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Aggressive Taxi Drivers

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Aggressive Taxi Drivers

In all my visits to the resorts,this trip was the worst I have encountered regarding bad behaviour from some cab drivers.

We stayed at the Houda Beach in Skanes ,first 2 weeks in April.

Directly opposite the hotel entrance is a taxi rank(mostly yellow cabs)

As soon as guests leave the hotel gate ,the drivers cross the road and start the spiel.

Yet, most guests are just wanting to cross the road to go to the Shopping centre,adjacent to the cab rank, or to the Safari Bar along the street.

Both the Centre and Safari being the only places to visit immediately outside the hotel.

Yet these guys on a daily basis were harassing and following guests along the road.

I met guests who after having been badgered by a cab driver did not again venture out of the hotel. That is not on. People should not feel like prisoners in the hotel.

This was something that really enraged me.

It spoiled some guests holidays, particularly first time visitors who wont be returning.

We also got pestered by one or two cabbies.

One in particular who followed me for about a hundred yards offering me all sorts of excursions at extortionate prices ( I was only going to the pub, a two minute walk along the street!)

On one occasion I refused the same cabbie,(he was there most days outside hotel)) his "offer" of a deal to go to Port El Kantaoui.

I chose to hire the bigger white taxi for half the price.

The yellow cab driver then proceeded to "lose the plot" arguing and shouting.

It was this incident that led me to reporting him.

I reported this to Imed Ben Ali, the manager of the Houda Beach Hotel.

He called the cab control office and reported one driver in particular.

Not just for my benefit,although it did upset a member of our party recovering from major surgery and my 2 year old great-grandson.

I was also upset about others being frightened to leave the hotel ,due to this behaviour, and the effect that would have during the holiday.

These cab drivers are mostly "independent" operators, owning their own cabs.

However, they are bound by regulations and rules of local authorities.

So if you have an issue with any cab driver(most are fine, by the way)

Take his number and inform your hotel.

The hotel will also give you cab tariff/prices for many destinations.

Regards and Happy Holidays

Mick

Edited: 14 April 2014, 10:22
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1. Re: Aggressive Taxi Drivers

Good post Mick

I have yet to come across this, like you until now i never have, but it can happen and its a shame for you and the family and others that it did.

I do hope it didnt taint your long awaited holiday too much?

Julie

Edited: 14 April 2014, 12:45
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2. Re: Aggressive Taxi Drivers

At our hotel are also always taxi drivers that try to get you in their car...

Annoying but never have had agressive one.

In case I need one I always take one that drives past and never the ones waiting cause they charge you double...

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4. Re: Aggressive Taxi Drivers

Julie

Thanks for your comments .

Everyone in our party, apart from the "wee one " have been to Tunisia before

I really wanted to create this post to inform first time visitors and to advise them not to feel intimidated by this behaviour, and not to let it spoil the holiday.

WE had a great time at the Houda Beach

I will get round to creating a review..... when my tan wears off !

Edited: 14 April 2014, 20:20
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5. Re: Aggressive Taxi Drivers

Hello, Thank you for the warning regarding the taxi drivers. We are staying at Houda, Skanes in 3 and half weeks time. Having read several reviews, the possibility of intimidating Tunisians makes me feel a little uneasy but not enough to put us off visiting for the first time. We are very excited, although Houda gets bad write up at peak times we think it looks lovely and are going with an open mind.

Looking forward to reading your review.

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6. Re: Aggressive Taxi Drivers

The dobsons

Don't feel its all like that. ..."intimidating Tunisians" is not what I was alluding to.

It appears to me that since the Revolution life has not been that easier for Tunisians.

Yes, they have a different mind set since the Dictator left the Country

They are more outspoken about life

This was not an expression common during the days of Ben Ali

Unemployment is high and visitor numbers had decreased. They are rising again.

Don't feel I am painting a dark picture of the Country... I am not.

They are wonderful humble people

I will most certainly be returning (God willing)

Enjoy your stay

If you have any concerns speak to Imed Ben Ali, the hotel manager

(he has been promoted since our last visit)

He is always around and very approachable. A genuine guy.

My previous review is here

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g297949-d3…

Regards Mick

Edited: 14 April 2014, 21:07
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7. Re: Aggressive Taxi Drivers

Sorry just re read your post

The Houda Skanes and Houda Beach and Golf Resort are different hotels.

We stayed at the Houda Beach Whch one are you staying at?

www.skanes.com/hotels/houda-skanes-hotel/

translate.google.co.uk/translate…

Regards

Mick

Edited: 14 April 2014, 21:19
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8. Re: Aggressive Taxi Drivers

Thanks, just had a read of your good honest review, and looking forward to our hol even more now. We are staying at Houda Golf and Beach Club.

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9. Re: Aggressive Taxi Drivers

Thank you for that

Tell Imed I said hello

He knows me

Enjoy your stay

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10. Re: Aggressive Taxi Drivers

Hi Mick

Glad to hear that you and your family had a lovely holiday.

It's a shame that the odd local can spoil a guests holiday experience.

If I come across any aggressive taxi drivers outside the Chich,I will report them to the manager,I wouldn't have thought to do this until I read your post.

Hopefully these aggressive taxi drivers will learn they will certainly not get the business of tourists acting in such a way.

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