and the building process will take seven years.

Mar 19 - 25, 2010

La Quinta to invest $25m in 13 new hotels

One of the largest hotel operators in the United States is coming to Panama. La Quinta “limited-service hotels” recently announced that Interoceanic Hotels Inc. will build a whopping 13 La Quinta hotels, totaling 500 rooms throughout Panama. The total investment is $25 million dollars and the building process will take seven years.

Apr/ Abr. 9 - 15, 2010

Tropical Suites in Bocas del Toro under ownership of dedicated young hoteliers

Apr/ Abr. 9 - 15, 2010 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

Bocas del Toro’s newest residents, Chip and Jessie Ikerd, are the exception to the rule. Clean cut and ever-so articulate, this young married couple dresses to the nines each day to cater to their guests’ every need, wish and whim at their most recent acquisition, the Tropical Suites Hotel, located in in Bocas Town on Isla Colon in the popular Caribbean island archipelago.

Jul 17 - Aug/ Ago. 5, 2010, 2010

9000 more hotel rooms, govt. tourism budget up

The number of hotel rooms available in Panama in the year 2014 will be 25,000 according to the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP). According to studies, there are now 16,000 hotel rooms and that number is expected to increase to 18,000 by the end of this year.

Aug/ Ago. 6 - 12, 2010, 2010

Bristol Residences promised for delivery in October 2011

Aug/ Ago. 6 - 12, 2010 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

The tower rising adjacent to the Bristol Hotel in Panama City will be a 25-story condo-hotel, according to Fernando Duque, president of the Bristol Hotel. Located in the banking district, the Bristol has long been known for its high standards of service.

Aug/ Ago. 20 - 26, 2010, 2010

Six direct KLM flights from Amsterdam per week

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced that beginning on November 1, the airline will increase its direct flights between Panama City and Amsterdam from three per week to six per week. Flight frequency will be almost daily – except for on Saturdays – providing an ideal link for Europeans in search of warmer climes this winter.

Aug/ Ago. 20 - 26, 2010, 2010

The pros surf Santa Catalina

From August 27 to September 5, Santa Catalina in Veraguas will host the biggest and most important surfing event in the world for athletes over 35 – the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Masters Surfing Championship. Panama’s top ten surfers over 35 have been picked. These athletes will be the hosts and surf ambassadors for more than 100 surfers from around the world who are the most-respected in their category.

Sept 17 - 23, 2010, 2010

Westin rising

Sept 17 - 23, 2010 -- Tourism Headline Review 2000-2010

Last week Empresas Bern and Starwood Hotels & Resorts officially announced their agreement to build a new 200 room Westin Hotel in the Costa del Este (CDE) neighborhood of Panama City. This will be the third hotel that Bern is co-developing with the Starwood, following the 2010 opening of Le Méridien on Balboa Avenue in Panama City and the 611 room Westin Playa Bonita that is currently under construction on the shores just beyond Panama Pacifico, the London & Regional “new city” development across the Canal from Panama City.

Oct 8 - 14, 2010, 2010

Hilton’s mighty return to Panama

Hilton is re-entering Panama’s growing tourism market with five of the ten Hilton Worldwide brands. Delivering through 2014, they include the first Waldorf Astoria in Latin America, a Hilton Garden Inn, a Doubletree, The Panama Hilton and an Embassy Suites.