Tourism Minister Ian Douglas said any decision taken regarding taxi operators is done in the best interest of the sector.
He was speaking on the heels of a protest action by taxi operators today who claimed that decisions were just being “shoved down their throats” without consultation.
“We are angry because tourism officials had a meeting and took some decisions which taxi drivers are not in favor of. Some of those decisions include no parking and ‘keep clear’ signs to prevent us from parking on the Roseau Bayfront. We know that the area cannot take all the taxi buses but they made their decisions without consulting us,” noted Public Relations Officer of the Combined Taxi Incorporated Genner Guiste
But Douglas told Dominica News Online that the decision was taken to make the experience for the cruise visitor more welcoming.
“The cruise industry is very competitive and all of us know what it felt like when Victory decided it was moving Dominica from its schedule. Everything that we can do to ensure that the destinations remain at its best will be done,” he said.
According to Douglas, “all that we do in Dominica is to allow us to improve on the product today”.
The 2010/11 Cruise season officially came to an end today.