On February 20th Banyan transformed one of its hangars into the look and feel of the Bahamas for the first Annual Bahamas Day. Bahamas Day is an event to educate people on flying to the Bahamas in their own planes or to gather information about charter flights.
Over 30 exhibitors participated and were on-sight to provide attendees with an array of information and activities about resorts, hotels and activities. Everything from the hand-rolling of cigars to samples of Bahamian rum cake was available. Even a Bahamian policeman was at the event to answer questions and partake in photos.
The day started with a breathtaking opening ceremony of both the United States National Anthem and the Bahamian National Anthem being played. The aroma of traditional Bahamian fried fish, chicken, and conch fritters filled the air. The day never slowed down and in the afternoon The Bahamas Junkanoo Shakers danced and played in a colorful, rhythmic display.
Banyan turned over the use of one of their conference rooms so that seminars on eAPIS, Flying to the Bahamas, and Preparing your Aircraft for Over Water Flight could be presented throughout the day to interested parties. A live demonstration on how to inflate a survival raft when in the water provided an interactive exhibit.
Throughout the day door prizes that had been donated by the exhibitors were given out. The door prizes ranged from goodie bags to resort get-a-ways.
There was something for everyone, and Banyan was pleased to be the first FBO to host the Annual Bahamas Day.
To see pictures of the event or a video of the Junkanoo band, visit www.banyanair.com/bahamasday.