Year 10 Vol.1  Issue 138
Panama, A Humming Destination
In this issue, we feature one of our jewel destinations: Panama. Several events of all kinds have taken place here and have been successful to the delight of the attendees. What accounts for this? It is the unique combination of breathtaking nature, tourism infrastructure, and a professional and seasoned staff backing our customers. Your professional partners in Panama cleverly use the wow factor to enamor our clients with the charming hospitality that characterizes our people. Please read on to see what your group can expect while visiting Panama. 

A Rich Mix of Cultures
As a meeting point in the history of the countries of Latin America, Panama is a country forged by various cultures and traditions. These come together to create a unique complexity and exotic environment that will surely captivate you. The country’s ethnic diversity is reflected in the traditional products, such as woodcarvings, ceremonial masks and pottery, as well as in its architecture, cuisine, and festivals. The various indigenous groups of Panama live harmoniously with the rest of the country as they add a touch of beauty, color, and the essence of a true exchange of races, which is of interest for our many tourists to appreciate this fact.  (See p. 5)
Panama's Many Sides
On Panama's Pacific coast, just outside of the capital's limits, lies a series of white sandy beaches and beautiful blue waters... 

Twenty years ago, the Caribbean coast of Panama was practically unknown... (See pp. 6-9)

Carnival
Panama Carnivals are celebrated for four  consecutive days, prior to Ash Wednesday. This Festivity ends Tuesday night with the burial of the sardine. The Panamanian Carnival begin in the morning with the "mojaderas" or "culecos" that are performed in public or private places (See p. 9)
Feria del Mar
Bocas Del Toro’s Feria del Mar, or Fair of the Sea, began as a festival to celebrate fishermen’s traditions. But over the last 50 years, the Feria has evolved into a four-day event that draws thousands of people to the archipelago each September. With the perfect mix of sun, sand, thrill rides, sports and local arts and crafts, people from all around Panama join thousands of tourists from neighboring countries to enjoy this incredible event. A vacation to Bocas during the Feria time will never be forgotten. (See p. 9)
Let's Cook 
Geisha: Panama's Superb Coffee

Panama’s coffee has received well-deserved international recognition in recent years. In fact, today it is considered one of the best coffees in the world. Popular domestic brands include: Kotowa, Cafe Unido, Duran, and Cafe Ruiz. The soil and climate of the Chiriquí highlands contributes greatly to a variety known as Geisha, originally from Ethiopia. This blend has proved to be one of the world's best coffees.  (See p. 14)

DQuest
DQuest.travel is a dynamic portal! It was created to assist Meeting Planners in easily locating ideal destinations, hotels, services, and activities within the group market in Latin America.  (See pp. 12,13)
Quick Hits:
Dr. Travel's
Travel Tip: Sleep

When I asked Joseph Sugarman, founder of BluBlockers Sunglasses, how he made air travel more comfortable, more enjoyable, he said, “Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.” And Sugarman is not alone. (See p. 15)

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Like life, the Travel and Hospitality Industries seem to move at the speed of light. As a committed B2B partner, we aim to help you keep up with the latest industry news and opportunities. CommuniQuest Incentive Travel Guide is a valuable tool that brings you the timely information and analysis that you need, with a flair for what's hot, relevant and interesting. No matter where your group is heading, we look forward to making YOU LOOK GREAT during your next event! 

Sincerely,
Jose-Manuel GARCIA, CDS
Visonary, Founder, &
Master Coach IVI DMC²
Jose- Manuel (Manolo) GARCIA, CIS, CMS
Second Generation, Innovator, &
President IVI DM C ²
Destinations
Mexico
 
IVI DMC² Cancun & Riviera Maya
Raquel MIJARES, CIS
Marketing, Business & Planning Director

IVI DMC² Mexico City, Central Mexico,
Puerto Vallarta, & Riviera Nayarit
Jaime NELO, DMCP, CMS
Destination Managing Director

IVI DMC² Los Cabos
Yazmin ELOSEGUI
Destination Managing Director
Caribbean

IVI DMC² Cuba
Alejandro DEBASA, CMS
Regional Managing Director

IVI DMC² Dominican Republic
Ramon RIJO, CIS
Regional Managing Director
Central America
 
IVI DMC² Costa Rica
Sonia VARGAS
Destination Manager

IVI DMC² Panama
Ligia VARGAS, CIS
Regional Managing Director
South America

IVI DMC² South America
Jorge OROZCO, DMCP
Regional Managing Director