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JW Marriott turning LEMONS into LEMONADE with “re-branding” of TRUMP failure/fiasco.

Just go back a mere 10 years, and you will see a grandiose opening, Prez Martinelli in tow, speeches by “Donny” and Ivanka, and assurances of the success of TRUMP OCEAN CLUB. Located in the heart of Punta Pacifica, this mixed use Hotel/Condo project was the apex of development at …

Agriculture

Small culture efforts make a big difference is “self-reliance”. As seen in Cocl’e.

In Río Indio, province of Coclé, there is a farm for tilapia fingerlings that will ultimately result in a quality and affordable product. The world of aquaculture in Panama, with its various projects, has positively impacted the economies of the families that are dedicated to this activity in the country …

Air Travel

BUSINESS INSIDER reports on RAVE reviews on air travel within PANAMA.

https://www.businessinsider.com/copa-airlines-panama-economy-review-2024-5?r=MX&IR=T#if-i-could-avoid-a-lengthy-layover-for-future-trips-to-and-from-panama-id-book-the-carrier-again-in-a-heartbeat-24 I flew economy on Copa, Panama’s flagship airline. My only regret was not booking it for a long-haul flight home. Monica Humphries May 14, 2024, 7:02 AM GMT-5 The exterior of the Copa Airlines plane. Monica Humphries/Business Insider Copa Airlines is Panama’s flag carrier. The airline offers flights across the …

Panama Tourism

Focus on 5-Star Luxury is on the radar for 2025 tourism. A day of luxury step by step.

https://www.businessinsider.com/punta-pacifica-panama-richest-neighborhood-photos-2024-5?r=MX&IR=T Duncan McGowan describes Panama City’s Ocean Reef Islands as “perfection.” The landscaping is manicured flawlessly, never a leaf or branch out of place. You’d have to hunt to find trash anywhere on the islands, and instead, you’re more likely to notice bird songs filling the air. Looking one way, …

Bocas del Toro

EX-PAT/VISITOR ALERT- For those on Eco-Tours in jungle regions, remember word “Jungle”.

https://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/nacionales/cocodrilo-casi-le-arranca-el-pie-cuando-cruzaba-quebrada-en-veraguas-EA7332134 The scare of his life got a man who was attacked by a crocodile when he was crossing the La Toyoza ravine, in the district of Cañazas, province of Veraguas. The man managed to get away from the animal, but suffered serious injuries to one of his legs, so …

Air Travel

Numbers do not lie- TOCUMEN expansion has turned PTY into new hub for all Latin America.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/aeropuerto-internacional-de-tocumen-procesa-mas-de-15-millon-de-pasajeros-en-abril-LA7323591?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The main port of entry and exit of the country has served a cumulative total of 6,153,781 passengers. With 44%, South America is the subcontinent with the main destinations departing from Panama The Tocumen International Airport processed 1,557,428 passengers during the month of April, that is, 9.8% more than …

Local Culture

Annual bloom of native Panamanian tree should be appreciated.

The flowering of the guayacan trees becomes a visual spectacle every year, between the months of March and April, that paints the horizon of the Panamanian capital yellow, somewhat gray in recent months due to high environmental pollution. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/los-guayacanes-pintan-de-amarillo-a-la-capital-de-panama-JY7098784 “The Guayacán is not an endemic species in Panama, but it …

Local Culture

Saturday was nice, if missed be sure to attend next year.

This Saturday, April 20, the Mi Pueblito Interiorano Complex, Las Aldeas Indígenas and Mi Pueblito Afroantillano once again shines in all its splendor with activities alluding to the national identity, from 10 am to 11 pm https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/mis-pueblitos-historia-tradicion-cultura-y-nacion-FX7055227 Inaugurated in June 1993, the Mis Pueblitos Municipal Tourist Center was erected on …

Food/Bar Scene

CULTURE: Flor de Cana sponsors ECO “cocktail” challenge in PANAMA. This just seems cool.

Anything that promotes SUSTAINABLE ideas, I will promote.  https://www.laestrella.com.pa/contenido-patrocinado/flor-de-cana-abre-inscripciones-en-panama-para-el-sustainable-cocktail-challenge-2024-XK6905347 Those passionate about sustainable cocktails can join this platform to compete for the title of national champion and then be able to participate in the Global Final Flor de Caña Rum, the first distillate in the world certified Carbon Neutral and …

Conservation

Mulino stating all the right things and stands as PNO ENDORSED choice. Not a PUPPET. Recognizes importance of REAL TOURISM and CONSTRUCTION.

