GIPI Asks Foreign Guides to be Controlled


Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Bali asked Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP) officers at the provincial and regencies and city on the island to be more aggressive regulate foreign tour guide who has no permit.

“Supposedly tourists who have entered Bali from the beginning have been handed over to the Indonesian Guides Association (HPI) to be guided, but in fact there are still some foreign tour guides primarily from Taiwan and China who came to provide guidance, “said Chairman of GIPI Bali I Gusti Ngurah Wijaya in Denpasar, on Sunday.

According to him, such foreign guides’ action would be detrimental to the local guide who has been working for many years in Bali.

“For this problem the government should actually provide more facilities for the regulations enforcement officers especially Satpol PP, because they are the one who take control on the area including overseeing the presence of illegal foreign guides,” he said.

The civil service police unit, he said, oversees several attractions in Bali, such as keep an eye on illegal buildings and pollution problems. That’s why the government should provide more funding for enforcement of regulations.

“ Not only the increase in funding, human resources should also be added. If the regulation enforcement members are few, it means that they would find it hard to monitor,” he said.

Furthermore, the technology used should be updated to be more sophisticated, so the regulations made up can actually “live”.

“Right now, just see there are a lot of regulations that have not been implemented to the fullest, it just seemed to be formality without any decisive action if there is a violation,” he said.

Ngurah Wijaya has been repeatedly reported problems about unauthorized foreign tour guides to Parliament, the Governor of Bali and others. “But as long as the civil service police unit are not activated it will remains like that,” he said.

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