Travel industry Archive

Panama City Airport in Style at the Copa Club Lounge

What’s the definition of “luxury” when you’ve been traveling for 8, 12, 16 hours already and you’re facing a long layover at an airport? Your hierarchy of needs probably has a whole different list of items than it will when you’ve finally gotten to where you’re going. For me, I’d been on the move since […]

In Rio, Hotel Alternatives Can Be the Best Option

We’ve written several times before about how Brazil is so inexplicably short on luxury hotel options. Despite a fairly robust tourism business, loads of business travelers, and a relatively wealthy population these days, finding a nice place to stay can be really tough. If you haven’t booked your hotel room yet for the Olympics, you’re […]

Mexico Celebrates a Record Year for Tourism

It looks like Mexico is back in the groove. At the Tianguis Turistico conference I attended last week, government officials and the private sector were celebrating impressive growth numbers and a new record for the number of foreign visitors. It’s one thing when a tiny country with less than a million annual visitors posts double-digit […]

Inside the Trump Ocean Club, Panama City’s Iconic Project

In Panama City, the real estate gold rush of the last 10 years centered on the Trump Ocean Club, the iconic tower that brought international prestige to the Panama property market. The project was the first Trump-branded development in Central America, exposing Panama City to a new generation of  investors and second home buyers. When […]

Good News/Bad News in the Airline World

We’ve been watching announcements about new air routes opening up to the countries we cover with joy, but that’s been tempered by a general devaluation among the frequent flyer programs. So those U.S. airlines adding more routes are generally the ones treating you the worst in terms of perks. For the good news, we’re seeing […]

Gourmet Cuisine in Costa Rica?

There are a hundred reasons to visit Central America, but the food isn’t usually one of them. It’s long been a mystery to travelers with a discerning palate: how can a region that grows so many wonderful ingredients produce such unimaginative food, even in nice restaurants? Why does all the culinary creativity stop as soon […]