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On 8/7/2019 at 12:22 PM, DanL said:

Yes,  In an area known for spotty electrical service and high winds, what could possibly go wrong with this idea? 

Important things like this have back up generators.

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Medellin (Parque Arvi) has an identical one. Great view of the ENTIRE city on the way to Parque Arvi. Also, the Mass Transit System ends at the Gondola Ride Pick Up Point with taxi and bus rides leaving for all of Medellin. Across from Cefati would a great place for Park N Ride, Gondola start point and all other transit systems.

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Just my opinion ..this project, if approved, has a far greater chance of success than the $2+ million dollar, out of place lighthouse down the highway.

An aerial tram to the summit of Baru is much less damaging to the environment than a paved highway, which has been another proposal.

Since the world changes quickly, i try to keep an open mind to different ideas.

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It's easy to get excited about another tourist attraction coming to our community, particularly when it will be paid for with 'other people's money'.  And any comparison to Medellin's Metrocable is spurious as theirs was built in the '90's, as part of an overall transportation system, in a city of 2.5 million people.

Now apparently, a feasibility study will be undertaken for a 'Boquete Cable Car'.  Acquiring new access rights across public & private land will be a factor.  Also, counting the number of cloudy days over Baru during the rainy season should be interesting.

But what will kill this wishful thinking will be the low ROIC (Return on Invested Capital).  Who would put forward so much money (many, many millions of dollars) in an attraction with such limited revenue potential?  China?  The government?  You?  Me?


There are a host of more important needs in Boquete . . . add this new folly to Panama's high speed bullet train.

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Cable cut, sending cable cars crashing to the ground in Canada's Howe Sound


By Leah Asmelash and Melissa Gray, CNN


Updated 0007 GMT (0807 HKT) August 11, 2019


PHOTO:  A cable car rests on the ground at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, British Columbia, after the ride's cable was cut early Saturday.


 (CNN) Numerous cable cars plummeted to the ground near Vancouver's Howe Sound after a cable was cut early Saturday, in what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they believe was an act of vandalism.


The Sea to Sky Gondola, a sightseeing attraction in Squamish, British Columbia, wasn't operating at the time of the incident, which occurred around 4:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. ET), according to a statement on the gondola's website. No guests or staff members were injured and the attraction is now closed.


"We believe the cables were cut and this was a deliberate act of vandalism," said Squamish RCMP Inspector Kara Triance, according to CNN news partner CBC. "At this time, it's a crime scene."


   @Seatoskygondola indefinitely closed. No injuries. Significant damage. Updates to come.
   #squamish pic.twitter.com/MmjSeAJjXv
   — Squamish RCMP (@SquamishRCMP) August 10, 2019


According to the CBC, almost all of the 30 cars attached to the cable fell to the ground. The cable holding the cars, the CBC reported, was just over 2 inches in diameter, and Sea to Sky had recently done maintenance on the line.


Police are asking visitors to stay away from the area, including away from nearby trails.


The Sea to Sky Gondola takes passengers to almost 3,000 feet above sea level, providing views of Howe Sound and surrounding waterfalls. Each gondola car holds eight people.






Canadas Howe Sound 30 cable cars crash .jpg

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Seems to me to be a topic at least worth discussing.  I agree, the Return on investment may be problematical, but the area needs “something”.  It could easily become a World class tourist destination if the right investments are made, but not everyone wants that.  Before passing judgement, let’s see if a good business plan can be developed.

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25 minutes ago, JohnF13 said:

 Before passing judgement,

There are always some, who despite being unarmed with facts or specifics, can never resist the urge to quickly denigrate other people's ideas. I personally don't see any harm in studying the proposal.

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On 8/11/2019 at 10:18 AM, Keith Woolford said:

Good news for Tourism and Boquete. Hopefully funding will be spent wisely and without graft. I see sidewalks and an aerial tram in Boquete’s future.


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An unedited, automated translation of the news article referenced in the above posting:


IDB approves $ 100 million to Panama for tourism project management

The loan will be used to improve infrastructure and basic services in Boquete, Tierras Altas, in Chiriqui; Pedasí, in Los Santos; Santa Catalina, in Veraguas; Taboga, in the Capital City; and Bocas del Toro


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan to Panama for $ 100 million, which will be used in the execution of the Program: “Integral Urban Development of Cities with Tourism Vocation”.

Now you must start the approval process of the National Economic Council, the Cabinet Council and the endorsement of the Comptroller General of the Republic for its implementation.

The objective of the program is to contribute to the urban and socio-economic development of Small and Intermediate Cities with Tourism Vocation in the following axes: access and quality of their services and urban infrastructures; increase tourism development with an inclusive nature by improving its tourism equipment and management, and social cohesion; and strengthen the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) in the planning, management and promotion of tourist cities.

"This reaffirms that the National Government is giving priority to tourism development, because it considers it a tool for the fight against poverty and inequality," said ATP Administrator Ivan Esklidsen.

He explained that the loan arises because the need to improve infrastructure and basic services in six of the eight priority destinations in the country was recognized: Boquete, Highlands, in Chiriqui; Pedasí, in Los Santos; Santa Catalina, in Veraguas; Taboga, in the Capital City; and Bocas del Toro.

For Esklidsen, improvements in these sites with a range of tourism products will also benefit community residents, investors and entrepreneurs.

Bocas del Toro, Boquete and Pedasí will be the first tourist destinations where this project will begin and they were chosen according to technical criteria that took into account: tourist vocation, population density and geographical location, as well as connectivity with distribution centers main.

In Bocas del Toro they work in the management of solid waste and drinking water; in Pedasí, in improvements of public spaces, integral solid waste management among others; and in Boquete, urban mobility, among others. "These are important projects that can really change the face of these destinations," said the head of the ATP.


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