Bid for better taxi service welcomed

6 Mar 2013 10:31 AMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey has congratulated the Queensland Taxi Council on its campaign to make the state’s taxi service the world’s best.

Ms Stuckey said taxi drivers are important tourism ambassadors and play a key role in the state’s tourism industry.

Notably, the Taxi Council initiative is aimed at driver professional development and attracting more drivers from a broader cross-section of the community, including semi-retired people and women.

“Quite often, the first impression visitors to Queensland have is the taxi driver who takes them from the airport or bus or railway station to their accommodation,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Right from the outset, any visitor to Queensland is forming their impression of our state.

“It isn’t difficult to get off to a good start but it is very hard to correct a negative first impression.

“Without doubt, taxi drivers can add value to a visitor’s experience through things like sharing personal knowledge and experiences, providing information on what to do and where to go, and supplying knowledge about the local area.

“We want Queensland to be number one again in the tourism stakes.

“To achieve this we must make sure that all visitors – whether they be from interstate or overseas – feel welcome and have an unforgettable Queensland experience.

“Taxi drivers all over our great state have a vital role to play in making that happen.”

[ENDS] 05 March 2013