Asita to Spread ‘Spies’ to Oversee Illegal Travel

DENPASAR ~

Association of Indonesia Travel Agent (Asita) of Bali will deploy ‘spies’ to monitor the operation of illegal travels that increasingly spreading on the island.

“Members of Asita will be used as a ‘spy’ and if there is any it will be immediately reported to the relevant parties. We also have coordinated with the Public Order Agency and the Bali Provincial Tourism Department to respond to our report,” said Asita Bali chairman, Ketut Ardana, in Denpasar, on Wednesday.

Asita Bali earlier will also match the data with the Department of Tourism related to the legality of the existing travels.

“The illegal travel agents that are rampant during the year, not just at the moment of high season when many tourists come to Bali,” he said.

According to Ardana, a travel agency should not need running an illegal business. If it already have moratorium permit, they should join with other companies that have license.

The presence of illegal travels, he added, is actually not good for Bali as it can degrade the tourism image. The services provided may not meet the standards.

“Not only local entrepreneurs work in the business of illegal travel, but now there are also have foreigners done it,” said Ardana.

On the other hand, he regretted the number of brochures from random travel agencies on display at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali. However, he is now grateful for the opportunity given by Angkasa Pura I to also check to the field in relation to the existence of illegal travels brochures.

“Our members are 370 and all are licensed or legally operated. They are asked to oversee the existence of illegal travel agents because they will already know each other among the members who have been authorized,” said Ardana.

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