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NBC Today Show With Matt Lauer - Panama Featured By Travel and Leisure Magazine As Top Destination For 2012

Travel & TourismBy DON WINNER for - More than 2 million people visited Panama as tourists during 2011. This was the first time the "2 million" barrier was broken - up from 1.4 million tourists in 2008. Panama has been enjoying an uninterrupted economic boom with steady and significant growth in the nation's Gross Domestic Product since 2003. More and more foreigners are "discovering" Panama as a destination for both travel as tourists and to live full time as expatriates. There are now an estimated 40,000 Americans living in Panama full time, for example, and many more who visit regularly or who spend part of the year here as "snowbirds." And just as winter is starting to kick in up North, down here the dry season - known locally as "verano" (summer) is starting to make its presence known. If you're just starting to investigate Panama, the best time of the year weather wise are the months of January, February and March, with less rain, blue skies with white puffy clouds, lower humidity, and gentle breezes. Generally speaking the worse the weather is up North, the better it is down here, and it lasts until Spring.

Panama Featured On NBC Today Show This Morning: I got a tip this morning (thanks, Joe) that Panama was being featured on the NBC Today Show with Matt Lauer in a piece entitled "12 Must See Travel Destinations For 2012" (click the link to see the video). There were several destinations highlighted in the piece and the part about Panama was very well done, at least the video part of the segment. Of course for all of you who follow this website regularly Panama isn't a hidden secret or a surprise destination, and you've already discovered Panama's charms. In the piece they sort of say "get down to Panama before everyone else finds out about it, before it's too late." Of course I love this kind of publicity and exposure for Panama as a travel destination, because all of that turns into traffic to this website. Even if they did focus on a museum that's not open yet and the expansion of the Panama Canal that tourists can't really see. Whatever. Buzz is buzz. Here's the text of the interview:

  • "Matt: Few locations make the list down south, st. vin gent acent and the gr grenadines, but your pick is panama.

  • Nilou: If you've been to Belize and craving the Central American excitement this is the place to go. Frank Gehry is building a "bio museo", a museum devoted to biodiversity. The panama canal is having a $5.6 billion expansion happening in a couple of years.

  • Matt: accommodate the super ships...

  • Nilou: ...and great hotels, Manray, a great hotel.

  • Matt: We were there for "where in the world" and we saw a lot of americans and all said they loved it.

  • Nilou: Go before it changes. This is the moment to go."

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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NBC Today Show With Matt Lauer - Panama Featured By Travel and Leisure Magazine As Top Destination For 2012
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, December 28 2011 @ 08:22 PM UTC

They should have said go before it changes any more! Its changed a lot!