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Taxi operators flock to Phu Quoc
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Taxi operators flock to Phu Quoc

HCMC – A large number of taxi firms have established a business presence on Phu Quoc Island off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang to cash in on surging demand there, according to Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.

Since news about the development of Phu Quoc Island into an international tourism hub and a special administrative and economic zone, tourists and investors have gone there in droves, fueling travel demand and growth of taxi business.

Prior to 2014, Phu Quoc had only two taxi firms with a small number of cabs. At present, the island is home to five taxi companies with some 1,000 cabs, an enormous number for a small island like Phu Quoc.

In the coming time, more taxi firms are poised to enter the taxi market there.

Tran Ba Thang, chairman and general director of Phu Quoc Taxi Company, said the company has sent more than 300 cars to the island.

In addition, Vinasun has acquired a taxi operator on Phu Quoc Island and strongly expanded its fleet there.

Nguyen Thi Hoa, a tourist from HCMC, said she was surprised by the big number of taxi cabs on Phu Quoc. The taxi service there is better than in HCMC, she noted.

Over 70% of taxi drivers in Phu Quoc are from the Mekong Delta region, mainly An Giang Province.

In addition to taxis, Phu Quoc has developed passenger car services, causing traffic congestion at rush hour.

Le Viet Bac, deputy director of the Kien Giang Department of Transport and chairman of the Kien Giang Transport Association, said taxi firms in Phu Quoc have registered their service prices and business operations, with charges among them comparable.

Kien Giang vice chairman Mai Anh Nhin has approved a plan to develop the passenger transport service using taxis in the province by 2025 with a vision towards 2030.

The provincial government has plans to have nearly 1,200 taxi cabs inland and more than 1,100 units on islands by 2025.

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