Taxi driver protests in Goa affecting tourism

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Car Rental News - 27/02/2014


Hotels and travel agents fear losing business

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a warning to travellers from the UK asking that they avoid areas of Goa where protests are currently taking place. The warning comes on the back of a taxi strike which turned violent. The strike was sparked by the new operator Olacabs, it is estimated that 7,000 taxi drivers have kept their vehicles off the road and the protestors have caused several traffic blockages including roads to and from the main airport and some of the large hotels used by tourists. Many travel agents say that their business has been severely affected; Vice president of North Goa Tourist Taxi Association Ravindra Vengurlekar said that Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar has called for the representatives of Goa taxi owners' associations to begin talks to resolve the problems including their opposition to Olacabs.

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