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The Riu Plaza Panama Hosts Summit of the Americas

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The Riu Plaza Panama Hosts Summit of the Americas

PHOTO: Mark Zuckerberg attending the Summit of the Americas in Panama. Courtesy of RIU Hotels & Resorts.

The Riu Plaza Panama, the pioneer of RIU Hotels & Resorts urban line, was selected as the venue for the seventh Summit of the Americas. This international event, a space for dialogue and consensus amongst countries, was attended for the first time ever by delegations from all 35 American countries, most of which were staying at the Riu hotel in Panama’s capital city.

From April 8 to 10, the Riu Plaza Panama’s conference rooms hosted the Second Business Forum of the Americas, considered to be one of the world’s most important business events. This year, the Forum brought together 12 heads of state from the whole continent, including the U.S. President, Barack Obama; the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto; the Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff; and her Panamanian counterpart, Juan Carlos Varela. The event was also attended by international representatives such as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and major global business leaders, including the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Carlos Slim.

Under the maxim "Bridging the Americas: Productive Integration for Inclusive Development," at the Second Business Forum of the Americas, discussion involved key areas for the private sector and industrial development across the American continent. These included food security, agro-industry, financial integration and inclusion, energy, the empowerment of businesswomen, social innovation among companies, infrastructure and information technologies and innovation.

Since opening on Sept.13, 2010, the Riu Plaza Panama has become one of the city’s social and economic hotspots. It has played host to personalities and celebrities of international fame, including the singer Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, the Spanish football team, and the King and Queen of Spain. Furthermore, its facilities have been the backdrop for films, and events such as Miss Panama and major concerts. It was here that DJ Avicii and Julio Iglesias played live in Latin America for the first time.

This five-star hotel, the world’s first urban hotel within the Riu Plaza brand run by the Spanish chain RIU, has 644 modern rooms and 23 function rooms for all kinds of events, accommodating more than 2,000 people. These spaces make it the perfect hotel for business guests, although many of those who come to stay at the Riu Plaza Panama have come to enjoy a vacation in the Panamanian capital.

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