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