CARNIVALS, CRUISELINES, AND FOLKLORE AT SPAIN'S FITUR FAIR

Three couples dressed in the traditional pollera costume dance to folk music on the entertainment stage of Panama's pavilion. City Carnival Queen Virginia Hernández is also present, wearing her eye-catching crown.

The Queen, whose reign draws to a close in March, says that over the past year serving as Ambassador of Tourism she has promoted various fairs carnivals around the world, but "Panama's pavilion at FITUR is spectacular."

The placement, design, and size of Panama's booth at the FITUR Fair in Spain is attracting the attention of television channels for tourism companies, other professionals in the fair, and the country's competition.

The stand, located at the entrance to the Americas section, has been visited by Madrid TV, Antena 3 TV, Spanish TV, and the Spanish National Radio.

Under their traditional tourist symbol of a colorful butterfly on a black background, the Panama Tourism Authority, together with 20 Panamanian companies, promotes the country destination and markets their products at this fair in Madrid.

Panama, which received 2.3 million tourists in 2013, advertises that it can be reached on direct flights from Amsterdam with KLM, Air France frequencies, and Iberia flights.

Large companies like the Pullmanturs cruise line, whose ships set sail weekly from the Colón 2000 Port, or the Panamanian airline Copa Airlines, with flights to 66 destinations in 29 countries, have a presence at the stand and demonstrate the country's vast connectivity.

Their customer service is fantastic.