London Cabs First in Taxi Rank
TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2013 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --
Global travellers vote London taxis as top cabbies in the world;
Vancouver ties for 8th
London taxis have been voted the best
taxis in the world for the sixth year in a row, according to the annual
global taxi survey from Hotels.com®. London secured 22 per cent of the votes, a clear runaway winner
followed by New York with 10 per cent and Tokyo with 9 per cent in
second and third place.
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London's iconic black cabs won nearly a quarter of the vote in the
survey*, which also saw Berlin reclaim its position in the top five
list, in fourth place with 5 per cent and Madrid, Mexico City and
Amsterdam tied for fifth with 4 per cent.
Of the cities surveyed in Canada - Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto - the west coast came out on top for best overall rankings in
categories that looked at value, cleanliness, quality of driving,
friendliness and availability. Montreal, however, took the honours for
best knowledge of the area and Toronto ranked first for safety.
The world's best taxis:
Rank City % of votes
1 London 22%
2 New York 10%
3 Tokyo 9%
4 Berlin 5%
5= Amsterdam 4%
5= Madrid 4%
5= Mexico City 4%
Of the 30 countries surveyed, London topped the list across five of the
seven categories, including cleanliness (23 per cent), knowledge of the
area (27 per cent) and quality of driving (30 per cent). While London
cabs were also voted top for friendliness (23%) it was this category
that was deemed the least important to travellers, meaning London's
friendly cabbies could put some passengers off. Almost a quarter of
respondents (23 per cent) voted safety their number one priority when
travelling by taxi, which London's cabs also ranked highest on.
New York City and Bangkok taxis tied for first in terms of value for
money (20 per cent); interestingly the latter didn't quite make the
overall top five this year. New York's recognizable yellow taxis
grabbed the top spot when it came to availability (23 per cent).
Categories ranked in order of preference:
Rank Category % of votes
1 Safety 23%
2 Value 20%
3 Knowledge of Area 17%
4 Availability 14%
5 Quality of Driving 11%
6 Cleanliness 8%
7 Friendliness 7%
The global Hotels.com taxi survey also revealed the world's more obscure objects that
travellers have admitted to leaving behind, which included:
-- A wig and a bird in a cage left behind in a U.S. cab
-- A prosthetic leg and an ex-boyfriend in Australia
-- A trombone in Finland
-- A Rubik's cube in Italy
-- Dentures in Germany
Globally the survey found that people tend to text or email whilst in
cab (19 per cent), while sleeping was the second most popular activity
(15 per cent), followed by eating (10 per cent) and kissing (9 per
cent). When asked which nation was the most amorous in the back of a
cab, Brits came out in the lead with 14 per cent admitting to
displaying passionate behaviour - 10 per cent higher than the global
average of 4 per cent.
Other global findings include:
-- Over half of travellers (53 per cent) say a taxi as their
desired mode of transport from airport to hotel.
-- Most taxi passengers round up to the nearest whole dollar when
tipping (38 per cent) or tip 10 percent (27 per cent) of the
fare for their journey.
-- The most important feature in a taxi is Wi-Fi (14 per cent)
beating both the radio and music.
-- The biggest pet peeve for UK travellers is when taxi drivers
take a longer route to the destination.
Alison Couper, Senior Director of Communications of the Hotels.com brand
said, "Six years running and London cabs are still leading the pack
when it comes to travel - it's great to see! Our iconic black Hackney
Carriages and their well informed cabbies can pride themselves on being
globally recognized for their expert knowledge and quality of driving,
maybe next year we can top the list for all categories!"
Follow the conversation on Twitter @hotelsdotcomca with #BestTaxis
Notes to Editors:
*2,683 respondents across 30 countries.
Hotels.com(also known in Canada asHotels.ca)is a leading online accommodation booking brand.Through the Expedia,
Inc. global network of websites,Hotels.com, LP connects travellers
with approximately 220,000 properties around the world, ranging from
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perfect stay. Hotels.com, LP benefits from one of the largest hotel
contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the best rates for its
customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions.
There are more than 7 millionGuest Reviewson the websites from users
who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an
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than 85,000 hotels. Under its Best Price Guarantee†, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel,
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deals. Hotels.com publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of
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