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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, October 17, 2016
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Don't overprice,
taxi drivers told

The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry reminded taxi drivers and operators not to charge additional fees on top of the regular fare rates, especially to tourists visiting the MassKara Festival.

Drivers and operators should not overprice their fares to entice the tourists to come back to Bacolod and celebrate the festival in the future, MBCCI Chief Executive Officer Frank Carbon said yesterday.

“Since there are many tourists visiting the city, it is guaranteed that they will have more trips,” Carbon said, adding, “There are more tourists than the taxi units available in the city.”

Meanwhile, MBCCI also reported that the transport system at the Bacolod-Silay International Airport is unorganized because there are no specific transport services such as vans, taxis, or even online reservations for such needs.

“This should be fixed to accommodate well the tourists for MassKara or even during the non-festival season,” he added.

Carbon also said he expects that local business revenues will increase up to 20 percent this MassKara season, compared to last year.

The revenue this year may overshadow last year's record because there are many visitors already in the city in the first couple of weeks of the festival and they will probably stay until the highlights.*Mark L. Garcia



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