Chiriqui on verge of tourism boom, predicts new Bambito manager

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Leonardo Martínez, manager of the Bambito Hotel, plans to add a working farm to the luxury hotel.

Leonardo Martínez, manager of the Bambito Hotel, plans to add a working farm to the luxury hotel.

The new manager of the Hotel Bambito in the province of Chiriqui is Leonardo Martinez, former sales executive at the hotel. Before joining the Hotel Bambito team, Mr. Martinez was night manager and sales executive at the Hotel El Panama, which belongs to the same group.

His appointment is a triumphant career move for 35 year old Mr. Martinez who was born a few miles up the mountain in the agricultural town of Cerro Punta. He obtained degrees in business administration and marketing at Universidad Latina in Chiriqui’s capital, David; later a postgraduate degree in higher education at the Universidad de Cartago and is currently studying marketing and international business at the Universidad del Istmo.

One of the plans he has for Hotel Bambito is to use the knowledge from his family background in agriculture to establish a small farm on the 58 acres of the hotel’s property.

“This will be a big attraction for guests” he told The Visitor. As well as horseback riding, trail walking and trout fishing, guests will be able to tour a working farm, see the crops and the animals… even milk a cow.”

Trout fishing at Hotel Bambito.

Trout fishing at Hotel Bambito.

Hotel Bambito

Hotel Bambito

Mr. Martinez, who is a fiscal (officer) of the Chiriqui Chamber of Tourism and president of the Camara de Hoteles Vigilantes de Tierras Altas, an organization dedicated to security in the mountain communities, believes that the province is on the verge of a tourism boom.

“Now that the international airport in David has been upgraded”, he told The Visitor, “I think investors will build large hotels on Chiriqui’s superb beaches. This is happening on the beach areas of Panama and Cocle provinces served by the new Scarlett Martinez International Airport.

“But the big advantage here in Chiriqui is that package vacations can offer mountains as well as beaches.”

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