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Air France Expanding Panama Flights

 More flights to Panama City By the Caribbean Journal staff Air France is expanding its service to Panama City, the company announced. The increased service will mean six weekly flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Panama City Tocumen, launching in …

Copa Launching Flights to Belize

 A new destination for the rapidly-growing carrier Above: the Cayo Espanto resort in Belize By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Starting this December, Copa Airlines will be offering its first-ever service to Belize. The Panama-based carrier will be operating two weekly direct flights …

Rum Journal: Bacardi Buys Banks Rum

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Global rum giant Bacardi has expanded its rum portfolio with the acquisition of Banks Rum, the company announced. Banks, which is based in Switzerland, is the creation of master blender Arnaud de Trabuc, the former …

LATEST NEWS

 Above: a Copa plane By Dana Niland CJ Contributor Copa Airlines has officially launched nonstop service between Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. With the new service, New Orleans becomes the airline’s 11th US …

 Above: Mantra By the Caribbean Journal staff Another new hotel is in development in Bocas del Toro off the Caribbean coast of Panama. London-based Union Hanover Securities has launched its second hotel in the area, Mantra. The property, which will …

 Above: a Copa plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Copa Airlines is planning to launch daily nonstop flights between Panama and San Francisco, Calif., the company announced. The US city will be the Panama-based carrier’s 12th US destination. “Copa Airlines …

 Above: the soon-to-debut Secrets in Panama By the Caribbean Journal staff AMResorts’ regional expansion is showing no signs of slowing down. After deals for new properties in Aruba and Mexico, parent company Apple Leisure Group announced the signing of a …

 Don Pancho. It’s more than a name. It is legend. Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez has had one of the rum industry’s storied careers, one that has taken him from Cuba, where he served as a Maestro Ronero for a decade, …

 Above: a Boeing 737 MAX By the Caribbean Journal staff One of the Caribbean Basin’s leading carriers is getting bigger. Panama-based Copa Airlines recently agreed with Boeing on the purchase of 61 new 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft. The …

 By Paul HayCJ Contributor “With the widening of the Panama Canal and construction of a second canal in Nicaragua, a significant increase in trade and investment can be expected in the Caribbean Basin. So, improving competitiveness of local firms is …

 Above: Panama City By the Caribbean Journal staff Starwood is planning to debut a new W Hotel in the region, the company announced. The W Panama is slated to open in 2017 near the Zona Rosa neighbourhood of Panama City. …

 Above: the new Hampton by Hilton Panama By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean Basin’s hotel boom is surging. Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of its latest hotel in the region this week, the new Hampton by Hilton Panama in …

 Above: a map of the quake (graphic: USGS) By the Caribbean Journal staff A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica and Panama on Saturday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake, which occurred at a depth of …

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from CJ reader Peter Stuart, who sent in this photo of the Ole Panama Hat shop in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Do you have a great photo of the Caribbean? Send it to news@caribjournal.com …

 Above: a map of the quake (graphic: USGS) By the Caribbean Journal staff An earthquake caused shaking in the border region between Panama and Colombia late Thursday evening, according to data from the United States Geological Survey. The 5.1-magnitude quake …

 Above: the new Hyatt Place hotel in Panama By the Caribbean Journal staff The first Hyatt Place hotel has opened in Panama. The Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown is the first Hyatt-branded hotel to enter the Panamanian market, and the latest …

 Above: Panama By the Caribbean Journal staff Property and development consultants BCQS International is expanding its reach into Panama. The firm announced Tuesday that it would be joining forces with Edward McGrath & Associates in Panama. The companies are embarking …

 Above: the Caribbean’s most expensive Panama hat at Olé (All photos by CJ) By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Would you pay $3,000 for this Panama hat (above)? Chances are someone will. After all, the most expensive hat ever sold by Olé, …