Portobelo, punto de encuentro

Cantos, tambores y música verán los asistentes en la VIII edición del Festival de Diablos y Congos2013.

The supply of hotels in Panama continues to grow faster than the demand, which is reflected in figures from the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) that indicate that in 2012 the overall hotel occupancy rate stood at 59%, 10 percentage points less than during the same period in 2011.
Residents of the district of Pedasí in Los Santos expressed yesterday that their newly constructed airport will help to increase the arrival of tourists who wish to visit the region's attractive islands and beaches.

Competition for lodgers is intensifying for King Momo's party, and the ATP's initiative of organizing the Carnival in the capital city is bearing fruit. Over the last three years, the demand for hotel rooms has been most apparent along the beaches and in the interior provinces of the Republic.

The hotels in the capital compete closely with those in the interior to attract guests during Carnival time. For this year's holiday, hotel occupancy in the capital is at 85%, while in the interior it reaches 95%.

Almost 30 years after Pope John Paul II visited Panama, Justo Ovalle, the peasant who was responsible for welcoming him that day of March 5, 1983, recalls that special moment.