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Cerro Punta


TOURISM


Golf tourism rapidly growing


Donald Trump and his hotel Ocean Trump Tower, that was inaugurated in Panama’s Punta Pacifica in July 2011, to the US chain Marriott which signed an agreement to build a beach resort at Casamar, on the Pacific coast, every worldwide renowned hotel chain now has a foot in Panama and in its trendy Pacific


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he beautiful, quiet and cosy boutique Hotel DeVille


(www.devillehotel.com.pa) is strategically located in the centre of the banking district of Panama. Most of the law firms, banks, insurance and investment companies’ headquarters can be found within walking distance from the hotel. Its French architecture and classic comfort give the DeVille Hotel a charming ambiance, enhanced by a refined decoration with French colonial furniture and old prints and paintings that chronicle the early days of the Panama Canal construction.


The guests will find the emblematic boutique hotel concept of ‘personalised service’ taken to such new heights that you can even get your own private gym equipment installed in the spacious oversized rooms, or use the private meetings rooms free of charge and of course enjoy all those other amenities that make business visitors’ stays as comfortable as possible.


The hotel has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, being the pioneer of


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boutique hotels in Panama, with a well established clientele of returning customers during those years because of its environment of maximum comfort, service and advanced technology. All rooms have sleeping, sitting and working areas, with user friendly Wi-Fi Internet connections in all areas,. The larger suites even having a separate office space, for working in private,


meetings or interviews.


For those who want to interrupt, or maybe even continue, their business while savouring a delicious meal and excellent wine, the DeVille’s restaurant Alkimia offers Mediterranean fusion cuisine, and ‘tapas’ for the cocktail hour, in the same informal atmosphere that makes this hotel a true ‘home away from home’ in every aspect.


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ourism is growing as hotels mushroom in the Capital City, on the Pacific coast and in every corner of the country. From


coast. Tourism has become one of the pillars of Panama’s economy with the number of visitors increasing every year and projected to rise to nearly 2m in 2011. Internal tourism, in the provinces, is also on the rise.


The Chiriqui province, near the border of Costa Rica, attracts tourists during the dry season – January to April – where deep sea fishing is all year round and where white-sand beaches stretch to infinity with resorts on luxury deserted


island destinations, such as Cala Mia Resort, that offers comfort and all the amenities, pools, spa and even a French- trained chef.


Visiting the Chiriqui highlands is like travelling to ‘a little place in Europe’, with its cool temperatures during the day and chill in the evening. Swiss styled-chalets with bright flowers and hoardes of horses galloping in green- manicured pastures are the constant sceneries of the province, particularly in


A boutique hotel in the business district


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