Panama Canal celebrates centennial

Panama has registered an uptick in tourist numbers flocking into the country to experience the incredible Panama Canal, which is set to celebrate 100 years since opening and becoming the epicentre for world trade.

The countdown for the milestone anniversary – which is set to take place on August 15th – actually began last year, as the local government implemented an exciting programme of events designed to inspire excitement.

Various celebrations have highlighted the incredible history of this beautiful waterway, which is now a cruising favourite, and also discussed how the canal is being adapted to take future vessels.

"The Panama Canal has been connecting the world since August 15th, 1914," said Roberto Roy, president of the Panama Canal Authority’s (ACP) board of directors. "The fact that 14,000 vessels make use of the waterway every year in order to serve 1,700 ports in 160 countries is sufficient proof of this statement."

A spectacular extravaganza is in the process of being planned for the big day, with recent announcements confirming that the fun will start from the moment the first vessel passes through the entrance at Miraflores Locks on August 15th.

There will be a world premiere of the film Historias del Canal (Canal Stories) that aims to portray the waterway's impact through five fictional stories that will be screened at Panama's National Theatre.

Finally, the Centennial Gala will take place on the evening of the 15th, boasting a musical artistic performance that will attempt to recreate the canal's construction. This will be broadcast across the nation.