Stiff sanctions will follow if there is a recurrence of recent trouble that allegedly flared in the presence of tourists between public transport operators, Tourism Minister Charles Clifford has warned.
Problems in the public transport system are for internal discussion and resolution and are not to be resolved with conflict in the presence of visitors, he said at a meeting with transportation operators at a meeting Tuesday night.
If such things do happen they paint the wrong picture and are not good for Cayman’s tourism product, he said.
The ministry and a restructured public transport board will always be available to help, said Mr. Clifford.
It is important that any problems such as the one that took place at Spotts landing recently were understood and discussed, he said.
Mr. Clifford said he had heard different stories about what had happened.
Those who spoke said several operators believed it was unfair that one large operator had apparently been able to take more than his fair share of cruise ship passengers on that occasion and that had led to some form of dispute.
Mr. Clifford said the Public Transport Board and the ministry will look at the matter in more detail, talk to the cruise line involved to get its side of the story and decide on the best way forward.
Speakers said some smaller operators are concerned for their livelihood.
One operator said the government has a moral responsibility to see that people make a just living and he hopes that everyone can get a piece of the pie.
Mr. Clifford said the government has many boards to deal with but it would look at the structure of the Public Transport Board and other issues.
He wants to get fairness for one and all, he said.