All Eyes On Panama
We just returned from an amazing influencer conference in Panama City, Panama. Blogger Influencer Week Panama LATAM® (BIWEEK) is planned to be an annual conference in Panama which will bring together bloggers and influencers from around the globe. At this inaugural conference the hashtags cover several blogging genres, #travel, #fashion, #foodie, #extreme, #lifestyle and #innovation. The over-arching theme of BI WEEK was to discuss, inspire and explore new market trends such as how to develop creative content for enthusiastic bloggers in attendance. It matters little what your blogging interests, or specialty, may be as there was truly something for everyone at this conference. In fact, there were so many talented presenters it is impossible to see or experience them all. This world-class event also promotes the viability of Panama as a worthy tourist destination, as the invited bloggers this year are all considered to be among the most influential and recognizable members of their field on both a national and international level.
Our Time At BI WEEK Feb 19 -27, 2016
The Nomadic Tribes (aka Jett & Kathryn Britnell) and were invited as travel writing representatives & guest speakers for Matador Network. Matador is the world’s largest independent travel publisher, with over 13 million unique monthly visitors. Since 2006, this online publication has redefined travel media by developing a global network of editors, writers, photographers, and filmmakers who’ve won numerous awards and pushed the traditional limits of travel storytelling. Jett & Kathryn re both Matador Ambassadors (http://matadornetwork.com/ambassadors/jett-kathryn-britnell), a vetted group of leading athletes, photojournalists, musicians, artists, and writers with a passion for storytelling, travel, and conservation.
At the Biomuseo Museum located on Panama City’s Amador Causeway, Jett, along with fellow travel photojournalists Blaze Nowara (www.blazenowara.com) and Michaela Trimble (www.michaelatrimble.com), gave a presentation about travel writing & photography to a roomful of Latin bloggers & travel enthusiasts. Prior to and after this midweek presentation we were transported on several exciting adventures which we will be writing about for both Matador Network, as well as, The Nomadic Tribes travel blog.
Panama Left A Lasting Impression
I must admit, I did not know what to truly expect from this southernmost country in Central America, let alone Central America’s fastest-growing city. Of course, anyone with a passing interest in world history knows about the famous man-made waterway that is the Panama Canal. This country had also been explored by both Christopher Columbus in 1502 and Vasco Núñez de Balboa in 1513. When I was in grade school I do recall reading about the audacious 1671 raid on the city of Panama, which at the time was one of the richest cities in the world, by a swashbuckling pirate named, Captain Henry Morgan, who captured, looted and burned the city to ashes. However, what loomed large in my memory was the U.S.-led invasion of Panama on December 20, 1989, when President George H.W. Bush launched Operation Just Cause to execute an arrest warrant against former CIA operative and head of Panama’s secret police, Panamanian dictator General Manuel Noriega on charges of drug trafficking. This was all I truly knew about Panama before I experienced the country first hand during Blogger Influencer Week Panama. Of course, shortly after I returned home to Vancouver, Panama was in the evening news over something about 11.5 million leaked documents that became widely known as The Panama Papers.
Would We Return?
Yes, in a heartbeat! Our experience during Blogger Influencer Week Panama 2016 certainly opened our eyes to the vast potential for tourism this vibrantly beautiful Latin American nation has to offer. There seemed to be so much going on there that we predict Panama is destined to become a darling destination for travellers the world over who are seeking a blend of culture and fun in the sun. Within an easy three-hour flight from the U.S.A mainland, Panama does indeed seem to have it all. Art, music, cuisine, history, tropical islands, jungles to explore and the Panamanians themselves who were predominantly young, welcoming and exceedingly optimistic about their nation’s figurative rebirth. Unfortunately, Kathryn was unable to attend Blogger Influencer Week Panama with me due to some prior commitments. All the more reason for making a return visit to this remarkable Central American country. We fell in love with this beautiful destination as well as the many Panamanian and Latin American people we during our stay.
Watch the LATAM® (BIWEEK) website for updates on Blogger Influencer Week Panama 2017. http://www.bloggerweekpanama.com