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About Panama & The CONGRESS Venue


The most cosmopolitan capital in Central America, Panama City is both a vibrant metropolis and gateway to tropical escapes. Connecting the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean, Panama City is a regional hub of trade, business, and immigration. Its 48-mile canal has made Panama famous worldwide, as each year over a million people visit this engineering marvel which operates 365 days a year.

Its unique geographic location is home to beautiful beaches and natural landscapes, rich culture, and endless tourist activities. In contrast to the modernism of Panama City, Casco Viejo (or the Old Quarter), located within the city and a UNESCO protected district neighborhood, holds the colonial-style richness of Panama.

With a privileged location that offers easy access to major airlines at Tocumen International Airport, the Banking Center, modern office hubs, and magnificent hotel properties, Panama City is a unique Central American destination that well suited for both business and pleasure. Enjoy Panama, a blending of landscapes and city skyline with a colonial richness. 



why panama is the place to go in 2019! 

Panama is turning 500!

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Panama takes its parties seriously, and 2019 could mark the country’s most evolved fiesta yet. Panama City—the oldest continuously occupied European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas—is turning 500. Ancient walls, glassy skyscrapers, and a mix of African, Native Panamanian, and Spanish cultures have all played a part in forming the frenetic “Miami of Central America.” Lately, however, Panama has become more focused on preserving its treasures. Head to the historic quarter of Casco Viejo and you’ll find innovative restaurants built inside restored colonial buildings. Meanwhile, on remote islands where hiking trails are peppered with Pre-Columbian era pottery and protected wildlife, new eco-resorts are finally putting Panama on the map for sustainable tourism.

For most, a visit to the isthmus country begins with a quick stop in the capital city before jetting off to nature. Learn the greeting “que sopa” (local slang for what’s up?) and you’ll have no problem making friends. While you’re there, check the big one off your list: the Panama Canal, a maritime trading conduit that was controlled by the U.S. for over a century before being turned over to Panama in 1999. Over the past 20 years, Panama has come into its own more than ever before. Cultural progress is most visible in Casco Viejo, the city’s old town, which has transformed into a stylish hotspot and UNESCO World Heritage Site rolled into one.

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Ten facts about panama

  1. Panama is the most southern country in Central America, bordering Costa Rica on its north and Colombia on its south. 
  2. Panama has a population of just over 3.3 million people, making it approximately the 131st most populated country in the world. 
  3. The official language in Panama is Spanish although a large number of Panamanians are bilingual with English being the most common second langague
  4. Panama is a democratic republic 
  5. Up to 1821 Panama was a Spanish colony, orriginally settled in the sixteenth century 
  6. Panama's flag is a rectangle split into quarters. The flag was designed by the son of Manuel Amador Guerro, the man who went on to become Panama's first President. 
  7. Panama's official currency is the balbao. One balboa is equal to one US dollar. 
  8. Panama hats didn't originate in Panama - they actually originated from Ecuador 
  9. The Panama Canal is an important and busy trade and commercial route allowing vessels to cross from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific with relative ease. 
  10. All vessels going through Panama Canal have to pay a toll. The toll is based on the type of vessel, its size and its cargo. The highest toll paid was $376,000 by the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship in 2010. The lowest toll was .36 cents charged to Richard Halliburton who swam the canal in 1928. 



Atlapa Convention Center offers a great location in the heart of Panama City, only minutes from the Banking Center and the International Airport. Atlapa Convention Center is the most important convention venue in Panama and Central America.

It is located at Av 5 B Sur, Panama, Panama 

This fabulous 8-acre complex borders the Pacific Ocean and offers a maximum events capacity of up to 10,500 attendees. Among its events, Atlapa Convention Center hosted the 7th Summit of the Americas in 2015 with Presidents and government representatives of all the Americas.

The venue blends the richness of the Panamanian culture with the modern technology of the 21st century. A 20 minute drive from the airport, take a shuttle to the ATLAPA convention centre and start your IPA 2019 experience. 

To learn more about the venue, click here.