Panama Conversation with William Friar

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My main concern is the sheer speed at which Panama is growing. Panama was already a relatively developed country, the wealthiest in Central America, before the boom of the past few years. Since then, the influx of foreign tourists and retirees and an explosion in real-estate speculation has been transforming Panama at an incredible rate.

Last year 200 high-rises were under construction just in Panama City. For the last five years, Panama has had one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. So far it

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About 8-10 percent of Panama

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I am a big fan of your Twitter -- http://twitter.com/PanamaGuide -- and read with interest your post announcing that the new edition of your Panama guidebook sold as many copies in its 1st 2 months as the last edition did in a year. How do you see tourism in Panama faring in 2009?

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Hello, Bill

In October I am speaking at an event in Belize focusing on responsible tourism.
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/responsibletourism

If you were to address a conference, what points would you make about making tourism more responsible?

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I could really speak only about the situation in Panama. I think responsible tourism is especially vital there because the country has an ecological importance completely out of proportion to its small size. It

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Moon is moving toward digital distribution and sales, though it

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Greetings, Bill

Any news to add to our conversation?

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Re: Panama Conversation with William Friar

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Hi Ron,

Nothing new to report at the moment. The new edition of my book is coming out in the fall.Should be a lot to discuss around then!

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