High Demand for Taxis Predicted in Vancouver on May 8 and 9



    Passengers Advised to Make Alternative Transportation Arrangements

    VANCOUVER, May 6 /CNW/ - Port Metro Vancouver is advising cruise
passengers and travellers in and around Vancouver to have contingency plans in
place for local travel on Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th due to an
expected unusually high demand for taxis by cruise ship passengers. Port,
cruise terminal and Tourism Vancouver officials have met with local taxi
companies and other service providers to plan for the increased volumes on
these two days.
    "While the arrival of all these cruise ships is terrific news for the
local economy, we want to do everything possible to minimize the disruption to
passengers and the general public," said Chris Badger, Port Metro Vancouver's
Chief Operating Officer.
    The increased demand is due to the large number of independent travellers
aboard cruise ships scheduled to arrive in Vancouver for repositioning
cruises.
    Repositioning cruises occur at the beginning of the Alaska cruise season
when cruise lines relocate ships to Vancouver from their southern winter
itineraries. The congestion this weekend will be heightened by the anticipated
late arrival of the Star Princess on Saturday morning.
    As repositioning cruises tend to attract a larger number of independent
travellers, who do not have prearranged transfers to and from the port, there
is a corresponding increase in demand for taxi service. The port projects that
6,000 independent travellers will be arriving and departing through Canada
Place on Friday, another 6,000 on Saturday, and an additional 2,000
disembarking at Ballantyne Pier on Friday. There are approximately 500 taxis
licensed to provide ground transportation in the city of Vancouver.
    Passengers should make advance transportation arrangements or be prepared
for lengthy wait times. It is also particularly important that arriving
passengers do not come to Canada Place cruise terminal prior to their
scheduled embarkation time in order to avoid further congestion while
disembarking passengers are leaving their ships.

    Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest cruise port, contributing $1.5
billion annually to the Canadian economy. Each cruise ship that docks in
Vancouver contributes approximately $2 million to the local economy.





For further information:

For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications & Public Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver, Telephone: (604)
665-9069, Cellular: (778) 231-6978, Email:
anne.mcmullin@portmetrovancouver.com

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