Bali to Intensify Controls Illegal Guide

DENPASAR ~

The Head of Bali Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) I Made Sukadana said that he will intensify the effort of controlling illegal guides so it doesn’t ruin the image of Bali tourism.

“But for certain tourism objects, we are frequently refused to enter by the managers as policing efforts is judged will affect the level of tourist visiting the place,” he said in Denpasar on Monday.

It is committed to intensify enforcement of illegal or unlicensed tour guides as it is in line with the mandate of the Bali Provincial Regulation No. 5 of 2008 on the Tour Guide.

“Based on the results of the enforcement of these regulations, from January to the end of September 2013, we was getting 18 tour guides who did not have a license or Guide Identification Card (KTPP), there were also expired KTPP for 14 tour guides and ten tour guides did not wear traditional clothes,” he said accompanied by the Head of Law Enforcement Satpol PP Ketut Pongres Language.

Against the tour guides who did not have KTTP, Satpol PP already provided guidance and directed to follow a course to get KTTP and processed them according to applicable regulations. While the expired ones soon to extend their KTPP at the Bali Province Department of Tourism.

“For the tour guides who are processed, one violator had been even in the local court with verdict to pay a fine of Rp250 thousand, three have P -16 (prosecutor appointments) and two in the process of investigation file completeness,” said Sukadana.

Unlicensed tour guides, he said, mostly from Riau and Batam and they usually serve Chinese tourists. In addition, there are some from Java.

He regretted the guides’ actions as only with the ability to use Chinese language they have been guiding travelers but not supported with legality and mastering Balinese culture.

“On the other hand, our officers often can’t enter some tourist attractions. Usually after having negotiation with the manager and given awareness that such efforts would likely to support the improvement of the attraction image, and then we are allowed to enter,” he said.

For more aggressively capture illegal tour guides, in the future it will strengthen coordination across sectors such as the tourism police to immigration officials.

“Tour Guide By law Enforcement is actually not prohibiting non-Balinese guides to serve tourists in Bali, but they must have a license and respect the regulations that exist in our region,” said Sukadana.

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