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Cabbies’ income spikes amidst winter’s tourist rush

12/21/2017 12:10 PM

“About half of the clients in the winter season are foreign tourists”, said Rovaniemen Taksipalvelu Oy Director Tuomas Palmgren.

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Winter is the peak tourist season in Rovaniemi. The city’s cabbies, too, are busy ferrying tourists, day in day out, earning a lot more than in the rest of the year. 

“We get many international tourists during the winter and our earnings go up at this time”, Petri Kuusipuro, a taxi driver, told the Daily Finland, adding that a huge number of Asian tourists are found to use taxis in this season.

In the recent years, lured mainly by Santa Claus, the unique Christmas activities, northern lights, and the pristine Lappish nature, tourists in ever-increasing number have been thronging Rovaniemi from across the globe in winter. 

“About half of the clients in the winter season are foreign tourists”, said Rovaniemen Taksipalvelu Oy Director Tuomas Palmgren.

Juha Hotti, managing director of Rovaniemen Aluetaksi Oy, seconded Palmgren, saying the number of taxi trips during this peak season has been describing a sharp rise. So, the taxi companies have been taking special measures to cope with the extra demand. 

“We employ more drivers in winter season. Our company also has a separate service entirety for incentives and tour operator customers”, said Palmgren. 

But how do the cabbies deal with so many foreign languages? 

According to the city’s taxi companies, their drivers are trained well to communicate with their passengers in English. 

“We do not face much problem in dealing with international tourists. In our company, all drivers are English speaking. Most international tourists speak at least English”, said Palmgren.

City of Rovaniemi-Daily Finland Report