PANAMA TOP MEETINGS & CONVENTION DESTINATION
The World Baseball Classic 2011, a major international baseball event organized by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), will be held from the 1st to the 15th of October, welcoming 16 countries, as well as thousands of journalists and fans from all over. Almost simultaneously, more than 5,000 delegates from UN, hundred of journalists and international observers will be gathering in Panama for their preparatory meeting on the upcoming Climate Summit COP 17.
It’s a fact; today more and more meetings and conventions managers are choosing Panama as the destination for their events. Some of the scheduled major events scheduled for February 2012 are: the renowned "Latin American Ironman Championship," the most important of the region which expects 4,500 athletes to attend; the Herbalife Extravaganza Convention, with nearly 9,000 attendees from the distribution and sales departments; and the Brahman Cattle World Congress, with more than 3,000 delegates.
The Tourism Authority of Panama has been developing important initiatives and incentive policies to attract the meeting & conventions segment, among them is the Atlapa Convention Center offer of a complementary event for a group of more than 500 rooms with a minimum stay of 3 nights, as well as the free health insurance for tourists in case of an emergency. The service is offered to all tourists entering Panama by the Tocumen International Airport and covers visitors for the first 30 days of their stay.
Atlapa Convention Center is an eight hectare complex with a capacity for up to 10,500 people, 24 meeting rooms with a 2,806 seat beautiful theater / auditorium, equipped with comfortable armchairs, and offering a variety of facilities and services. Moreover, Panama offers 4 and 5 stars hotels with around 240,000 square foot of space that will double simultaneously the capacity of Atlapa.
Panama’s strategic geographical location, warm climate throughout the year, beaches, hotel infrastructure and important air connectivity, has been captivating the attention of the meetings & conventions sector.
Panama is an authentic unexplored destination with an exuberant natural habitat and an enchanting history; a gem hidden between two seas. Panama’s prime location, in the center of the continent, allows it to be the main air hub in Latin America. The country offers stunning landscapes and diverse ecosystems in forests, beaches, mountains and the Canal Zone, as well as an exquisite combination of rich ethnic and colonial past favorable to the prosperity and benefits of modernity. The Panama Canal, or eighth wonder of the world, is a symbol of an entrepreneur country that besides being a logistics center for excellence, it is the most important financial center of the Americas and home to major multinational corporations and free trade zone. UNESCO has declared the Old Quarter of the capital, Panama City, a World Heritage Site. Panama has natural attractions, services, hotels and a massive Convention Center to receive the adventure and leisure traveler, as well as the business visitors. www.visitpanama.com / www.atlapa.gob.pa
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