Welcome to Panama City!

A land radiating with life, perfectly imperfect, and full of authenticity. Where Northern and Southern worlds connect, old and new worlds coexist, and cosmopolitan landscapes live in harmony with wild, untamed rainforests.  A land where 24% of the country is managed by the indigenous people allowing them to live in protected territories, all over the country to practice ancestral forms of government, preserve dances and songs, and hold on to their deep beliefs and cultural expressions, while also having a say in the running of the country.

Panama is located on an isthmus joining Central America and South America.  It is bordered on the north by the Caribbean Sea and on the south by the Pacific Ocean.  By land it borders on the east with Colombia and on the west with Costa Rica.

A country for those who seek beyond expectations, that dares you to see more. Taste more. Connect more. Feel more. Panamá is not the destination, but the journey to discover more of what truly matters.

Panamá. Live for More.


All NCM sessions will be taking place at the Westin Playa Bonita Hotel where room options are available for ocean view and forest view.

Westin Playa Bonita

Surrounded by many of the city’s most prominent destinations, The Westin Playa Bonita Panama offers guests an idyllic retreat on the golden sands of Playa Bonita Beach. The Pacific Ocean and lush, tropical rainforests are only steps away from the doors. Delegates will delight in one of the  three infinity-edge pools, six restaurants and Sensory Spa. Discover your best self in one of our 611 rooms and suites, which offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean or rainforest, as well as 24-hour room service, flat-panel TVs and pillowtop mattresses.


  • Luxury wellness and spa facilities
  • Multiple restaurant and dining options
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • 24 hour fitness center
  • On site kids club for delegates
  • Complimentary parking for those who rent a car


Forest View Rooms
$140USD for single occupancy/$155USD for double occupancy

Ocean View Rooms
$150USD for single occupancy/$165USD for double occupancy

Rate does not include applicable local taxes or housekeeping charges ($2USD per day) but does include a breakfast buffet

Interested in Roomshare?

Interested in finding fellow delegates to share hotel rooms with during NCM 2025? If so, please fill out our Roomshare form

Getting Here

Getting to Panama City, Panama

Panamá has one of the most advanced airport infrastructures in Latin America: Tocumen International Airport (PTY), the best-connected airport in Latin America, offering more direct destinations and international flight frequencies than any other hub in the region, with convenient flight schedules. Panamá’s geographic location and favorable weather conditions allow the airport to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    2500 weekly flights

    89 Direct Destinations, 15 of which are in the United States

Tocumen International Airport

Getting to Venue

Access from Tocument International Airport to the Westin Playa Bonita Hotel

Tocumen Airport is approximately 22km from the Westin Playa Bonita hotel.  Car rental, cabs, and ride share services are available for transportation from the airport to the hotel.

Cabs – can be hired outside the arrivals area of the airport.  Anticipated taxi costs will be approximately $50 USD depending on the time of day

Bus – A public transportation bus is available for visitors to Panama.  A prepaid ticket must be purchased prior to leaving the airport.

Shuttle Bus – There is a shuttle bus service from the airport to the Metromall Shopping Center (approximately 15 minutes from the airport).  This service is only available at certain times and will still require further transportation methods to get to the Westin Playa Bonita.

Car Rentals – A variety of car rental companies service Panama City and cars can be rented in advance.


To enjoy your trip to Panama, all delegates must comply with the following documents and regulations:

    • Valid passport within at least six months of expiration
    • Return ticket to the country of origin or the next destination to visit
    • Proof of economic solvency of at least five hundred dollars (USD $500.00) in cash, credit card, bank reference, work letter, or traveler’s checks. Some nationalities must present a higher amount. We recommend validating this information with the consulate of Panamá in your country or with your airline.
    • Address of the place of lodging and purpose of travel.
    • Some nationalities must present a tourist visa before their trip to Panamá. If this is your case, we recommend going directly to the Panamanian consulate in your country. For any other query, visit the National Migration Service of Panamá page or check with your airline.
    • The yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for all people traveling from Brazil, who must present the international vaccination certificate issued by ANVISA at least 10 days before arrival.
    • For more information, visit Tocumen Panamá.

Panama has an agreement with a variety of countries for visa exemption and does not require individuals to apply for a visa if they have a visa issued by certain nations.  Please view the attached document for further information.  It is suggested that if you are uncertain, please contact a Panamanian consulate in your country for clarification. The NCM Secretariat and Podium Conference Specialists will provide assistance in obtaining visas in the form of support letters upon request.  We recommend you request the letter as soon as possible to avoid delays.

To request a visa support letter once you have registered and paid in full please email us

Getting Around

The Westin Playa Bonita is located just outside the main city of Panama but is a short cab or ride share from the city center and old town (Casca Vieja).

Cabs and ride shares are plentiful through Panama CIty and it is common to be used to get around.

Local Info

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about the locale, please follow the link below to the Panama tourism site

Tipping is expected in Panama City with the standard tip of 15% of the bill.

The currency in Panama City is the Panamanian Balboa but the US dollar is also accepted. The Balboa and US dollar are tied at 1:1 ratio.

Major credit cards are widely accepted in most establishments but it is suggested to always carry a small amount of cash and check before ordering.

Under Panamanian law, smoking is restricted.  You are not allowed to smoke or vape in public places, including public transportation, as well as at outdoor dining spaces and sports venues.

110 Volt electricity, 60 Hz

Panama operates on Eastern Standard Time all year round.