TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was still speaking his Spanish courtesy words a day after returning from Panama City.
This was the third trip to the Central American city during Buckhorn's administration. The group of local business leaders representing the Chamber of Commerce, HIllsborough Economic Development Corporation, Port Tampa Bay and Tampa International Airport flew on Copa Airlines, which now flies direct, non-stop from Tampa to Panama City.
The group says that direct flight makes all the difference in making it easier to establish business ties with Latin America.
There'll be another trade mission sometime this year.
(Photo credit Sharon Parker, WFLA)