Bali â€˜Must Take Crimes against Tourists Seriouslyâ€™
DENPASAR ~ In order to keep Baliâ€™s image positive to maintain a steady flow of tourism, crimes against tourists will have be handled more seriously, a businessman has said.
The managing director of Sesari Transport, Made Kondra, said on Sunday that competition between tourist destinations was fierce, and crimes against tourists were bad for Baliâ€™s image.
â€œBad things that happen in Bali can be used like weapons against Bali tourism; we cannot allow this to keep happening. Security officers, local government and tourists themselves need to coordinate for better security and convenience,â€ Kondra said.
He said that crimes targeted against tourists showed that Bali had a weak security system and the blame couldnâ€™t be placed on security officers alone; other institutions had to concern themselves in the matter in order to fund security activities.
If needed, he said funds could be allocated from hotel and restaurant taxes to create a better security system for tourists.
â€œNo one should wait until countries issue travel warnings against Bali. Bali should be kept secure,â€ Kondra stated.
He added that he had seen a significant growth in the number of tourists from Japan, Australia, Taiwan, China, Korea and Russia, and in order to keep tourism up, Bali would need to be secure.
â€œLet us create better security in Bali for the convenience of both domestic and foreign tourists,â€ he said.Filed under: The Island