Minister of Tourism and International Transport Kerrie Symmonds. (FILE)
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TAXI OPERATORS in Barbados have been told that too long they have accepted the crumbs of three or five per cent of the gains from the tourism industry and that they will be “plugged into the visitors’ economy”.
That message of hope was delivered by the Minister of Tourism and International Business, Kerrie Symmonds as he gave a feature address to the Bridgetown Port Taxi Co-op Society Ltd’s 30th anniversary dinner at the Copcabana on Bay Street, St Michael, Saturday night.
“Your history is one of struggle. But your 30-year celebration is one of diligence, the dedication to duty, the hard work of all of you who have made the co-op what it is today . . . .
“The social and economic injustice which you guys have gone through 30 years ago must be seen as behind you and you must be plugged into the visitors’ economy. When you have 255 operators at the Bridgetown Port, you cannot accept that between three to five per cent of the cruise ship business goes to the 255 people. Then who is getting all of the rest?” asked Symmonds. (KB)