Accelerating the growth of its portfolio in Latin America, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the opening of its second Westin hotel in Panama. Located on the Eastern Coast, the new business and financial center in Panama City, The Panama Westin is Starwood's third property, managed by Bern Hotels & Resorts, the biggest hotel developer and operator in Panama.
The golden years for Panamanian exports were 2006 and 2008, and in the latter year they achieved shipments that exceeded $1,035,000,000.
Some 24 cruise ships are scheduled to dock at Panamanian ports during January. Princess Cruises and Holland America are just two of the cruise lines that have included a stop at Panama on their tour route.
After two government administrations and nearly $1.4 million in expenses, international promotion has now begun of Panama's first country brand: The Way.
As of November 2012, some 1,698 tourists had used the free health insurance that Panama offers to its visitors. Although the report issued by the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) on this service does not include cases attended in December, the figure already surpassed the 2011 records of 1,600 visitors attended.