In January 2012, The
New York Times published an article entitled “The 45 Places to Go in 2012.”
Topping the list was the Republic of Panama, the southernmost Central American
country. Panama is famous for its canal, which was built from 1904 to 1914 by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 2000, Panama took over control of this canal
and its economy has been flourishing, making it a popular discount airline ticket destination.
Panama has the fastest growing, and third to fourth largest,
economy within Central America. Construction is booming in its capital, Panama
City, and immigrants from around the globe are relocating there. In October
2011, the Obama administration passed the Unites States-Panama free trade
agreement, which should accelerate the exchange of money and people between the
The 51-mile Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans via the Caribbean Sea, is in the initial stages of expansion. The
project will double the cargo capacity of the canal, substantially increasing
international maritime trade. With an expected completion date of 2014, time is
limited for travelers to see the original design of the canal. They should also
check out the Trump Ocean Club, the tallest building in the region.
Discounts for airline
tickets free up some cash for travel spending. Visitors to Panama can spend
this money to stay at The Waldorf Astoria Panama, a brand new Panamanian hotel
featuring rooms, suites, and apartments. This is the first Waldorf Astoria
hotel in Latin America and reservations are currently being accepted for
January 1, 2013, and later arrival dates.
Panama is undergoing a transformation that extends to its
Casco Viejo historic quarter. Once dilapidated, this neighborhood has become an
upscale arts district featuring galleries and trendy restaurants and hotels. Travelers
who are interested in experiencing Panama should click here to find discount airline tickets.