PANAMA is missing the boat on SO MUCH tourism it is not even funny. The environmental beauty is still untapped as people have concentrated on the Mega Hotels and Gambling.  BOCAS should be a LUXURY destination, and not some overlooked and poorly run area. More police, better airport, more flights, …

Human Interest

“BIOMUSEO” Cultural venue in Panama celebrating 10 Year Anniversary.

The wife has us going. I’m interested in the diving exhibit. https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/vida-y-cultura/biomuseo-celebrara-sus-10-anos-con-los-patrones-de-la-cumbia-YA6345375?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc ‘A Night at the Biomuseo’ is an activity that the cultural center will carry out to celebrate its anniversary. In its first decade, the Biomuseo has been visited by more than 1 million people from Panama and the …

Economy

Grade on “5 Year Plan” to come in JUNE of 2025.

Back in 2020 the UNWTO- or “World Tourism Organization” was tasked to put together a “Master Plan” that would bear the fruit of an increase in sustainable tourism projects of ( 50% ). This even took into account the effect of COVID-19 on the Economy. I am aware that there is REAL …

Human Interest

WOW- Election Year and Gabby remembers there are Indigenous voters, lets shake some hands.

On the third day of his tour of the Ngäbe Buglé Region, a large crowd reiterated their support for Gaby in the midst of indigenous cultural demonstrations https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/politica/carrizo-anuncia-ministerio-indigena-ante-miles-de-panamenos-en-la-comarca-ngabe-bugle-IB6102802?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Residents of the 27 townships of the Müna and Ñürüm districts gave a great welcome to presidential candidate José Gabriel Carrizo. On …

Art/Entertainment

Carnaval is HERE. Not exactly on par with Brazil, but a big deal in PANAMA nonetheless.

In parallel to the celebration, the 2024 electoral campaign adds an additional element of interest. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/panama-da-inicio-a-sus-carnavales-2024-con-esplendor-y-una-campana-electoral-GH6090697 Infectious music and an explosion of color mark the beginning of the 2024 Carnivals, which this year takes on special meaning as it coincides with the 2024 electoral campaign, adding a political touch to …

Editorial Contribution

Time to take advantage of early positive outlook on Tourism for 2024

Editorial La Estrella de Panamá journalists@laestrella.com.pa 01/06/2024 00:00   PANAMA is perceived in better eyes in the world and we must take advantage of that. A couple of days ago, CNN Travel included the isthmus as one of the 24 destinations to visit in 2024. The media praises its tropical forests and …

Conservation

Beautiful area of PANAMA brings opportunity for REAL “EcoTourism” in the country for 2024.

This natural reserve offers the opportunity to promote ecotourism in the heart of the metropolis The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) is in the final phase of the transfer of Cerro Ancón to the Ministry of the Environment (MiAmbiente). The transfer process, which began in June 2023, “is focused on …

Economy

“Costa del Este” forming into the Monaco of LATAM real estate in terms of pricing.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/costa-del-este-el-barrio-mas-caro-de-america-central-CB5672602 An investigation carried out by three real estate portals places Costa del Este as one of the places where it is most expensive to buy apartments Buying an apartment in the exclusive neighborhood of Costa del Este, in the town of Juan Díaz, in Panama City, is more expensive …

Economy

PANAMA to host leading TOURISM SUMMIT in 2024.

https://en.travel2latam.com/news-84985-panama-will-host-the-world-adventure-tourism-congress-in-2024 The most important global adventure tourism association, ATTA, has chosen Panama as the next venue for the Adventure Travel World Summit 2024 (October 7 to 10), an event that will position the country in international tourism markets as an adventure destination. and conventions The General Administrator of the ATP, …

Canal

Friend in tourism sent me this about extended PANAMA cruise offered now.

https://www.travelagentcentral.com/cruises/scenic-announces-new-scenic-eclipse-2023-2024-caribbean-collection-0 Scenic has unveiled the 2023-2024 Caribbean Collection for its Discovery Yacht Scenic Eclipse. The itineraries will allow guests to explore some of the more remote destinations, only accessible to smaller ships. Ports such as Darby Island, Egg Island and Long Island in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico’s Isla de Culebra, Grenadines’ Mayreau, and Isla de Providencia in Colombia, among others promise a more intimate experience. Booking early can …

