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Seminars to stamp out overblown taxi fares

Incidents of tourists being taken for a ride by Greek taxi drivers have prompted the Tourism Ministry to run seminars that will help encourage more professional behavior from cabbies. At a meeting held yesterday between Tourism Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia and the head of the Panhellenic Association of Taxi Owners, Efthymios Lymberopoulos, it was decided that drivers will sit in on seminars that will stress the vital role they have in the country’s large tourism sector. The two condemned a recent incident in which a tourist was charged 50 euros by a taxi driver for a ride from the Acropolis to Syntagma Square, a distance of less than 2 kilometers. «We will not allow any unfortunate incident to blacken the country’s tourism image,» said Palli-Petralia.