R.S.V.P. or S.O.S?

Author:Poole, Claire
Position::Panama Canal party planning - Brief Article
 
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THE RETURN OF THE PANAMA CANAL TO THE CENTRAL AMERICAN country is the most important event in the nation's history since independence in 1903. But party planners are struggling to keep the celebration from running aground because of the date: Dec. 31, 1999. * Panamanians may end up partying all by themselves because of the many New Year's Eve festivities surrounding the start of the year 2000. Then there's that Y2K thing, which threatens to leave attendees stranded because airlines may not be running on schedule. * "It's been hard to get people at that particular date;' admits Cynthia Riddle, a spokesperson for the Washington, D.C.-based Panama Canal Commission. * What's a Panama Canal party planner to do? Move the party up. * While the official handover will still take place...

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