Industry Updates

JANUARY 2023

The new Chitré Convention Center will open its doors in the first quarter of this year

In the first quarter of this year, the new Chitré Convention Center could be opening its doors, in the province of Herrera. The new convention center, which is 98% complete, will be operated by the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP).

During a tour of the work, the administrator of the ATP, Iván Eskildsen, explained that the new convention center in Chitré adds to the infrastructure that Panama has to develop the strategy of convention, incentive and business tourism according to the Plan Master of Sustainable Tourism.

As part of the tour carried out in the province, Eskildsen inaugurated three photographic hostels installed in Chitré, Las Minas and Los Cerritos de Los Pozos.

Developing. In the first quarter of this year, the new Chitré Convention Center could be opening its doors, in the province of Herrera.

The new convention center, which is 98% complete, will be operated by the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP).  During a tour of the work, the administrator of the ATP, Iván Eskildsen, explained that the new convention center in Chitré adds to the infrastructure that Panama has to develop the strategy of convention, incentive and business tourism according to the Plan Master of Sustainable Tourism.

As part of the tour carried out in the province, Eskildsen inaugurated three photographic hostels installed in Chitré, Las Minas and Los Cerritos de Los Pozos. 

 

About Chitre, Herrera province

Chitre is known as the city that grows.  As the capital of Herrera province,  it stands as the entry point to Azuero peninsula.  Flying to Chitre gives you easy access to beaches like Pedasi, Playa Venao and Cambutal, as to Las Tablas, capital of Los Santos province.

This city is a business center with banks, shopping centers, restaurants, hospitals and even a convention center.  Its development has helped increase hotel options as Cubita Boutique Resort, Gran Hotel Azuero and Los Guayacanes hotel.

The name "Chitre" originates from Chitra an indigenous tribe that lived in the area. Since 1558 existed a village making it one of the most ancient in Panama.  Chitre was founded in 1848 before Herrera province was created in 1915.  Originally was the capital of Herrera and Los Santos but later divided by La Villa river.

The Azuero region is known as the center of Panamanian folklore.  Visit the Herrera Museum,  located in a colonial house, to see cultural and archeological exhibits.  Parque Union is the epicenter of Chitre located next to San Juan Bautista cathedral built between 1896 and 1910.

Holidays: Chitre is famous for its carnivals.  Check the dates as they vary each year.  You can appreciate parades with "Queens" from Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo, and enjoy the famous ‘mojaderas’ or wet parties.  This celebration is also repeated at a lower scale during New Year's eve.  Corpus Christi is also celebrated in Chitre, La Villa de Los Santos and Parita.

The second Saturday in January you can enjoy the "Thousand Polleras" parade in  Las Tablas.  The International Azuero Fair happens in La Villa de Los Santos and activates trading in the region.  Hundreds of exhibitors offer their agricultural, commercial and handcraft products and services.

La Arena: Visiting Chitre means a mandatory stop in La Arena.  This small town is located at 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from downtown and is known for its craftsmanship in all forms, shapes and colors.  You can even try to make your own with the help of the experienced craftsmen.  La Arena is also famous for its bread which provides a characteristic aroma to the town. Visitors can buy bread, pastries and cookies. 

Sarigua: Sarigua National Park or ‘Sarigua Dessert’ as commonly known, is located in Parita.  Around 11,000 years ago was a fishermen village and then an agricultural village between 3,000 BC y 500 AC.  These indigenous people lived near the sea in a vast territory called "Albina" that suffered a process called salinization.  The salt in the soil has caused the area to look like a dessert covering 80% of the 8,000 hectares (19,768 acres) of Sarigua National Park.  There is a small visitors' center that provides information about the place. 

Las Macanas wetlands:  With 1,200 hectares (2965 acres), Las Macanas wetlands is the largest wetland system located in the central provinces.  This zone is located near Divisa and it is protected by the Ministry of Environment of Panama since 1996.  Most of its visitors are ornithologists as you can see a wide variety of birds all year.  The best time of the year for this is between December and April when migratory birds arrive with over 126 different species.  The Las Macanas wetlands you can also find different species of turtles, caimans and fish. 

San Isidro ranch: Don José Varela Blanco founded in Pese the first sugar mill in the country known as “Varela Hermanos”.  In 1969 they moved to San Isidro ranch located about 40 minutes from Chitre.  This ranch has 1,600 hectares (3953 acres) of sugar cane which is harvested between January and May each year.  During the tour you can learn the process to produce Ron Abuelo and Seco Herrerano.  Then you can taste the liquors and a Panamanian style lunch.

Panama is the most advanced country in Central America, best known for its Interoceanic Canal, for its Banking Area, and for its Free Zone.

It is a beautiful and exotic tropical paradise, two and a half hours from Miami, located on a narrow strip of land that connects North America with South America.

Panama is located in Central America, bordering on the southeast of Costa Rica. There are daily direct flights to Panama from Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, South America and the Caribbean. Traveling by plane to Panama from Miami takes 2.5 hours and most cruise ships also disembark at its ports.

Panama has received the highest rating in tourism security by the world-renowned Pinkerton Intelligence Agency. The stability of the government has been characterized for decades and the local population sees tourists and foreign investors as friends who help in the development of the local economy.

