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by Michael J. Shapiro | September 21, 2012

Marriott International will convert Panama's 118-room Bristol Buenaventura to a JW Marriott as of Dec. 3, the hotel company announced Thursday. The JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, the brand's first property in the country, will be part of the master-planned Buenaventura community on the Pacific Coast. The community is near the town of Rio Hato, about 80 miles south of Panama City. The resort, which covers 1,000 acres, includes an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, a fitness center, a spa, a kids club and a beach club with an infinity pool. A grand ballroom and four smaller meeting rooms comprise the property's nearly 5,600 square feet of meeting space.