Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#374551 - 04/25/10 01:18 AM Monopoly in the Water-Taxi Business…?
Short Offline
Monopoly in the Water-Taxi Business…? San Pedro Water Taxi in control, the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association, just a Phantom

There is growing concern among the frequent users (locals and tourists alike) of the water taxi vessels to and from Belize City that services the two most trafficked islands of Caye Caulker and San Pedro Ambergris Caye especially after the sharp increase in fares (price-gouging) going into the Easter week-end.

Whilst nosing around trying to find out what may be contributing factors as to the brazen act to raise prices the National Perspective found out that there are no more fair competition between what was once the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association and San Pedro Water Taxi Association and that there is only one group manipulating and controlling the Water Taxi business, period.

There are no longer any Caye Caulker residents involved in any way with the Caye Caulker Water Taxi association because many members/owners of the CCWTA were offered financial compensation and as a result sold off their rights for their membership even though many have only received 25% of what was offered whilst the majority are still waiting to collect a penny.

This agreement on paper has given the principal owners of the San Pedro Water Taxi Association the power to operate and control the phantom Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association thus enjoying the monopoly of this growing industry and increase passage fares as they wish.

Many familiar with the operational aspect of the water taxi industry believe that this was not a voluntary wind up sale on the part of the CCWTA but in fact was forced by the interested party within the leadership who basically pushed the company into financial trouble then offered the seeming merger as the only way out.

Many believe and view this take-over of the CCWTA by the SPWTA as hostile, immoral and illegal and to make matters worse, the new Owners had insiders in Government facilitating in the transfer of the Marine Terminals (in Belize City and the main Pier in Caye Caulker) to their names (company names to themselves) without the expressed consent of the President of the CCWTA to the purported transfer.

Both terminals were leased to the CCWTA under the condition that it was an association, and not a private lucrative company. Instead of providing a better service to locals and tourist alike, they are left behind stranded now there is only one boat per hour because of the merging of schedules.

There are no longer Slack/Standby boats in the event they are sold out, they only sell tickets to capacity for the one boat on schedule, which more often than not, is over capacity, then the remainder are forced back to wait for the next scheduled boat.

Now that school is reopened, school children are made to sacrifice especially since past schedules were designed with the students in mind where island students could have travelled unhindered to and from San Pedro or in Belize City without paying those huge boarding costs.

The prices of tickets need not be that high many believe that this new monopoly is a conspiracy for profiteering and nothing more. It cannot be called competition; because it is seemingly a merger, obviously hidden. There is only one group of owners even though it gives the appearance of two companies and Tickets are accepted from both companies at each other’s Terminals.

The people should know that owners of the San Pedro Water Taxi basically took control whilst members of the CCWTA were left hanging on a string without pay. It is strongly rumoured that the Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia, is in fact a new Shareholder in SP Water Taxi. The Port Authority, after harassing the CCWTA for months when there was competition, is now ALLOWING high obscene rates, and overcrowding on a daily basis, this is not Safe and endangers the lives of passengers, Tourists and Locals alike. There are STRONG rumours that a few of the past owners of the CCWTA intend to resume business operations, but have heard that the GOB will not ALLOW them to get off the ground. It seems that this seeming merger, is protected and condoned by the GOB to the fullest.

The National Perspective
Live and let live

#374582 - 04/25/10 12:21 PM Re: Monopoly in the Water-Taxi Business…? [Re: Short]
HOT_Card Offline
When I traveled on Friday I was told they would no longer accept each others tickets. So with each "company" only offering half the number of boats the likelihood is that passengers (particularly day trippers)would have to buy two singles rather than a return, or (as the staff did not readily volunteer this information) they would buy a return only to find the return half was useless and needed to buy another full price single to get back. A cynical person might think this was just another way for them to get extra $$$s per person!!
Belize Discounts to Save You Money

#374585 - 04/25/10 12:31 PM Re: Monopoly in the Water-Taxi Business…? [Re: HOT_Card]
Peter Jones Offline
Why can't we get the BPA to intervene and stop what are obviously overloaded boats from setting sail? Or are they also in on the deal? Is this place TOTALLY corrupt?

#374635 - 04/26/10 01:55 AM Re: Monopoly in the Water-Taxi Business…? [Re: Peter Jones]
kerry Offline
anybody know if there are any problems with the thunderbolt? corozal to san pedro and return?


Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker

TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil’ Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Who's Online
2 registered (Marty, 1 invisible), 39 Guests and 8 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,631 Registered Members
44 Forums
63,685 Topics
461,184 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 02:16 PM

AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.