Local Culture

Panama getting geared up to promote tourism for 2024.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/panama-tendra-guia-inversion-turistica-iniciativa-omt-caf-AELE498877 Panama will develop a Tourism Investment Guide, a tool promoted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Development Bank of Latin America-CAF to promote the tourism business in the sector in the region. This guide, which the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Paraguay and Ecuador already have, will be created …

Agriculture

Sociologist says 18 days of protest reveal RACIST undertones within Panama.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/231108/jesus-alemancia-crisis-minera-aflorado When 18 consecutive days of anti-mining demonstrations have passed, tensions are growing between those who demand an end to the closures and those who continue protesting in the streets due to distrust that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the company Minera Panamá. The speeches against the …

Human Interest

Panama riots still main story of LATAM.

Fecamco issued an alert about the crisis that has affected Panama for almost a month, marked by road blockades in rejection. The businessmen made an urgent call to the Panamanian Government and other actors involved to immediately establish a dialogue that promotes the search for a solution. The Evangelical Alliance of …

Chiriqui

Issues with Indigenous disputes causing a “perfect storm” of in country infrastructure.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/231117/manifestaciones-tomaron-calles-pais In Panama City and in the interior of the country the scenes were the same: Street closures and mobilizations. The protests began early at a slow pace, but progressively increased as citizens traveled by different modes of transportation to get to their workplaces. In the capital city, public transportation …

Air Travel

Civil unrest in Panama becoming more than a “regional” disturbance. Affecting flights.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/231116/united-cancela-vuelos-panama-disturbios-civiles The mishaps that have caused road blockages in Panama City caused United Airlines to cancel three flights scheduled between November 16 and 17. Information from the company indicates that the canceled return is UA1034, from Houston, which ends up impacting the itineraries of flights UA727 and UA1031, which will …

Panama Tourism

Wow, Panama plans for tourism investment with REAL groups. RFB/OGI just ask owners for more money.

The cover should just say “Panama Investment- Stay away from Joe” https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/230926/panama-tendra-guia-inversion-turistica-iniciativa-omt-caf Panama will develop a Tourism Investment Guide, a tool promoted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Development Bank of Latin America-CAF to promote the tourism business in the sector in the region. This guide, which the …

Economy

Great exposure for Panama in FORBES.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/petertaylor/2023/09/11/foreign-buyers-are-finally-cooling-on-americas-overheated-housing-market-thats-great-news-for-panam/?sh=148753d7362e The American residential real estate market rarely rocks headlines—despite economically accounting for the largest single share of U.S. gross domestic product (+/- 17%). The Great Recession pushed real estate front and center in the media for a while as the banks collapsed back in 2008. Covid subsequently upended where …

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What a CROCK of BULLSHIT!!! “Financial Expert” my ASS!!!!! RED FROG propaganda

Editorial:  James “JB” Bryson I thought today’s earlier post was enough to satisfy my itch to shed light on RED FROG. Then I see this rotten piece of a dumpster fire video on YOU TUBE.  (thank you “Brigade”). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_xmA9694Tw “Financial Expert” David Clark- that lovely British accent makes him sound …

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Thank You Edmund Burke- You can’t unring this RED FROG bell. Redemption is coming.

EDMUND BURKE “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph in the world is that good men do nothing.”  The only change I would make to this great quote from Burke is sub “People” for “Men”. As that is what is happening. “People” are contacting ME completely unsolicited……..and I am …

Human Interest

Indigenous Panamanians: So often overlooked are trying to be a part of tourism.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/230830/indigenas-ngaebe-bugle-apuntan-turismo-mostrar-preservar-cultura A traditional ritual with smoke and purified water allows visitors to enter the forest or houses in the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous communities of southern Costa Rica, where their inhabitants are beginning to see tourism as an opportunity to showcase and preserve their culture. and to generate income. Nearly 3,200 Ngäbe-Buglé …

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RED FROG BEACH: PART 1 ‘What We Saw”.— BEACH, LIES, and a lot of SHIT

Picture fits it: A Red Frog Covered in PUKE. Greetings to the readers and visitors that we have been corresponding with me and the site over the years. PNO endeavors to be a source of informtaion and news that can educate those new Ex-Pats that arrive each year. However, we …