With a rich, cultured history, an expanding airport and excellent-value accommodations, Panama has become a favourite among planners and clients alike for meetings and incentive programs.
While you may have heard of Panama being compared to neighbouring Costa Rica – and it does have a rainforest component in its own right – it would be fairer to compare it to other bustling cities. In fact, you could go as far as calling Panama City a mini Dubai. With a series of tall, slender buildings along the skyline, Panama City offers architects and engineers an opportunity to explore creativity and modern design as the destination is not prone to earthquakes or hurricanes. Today’s metropolitan aesthetic in combination with a rich history and exposure to the rainforest position Panama as a unique destination to host custom events or incentive programs designed to impress your attendees.
Groups of any size can be accommodated comfortably for a variety of meetings or incentives in Panama. Most of the hotels are relatively new with good amenities and meeting space.
Located only 20 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the Panama Canal, the Hard Rock Hotel Megapolis offers the best of both worlds: quiet, large event space with city-centre views as well as the lively atmosphere you’d expect of the Hard Rock. This property features over 50, 000 square feet of meeting space, 11 bars, four restaurants, a spa, a rooftop lounge and much more.
In nearby Playa Bonita, Panama’s resort area, the Westin Playa Bonita is located on a mile-long beach, surrounded by tropical rainforest. This hotel features the Westin’s signature contemporary style with ample meeting space for incentive programs. A 13, 500 square foot grand ballroom is just one of 22 multi-function rooms available in addition to outdoor space overlooking the ocean. Most notably, the Westin is also home to Casa Naga. This outstanding venue is the private home of one of Panama’s most prominent developers and creates an ever-lasting impression for any group dinner. Ideal for a memorable welcome or farewell!
Directly next door to the Westin, the Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa has been recently renovated, including the meeting space, and offers beautiful grounds and a variety of meeting areas. This November, it will officially become a Dreams resort.
These properties represent only a handful of hotel options within Panama but what really stands out about each of them is their close proximity to unique venues, such as the Biomuseo which contains eight exhibitions to honour Panama’s biodiversity. It’s located on the Amador Causeway and was designed by renowned architect Frank Gerhy – the architecture alone is reason enough to see it but its one-of-a-kind atmosphere is ideal for evening dinner events or hosted activities.
Interesting Facts About This Incentive Destination
1.There are a variety of tour options to accommodate all group sizes and interests – everything from historic district walks to canal cruises and rainforest exploration.
2. Tocumen International Airport is undergoing an expansion, set to be completed in 2022, to accommodate up to 18 million passengers.
3.Direct flights to Panama are scheduled from both Toronto and Montreal multiple times a week. Additional flights, with connections in the US, are widely available.
4.Panama Canal was built between 1904 and 1914 and was recently expanded to accommodate larger vessels. It’s an important part of Panama’s history and economy and a must-see for anyone visiting the city.
5.Panama offers a rare opportunity to see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
Whether you have a group of 50 or 500, Panama is a must-consider. This destination is rich on opportunity for a variety of custom functions and budget sizes. , Steadily growing and easy to access, it is ideal for accommodating large incentive travel groups.
To learn more about hosting meetings and incentive programs in Panama, or for help deciding if this destination is right for you, please contact us today.
Filed by: Karen Bradford