St. Kitts Tourism Authority to enforce dress code for Taxi and Tour Operators
By: Chaïra Flanders
Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 3, 2019 (ZIZ News): The St. Kitts Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism is appealing to Taxi and Tour operators to adhere to the established dress code.
While speaking with ZIZ, Product Development Manager at the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Melnecia Marshall explained that the dress code has always been required but is now being enforced by law under Schedule 1 of the Saint Christopher Tourism Authority (Prescribed Areas) Regulations 2009.
She said the dress code is being enforced to raise the standard of service offered to visitors and added that it is being applied to the three associations in St. Kitts and Nevis, which include; the St. Kitts Taxi association, the Liamigua Taxi association and the St. Kitts Taxi Corporative.
Marshall said that a uniform shirt and a pair of pants have also been prescribed for persons who are not a part of these associations.
Taxi operator, Randy James commonly known as “Africa” said he likes the idea of having persons uniformed but noted that he disagrees with the new enforcement because it affects the format of the Taxi call number system.
There were other taxi operators who preferred to remain anonymous but shared their disapproval of the move, noting that it suppresses the individuality of those persons who are popularly known by their brands and the look that represents their business.
Meanwhile, Taxi Operator, Michael Duggins said he strongly agrees with the enforcement of the dress code because it presents a unified and professional look to visitors.
The Ministry has advised that the uniforms of individual tour companies must be presented to the Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority in writing for approval and failure to adhere to the dress code and the other elements of the code of conduct may result in their removal from Port Zante or the suspension of their license.