DON’T BLAME US. Organise yourselves to negotiate business with the cruise ships too.
That is the message some large tour operators and ground handlers are sending to taxi drivers operating at the Bridgetown Port, in response to their complaints about unfair competition from big tour companies.
Members of the Bridgetown Port Taxi Co-op and some independent drivers on Monday protested the presence of a large tour bus taking passengers from cruise ships in port to Bridgetown, work they felt they should have been doing.
Some had parked overnight to cash in on the Bridgetown shuttle business, but to their dismay, they observed a large tour operator move four loads of passengers out of the port, reportedly on a “free” shuttle service to the City, while the taxis stood by idly without a job.
But Bernie Weatherhead, owner of Suntours ground transportation company, suggested the taxi drivers should organise themselves and go directly to the cruise ships to contract business for themselves.
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