This month is a great time to walk the streets of Panama, now proudly festooned with the red, white, and blue of the national flag. The main avenues will be scenes of festivity with gallant, beautiful, and very colorful parades of marching bands, government representatives, and students from public and private schools around the country dressed in attractive costumes that reflect the nation's folklore and patriotism.
One of the most important fairs in the world of tourism will once again take place this year in the British capital. From November 4 to 7, 2013, the top companies and leading professionals in the tourism industry will gather at London's ExCel Exhibition Centre to showcase their latest tourism-related developments and innovations at the World Travel Market.
Agritourism has positively impacted Panama, providing added value to farms. Recently, the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) helped organize the first national conference titled "Strengthening Community Rural Eco-Agritourism: The European Experience", led by two guest speakers from Spain.
The World Bank (WB) announced the results of this year's Doing Business ranking, in which Panama achieved an escalation of six positions, from 61st up to 55th. The latest report, which assesses the ease of doing business in 189 countries around the world, ranks the isthmus number one in Central America and the fifth country in Latin America, coming in after Chile (34th), Peru (42nd), Colombia (43rd), and Mexico (53rd).