Unlike its neighbors, Panama is not affected by hurricanes or earthquakes. Additionally, Panama has different types of climates ranging from the cold in the high mountains to the heat of its beautiful beaches in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans as well as the tropics in its forested areas.

The temperature is usually warm in the lowlands throughout the year with high temperatures of 90ºF and low temperatures of 72ºF. The temperature in the mountains is much cooler and the rainfall is more intense on the Caribbean side and less on the Pacific coast side, which is where Panama City is located.

Panama has many natural resources to enjoy such as its beautiful beaches along the Pacific and Atlantic beaches, exuberant vegetation, with a great diversity of flora and fauna, numerous islands along its coasts, beautiful coral collections, and a great variety of peaces in its seas. Panama is a tropical paradise to discover and enjoy.

The AARP Magazine (American Association of Retired Persons) has classified Panama as one of the four most important destinations to live abroad. If you have dreamed of finding a tropical paradise with white sands, beautiful landscapes, rich biodiversity, all kinds of modern life facilities and a population that invites you to feel at home, then Panama is your ideal destination.

  • Tropical climate all year
  • Cold if you go to the mountains
  • Lush vegetation and fauna
  • Beautiful beaches on the Atlantic and the Pacific
  • You can choose between living in the capital, cities in the interior, countryside, mountains, lakes, beaches and rivers

  • top quality water
  • air without pollution
  • Free movement of the dollar
  • Special discounts for all seniors in shops and services
  • international banking center
  • Great opportunities to invest
  • The best malls in America
  • Numerous housing projects with very affordable prices, for all economic levels
  • Numerous restaurants with international cuisine, Mexican, Argentine, Brazilian, Swiss, German, Spanish, Indian, Arabic, Panamanian and many more
  • Events, fairs, large parades, art exhibitions, concerts, plays, day and night entertainment, as well as internal tourism.
  • International schools in English
  • prestigious universities
  • democratic government
  • Stable economy
  • Excellent communications system
  • Labor at affordable prices

General Information about Panama

 Panama is a sovereign country of America that is located in the extreme southeast of Central America, which is also its subdivision. Its official name is the Republic of Panama and its capital is Panama City. The republic is made up of 9 provinces and 6 indigenous regions. It limits to the North with the Caribbean Sea, to the South with the Pacific Ocean, to the East with Colombia and to the West with Costa Rica. It has an extension of 77,082 km². Located on the isthmus that joins South America with Central America, its mountainous territory is only interrupted by the Panama Canal. Its population is 3,474,562 inhabitants.

 Official Name: Republic of Panama.

Capital: Panama City.

Nationality: Panamanian.

Land Area, Population and Density: 75,517 Km2. squares; 2,839,177 inhabitants, 81 inhabitants per square mile.

Political Division: 9 provinces and 6 counties.

Government: Presidential Republic.

Official language: SPANISH.

Other Languages: English.

Climate: Tropical and the temperature is usually uniform throughout the year. The average temperature is 27 degrees C.

Catolic religion.

Currency: The Balboa and the U.S. dollar. Panama's own coins are equivalent in size and value to those of the United States.

Welcome to Panama

Geographically located in Central America and bathed by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Panama has a strategic position to unite the American continent with the world, thanks to the Panama Canal and the Hub of the Americas, through its national and international airlines.

With its sustained economic growth and a great opening to foreign investment, Panama has become the center of many businesses, as well as the residence of citizens from all over the world, who are looking for a friendly, comfortable, safe, economical and beautiful place.

Panama welcomes everyone and Tsar Events Panama will be happy to assist you with any possible needs in Panama Republic!

Tsar Events PANAMA DMC & PCO team will help you with reservation in any hotel in Panama or with planning of any event there.

We opened our office in Panama in 2016. Since then we provided incoming services in Panama for thousands satisfied clients from different countries.

Tsar Events Panama DMC will help you with ANY activity in Panama Republic. It can be:

  • Business Meetings & Conference
  • Incentive programs
  • Special Events
  • Site-inspections & Famtrips
  • Event Design, Décor & Production
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Entertainment
  • Dining Experience
  • Tour Program
  • Team Building & CSR
  • Accommodation selection

If you need anything in Panama Republic, we will be happy to help you to plan and operate your event or program.  

Please, look at SAMPLE PROGRAM that we have prepared for you to show what can be organized for your clients in Panama.

Just let me know and we’ll prepare tailor made program for you to face all your individual requirements.

Tsar Events Panama DMC can help you with your clients who wants to have private tailor-made program while their ship stops in Panama port. We provide all types of Ground Handling Services for Cruise Lines in Panama ports.

For Groups & Individual guests arriving to Panama by Cruise ships we will help you with:

  • Tailor made shore excursions, cultural sightseeing, outdoor adventures, discovery tours 
  • Private Transportation & Guides for tailor made itineraries (WE OWN OUR OWN FLEET)
  • Delightful lunch & Dining, Dine around, Gala dinners, Catering services
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Hotel sugestions & booking
  • Limousine & Private Cars & VIP Sevices
  • Musical Enterainement & Performers, Shows
  • Co-ordinating pre and post-cruise stays (hotels, transfers and assistance)
  • Other Destination Management Services