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Bali to Establish 275 Tourism 'E-Kiosks'

Electronic Information Centers Intended to Replace Illegal "Tourist Information Offices."

(1/28/2008) Bisnis Bali reports that the presence of illegal Tourism Information Offices operating across the island of Bali is a source of growing concern.

Travel agencies, souvenir shops and even street vendors are displaying "tourist information" signs, complains the Coordinator of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB), Ngurah Wijaya.

As a result, Wijaya is calling on the government to quickly bring some order to enterprises displaying "tourist information" signs in order to safeguard Bali's image. Wijaya warned: "Imagine if everyone can easily set up a tourism information office. The information they provide can be incorrect or be used to mislead tourist visitors."

Fearing that the current situation, if allowed to continue unchecked, will cause Bali's recovery to come off track, Wijaya wants illegal "tourist information offices" to be closed and replaced with E-Kiosks providing tourist information for the Island's visitors.

To this end, the government has appointed a local company PT Ochabawez Dinamika Persada to establish 275 "E-Kiosks" across Bali in February 2008.