Tourism Ministry fearful of taxi drivers protest

St. John's Taxi Association members at their dispatch location in Heritage Quay/ 2018 photo

The Minister of Tourism addressed the Cabinet on the issue of payment to taxi drivers at the seaport.

He noted that the Ministry of Tourism is cognizant of the trouble that can be caused by any industrial action of taxi drivers and tour bus operators at this time, when the industry is recovering.

So, every effort is being made to borrow money, if necessary, to meet payments to those who are unable to wait until such time as the cruise lines pay the tour operators.

Travel from the docked cruise vessels by tourists, on foot, is to be fixed such that the visitors do not put themselves in danger.

Traversing through an active parking lot is considered unsafe.

The boardwalk which allows travel over the edge of the sea has been deemed, by the DCA, as unsafe.

The replacement bridge will cost more than $200,000.00 by a private contractor; the amount requires tendering. It is possible to speed-up the process by seeking a waiver from the Tenders Board.

That is to be fixed quickly so that all shops within the two areas–Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay–can get an opportunity to attract the tourists to the shops.

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