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Government Promises to Stop Illegal Guides

Bali Guide Association Complains that Unlicensed Guides are Operating in Great Numbers Across the Island.

(2/26/2007) The Head of the Bali Tourism Authority (BTA), Gede Nurjaya, has promised that he will soon convene a special meeting to discuss how to curb the presence of numerous unlicensed and illegal guides operating at tourist sites around the Island.

The meeting is in response to formal complaints made to the Government by the Indonesian Association of Guides (HPI), following the discovery of numerous gypsy guides working near Bali's popular Tanah Lot.

Nurjaya, the highest ranking government official charged with overseeing tourism in Bali, said he would call a meeting and include representatives from HPI, the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA) and other concerned agencies to discuss the problem. Nurjaya told the Indonesian-language Bisnis Bali that prior to receiving the report from HPI his office was already aware of the growing presence of unlicensed guides in Bali.

During a recent sweep of the Tanah Lot complex conducted by the HPI, 30 unlicensed guides were netted, some in the employ of local travel agents.

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