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Blue Executive Services & Transportation (BEST) Wins Taxi Concession For WICO Dock

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BEST General Manager Kerry Harrigan

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Promising increased community involvement with renewed dedication to professional customer service, Blue Executive Services & Transportation (BEST) has won the taxi concession for the West Indian Co. Ltd. cruise ship dock on St. Thomas.

“We’re definitely very enthusiastic and we will be putting an emphasis on polishing the image of the taxi industry in the islands,” BEST General Manager Kerry Harrigan told the Virgin Islands Free Press.

Harrigan said he represents “250 to 300” taxi drivers on St. Thomas and will be working closely with the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism to ensure that all drivers get needed training in hospitality and customer service.

“When tourists talk about their experience in the Virgin Islands we want them to be able to tell their friends about the ‘Wow!’ experience they had in the territory,” he said. “What happens on St. Thomas affects all the other islands. We see it as our job to promote all of the islands, St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.”

Harrigan’s H&H Taxi also has the concession for Coki Point Beach and the V.I. Taxi Association most recently had the concession for the WICO dock, Harrigan said, adding that he will merge BEST with H&H going forward.

The entrepreneur born in Anguilla has 19 years experience in the industry and said he thinks his organization won the WICO bid by emphasizing how taxi drivers are an integral component of the tourism industry product and by being candid about the need to make improvements.

Harrigan, a Smith Bay resident who spent time in California and is a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) said as a taxi driver himself he will be working hard to see that all taxi professionals have the financial ability to access health and life insurance.

“We’re one of the biggest industries in the territory and we need those things so that their families will be taken care of in a time of need,” he said, adding that he is working closely with Sen. Marvin Blyden on the insurance affordability issue.

The company Harrigan runs is currently conducting a magazine drive for the Charles Turnbull Regional Library in Estate Tutu so elderly people who try to beat the heat indoors will have something good to read on those hot summer days.

“We take our civic and community outreach commitments quite seriously because we are trying to make our islands a better place for everyone, he said.

If you want to make a monetary donation to the senior citizens magazine drive or have magazines in good condition that you would like to donate, please call the library’s Assistant Director Kim Blackett at (340) 774-0630.

To receive the Blue Beacon, a monthly newsletter with taxi events, information, promotions, discounts and classified ads published by BEST, you may contact Robert Ba-at at BESTToursVI@gmail.com

 

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

3 Comments

  1. Terri
    September 18, 2016 at 6:58 AM — Reply

    Congratulations, Kerry Harrigan!

  2. Susan
    December 5, 2016 at 8:31 PM — Reply

    Congrats Kerry, You are the Best!!!

  3. Julian
    December 5, 2016 at 10:59 PM — Reply

    I enjoy BEST taxi services while on St. Thomas. Kerry knows the History so well. His services are very professional and he is always respectful.

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