The country could have more than 30 air service agreements by the end of 2013 if in the coming months the five processes that remain open are finalized, all with Middle Eastern nations.

The Civil Aviation Authority (AAC) is negotiating with Israel, Qatar, Turkey, Egypt and Jordan. In addition, it is discussing expanding its aviation business with Costa Rica.

Passengers on the Royal Caribbean shipping line chose the port Colón 2000 for the third consecutive year as the terminal with the best boarding service.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) projects that this year there will be slightly less movement of tourists compared to the rate achieved in 2012.

In its World Tourism Barometer report for the month of January, UNWTO forecasts that in 2013 international tourist arrivals will not exceed 4%, which was the increase calculated for the previous year.

Hilton Worldwide has announced the expansion of its Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand into Latin America with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Panama. With a firm commitment to offer personalized service and deliver a new sense of luxury to the growing Panamanian market, Waldorf Astoria Panama blends the brand's distinguished sophistication with the warmth of the Panamanian personality.
Red devils, retired-from-service Blue Bird school buses, are better known for ripping up Panama's streets, packed to the gills with hot and sticky passengers who pay a quarter for a hell-raising public transportation ride. Héctor Guzmán's red devil gently putters through the Sixaola River in search of manatees. Packed with a dual-frequency side-scan sonar and hydrophone arrays, food and tents, the modified-for-water bus is the research vessel for the STRI marine biologist's latest project made available from locals.