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Open Call for Prison Guards

Sign ups are now open for a three-month training course for penitentiary guards. Participants will be paid $375 a month during training and be provided with housing, food, health insurance and medical care. Applicants should be between 20 and 35 years old, over 5.6-feet tall if male and over 5.2 feet tall if female, be…

Panama Hotels Lower Rates

Hotels in Panama City are lowering rates in response to the surplus of hotel rooms. Over the last three years, the number of hotel rooms has grown by 40 percent, and another 4,000 rooms are expected to come online over the next 24 months. Despite the four percent growth in visitors during the first nine…

Big Fines for Short-Term Rentals are Coming

Panama’s Tourism Authority announced that it will fine individuals or companies that rent apartments or condominiums for periods of less than 45 days. The enforcement of this short-term apartment rental ban has been under discussion for years, with the Panamanian Hotel Association complaining that the practice harms the hotel industry. And, the number of hotel…

New Women’s Prison is Coming

Panama’s women’s prison will move to Pacora, not far from the La Joya and La Joyita men’s prisons. “There is a project to change the location, because [its current location] is not the most appropriate,” President Ricardo Martinelli said of the prison’s central location on Domingo Diaz Avenue. The government notes that the new location…

Esplendor Hotel Checks Out of Panama Operation

The Esplendor hotel chain has closed its doors in Panama City. Operated by the Argentinian Fën franchise, the 100-room condo-hotel opened in 2010 in the financial district with an investment of $30 million. Managers, however, say that the decision to close was due to the rapid growth of the Panama City hotel room supply and  Esplendor’s…