If ever there was a time to visit Panama, this is it. In 2014 its famous canal celebrates 100 years of connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and Panama City is gearing up for the milestone with a slew of major developments.

It's All in the Way you Wear the Hat

Among the many Panamanian traditions, on this occasion we'd like to highlight the wide variety of hats made and worn in our countryside.

A new attempt to unite Panama and Colombia through a sea route is in the works for October, and its organizers say that this time the project is steaming full speed ahead. 

Panama means "abundance of fish" in an Indian language, and this fame attracts anglers from around the world. The Central American country has positioned itself as one of the main destinations for sport fishing, which has generated an annual visitor spending of over 135 million in lodging, boat rentals, and complementary activities. 

Vice Minister of Tourism, Jennifer Champsur, Destination Marketing Representative Diwigdi Valiente, and Astrid Quirós visited Toronto, Canada from August 19th - 20th to attend the Incentive Works Show in Toronto. 

The Atlapa Convention Center in Panama's capital opens its doors today to the 10th International Book Fair (FIL, for its acronym in Spanish) that has invited Mexico as the guest country to bring literary and artistic vitality to this lettered festival, according to the organizers and participating authors.

The Toro Guapo Festival will kick off on October 16th with folk activities and a children's day, as there will even be an infantile beauty queen pageant. 

Under the theme of "Multiple Cultures, One Identity", the 5th Panama Gastronomy event, to be held on August 29, 30 and 31 at the Atlapa Convention Center, seeks this year to pay tribute to the multi-ethnic and versatile culinary offerings of Panama.

The traditional countryside wedding, which takes place as part of the National Festival of Manito in Ocú, Herrera Province, is a religious and cultural celebration that promotes respect and family values and is considered the only one of its kind.

The sub-administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), Jennifer Champsaur, toured the entity's offices in the country's interior provinces to assess the policies the institution will execute with the aim to promote tourism in those areas.