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Playa del Carmen taxi drivers protest outside Vidanta hotel

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Members of the Lázaro Cárdenas del Río taxi union blocked access to the Vidanta hotel Thursday morning expressing their dissatisfaction with the hotel for using other forms of transportation.

Rubén Aguilar, the general secretary for the guild, requested a meeting with hotel management regarding their use of federal transportation services from inside the hotel. The issue for the taxi drivers is the ability of hotel guests to obtain transportation from inside the hotel through bellboys and concierges, who they complain, are likely to earn a commission. They say this practice violates the law as the concession only allows for pre-contracted trips.

Due to the situation, police did arrive on scene, however, there were no reports of disruption toward hotel guests or employees. After their meeting, Aguilar announced to the protesting taxi drivers that an agreement had been reached wherein Vidanta agreed to provide the taxi drivers with a stand where they can offer hotel guests trips from inside the hotel in addition to assigning a representative to monitor the operation and confirming that hotel guests who use the federal transportation service are pre-contracted.

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