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Monday, June 24 2019 @ 02:00 PM UTC

Panama's Minister of Tourism Defends "Carrot Law"

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying#Panama - The administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority, Salo Shamah, changed his mind on the new "Carrot Law." Although at first he was one of the opponents of the implementation of this regulation, now he says the measure is necessary, and he denied it might have negative effects on the development of tourism in the country. He explained that according to studies, most people who visit other countries do not stay out past 2:00 am on the streets, because they are in places they don't know well. About the fact that the measure may represent unfair competition between nightclubs and hotels, which will continue operating past 2:00 am and 3:00 am, Samah considered it unlikely that people are willing to pay a higher price on alcoholic drinks. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Shamah is in Ricardo Martinelli's back pocket, so of course he's going to support the "Carrot Law" and not go against the wishes of his boss. And he's also in the back pocket of the hotel owners in Panama, and that's why the hotels and casinos are excluded from this law. Interestingly enough, it now appears that Panama City Mayor Bosco Vallarino has discovered he has the legal authority to regulate the operating hours of bars and casinos, so he's thinking about implementing a new municipal regulation to shut down the sales of alcohol in hotels, bars, casinos, and 24 hours supermarkets, all of whom are currently exempted from the new "Carrot Law." This, of course, a move from a Panameńista politician to screw with the CD. Politics, it's all politics.

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