On November 16, Lufthansa will begin serving Panama City five times a week using Airbus A340-300 widebodies, each configured to seat 298 passengers for use by its leisure market-oriented ‘Jump’ operation.

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AeroMexico is launching daily service between Mexico City and Panama’s capital Panama City on May 14. Panama City will become the Mexican airline’s 16th destination in Latin America, according to AeroMexico.

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Panama’s Copa Airlines will launch new services this year from Panama City to Montreal in Canada, Fort Lauderdale in Florida, and Georgetown in Guyana. The new destinations will bring Copa Airlines’ route network to a total of 69 destinations in 30 countries.

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Copa Airlines will offer the first non-stop scheduled flight from Boston Logan International Airport to Latin America when the Star Alliance member begins daily service from Boston to Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport on July 10.

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Copa Airlines is increasing its service between the airline’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama’s capital Panama City and Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport to four times a week from December 17.

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Hard Rock International plans to open the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis in December as its 16th property and its first in Latin America. The 66-story hotel, located in Panama City a few miles from the Panama Canal, will offer panoramic views of the city and Panama Bay.

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Panama’s Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service four times a week between Panama City and Brazil’s capital Brasilia on June 18.

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Though the historic district of Casco Viejo is best-known as a destination for leisure travelers, the hotel’s 800-square-foot suites with separate living areas and full kitchens are designed to be an ideal base for business travelers on extended stays.

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We revealed on October 27, 2009 that Star Alliance was in discussions with both Copa Airlines and Avianca-TACA over potential membership in the alliance.

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The Westin Playa Bonita Panama will open in 2011, 20 minutes from downtown Panama City, while The Westin Panama Hotel will open in 2012 in the heart of Panama City’s Costa del Este business district.

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Copa Airlines is launching twice-weekly nonstop service from Panama City to the Caribbean island of St. Martin on December 18, 2010.

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The developer of a new resort of residences and a boutique hotel on an island in the Gulf of Chiriqui off Panama’s Pacific coast has committed to preserving the nesting grounds of sea turtles, as well as aquatic life generally, on and round the island.

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Resort and other real-estate developments on islands lend themselves more naturally to environmentally responsible design than do developments on the mainland in terms of the economics of sustainable practices, according to developer Amble Resorts.

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Developer Amble Resorts is planning a sustainable luxury resort on the 400-acre tropical Isla Palenque in the Gulf of Chiriqui in southern Panama.

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