Illegal tour operators in Bali are aggravating fully-licensed tour and travel operators via their printed tour offerings and Internet web sites. This was the complaint made by Misto Leo Faisal, Managing Director of Merry’s Tour and Travel Service when speaking to BisnisBali.
Complaining that illegal tour operators are distributing their brochures via Bali’s airport, hotels and tour counters, Faisal called on illegal operators to become fully licensed and fulfill the requirement to actively promote Bali to the domestic and international markets.
Faisal also called on the Government to crack down on illegal tour operators in order to preserve Bali's tourism image. At the same time, Faisal urged hotel operators and Bali's airport authority to take extra care and only allow bona fide tour offerings to be made from their locations.
Also quoted in BisnisBali, Wayan Arta, a travel agent in Kuta said he also hoped the Government would crack down on illegal tour operators who often involve themselves in unhealthy competitive practice in their efforts to obtain customers.
Guests booking tour programs in Bali should always look for the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA) logo to ensure they are dealing with a reputable Indonesian travel operator.
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