During the summer at least a quarter of all of my fares were tourists. Sometimes these visitors are aggravating — going from a downtown hotel to Pier 39 can get old after a while. But, most of the time it is a pleasure to spend time with out-of-towners. I enjoy guiding them to hidden treasures in our City.
But, regardless of whether or not I like tourists, they have an effect on my bottom line.
How much of an effect, I wondered?
Being the geek that I am, I have charted my income since I started driving in July at the peak of tourist season:
Of course, I can still make a living. But lately I have had many fewer of what I would define as ‘high paying’ shifts (>$200). I have also had an increase in ‘low paying’ shifts (<$150).
I look forward to the return of the tourists come spring.