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Meeting to put case for small taxis

Tre Greaves

Meeting to put case for small taxis
Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Lisa Cummins. (FILE) - FP

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Government will meet with international cruise lines this week to find a way for small taxi operators to cash in on some of the passenger arrivals.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport Lisa Cummins made that announcement yesterday as she recalled that the issue of large companies securing the bulk of the cruise passengers had existed for many years.

The issue reignited over the weekend after a video of a taxi operator went viral. In the clip, the female operator complained that the cruise ship passengers were told they would not be able to leave the ships and tour the country.

Cummins said it was a source of concern for all of the agencies involved in the resumption of cruise tourism.

“While we understand because they are travelling sometimes to four countries in seven days and they don’t want to import the virus, nor do they want to take it back on board given the surge in the region, we are also of the view that it is perfectly within the capacity of our taxi operators to have the kind of supervision required by the ships. . .” (TG)

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