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Boost for drivers

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, March 07, 2014

VISITING cruise ships offer good business opportunities for taxidrivers and yesterday many operators were at Lautoka Port to ferry passengers around the Sugar City.

Arriving on the MS Voyager of the Seas, about 3400 passengers took advantage of different public and private transport operators — one of them being taxis.

Lautoka-based taxidriver Narendra Singh said he was usually contracted by a tour company to transport passengers.

"I make a deal with them every time there's a cruise ship coming into town," he said.

"It's better because a lot of the passengers go to the tour operator's tent first and then they are referred to us."

Mr Singh said while transporting the visitors, taxidrivers became unofficial tour guides too.

"They like to go to popular places like the Sabeto mud pools, botanical gardens and even to Denarau Port.

"They don't usually have a tour guide on these trips, so I usually become their guide."

He said it was important for taxidrivers to also know popular places in their area.

"How we address them and what kind of knowledge we have to offer is important."

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