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100 Illegal Tour Guides Netted in Crackdown

Government Keeps its Promise to Get Tough on Unlicensed Guides.

(12/22/2001) During the first half of December 2001, a special enforcement team apprehended 100 illegal guides operating in various tourism centers in Bali. In enforcement actions undertaken at Alas Kedaton, Tanah Lot, Tampak Siring, and two cultural performance centers, the offending illegal guides were brought before special administrative courts in Denpasar and Gianyar.

Of the 100 illegal guides, 48 were given "guidance" while the remaining 52 received criminal sanctions. "Guidance," varied, depending on whether the guilty guide was found to be using an expired license, failed to wear his or her guide badge, was not dressed in traditional Balinese costume, or failed to perform the guiding function in accordance with the official code of ethics for Bali tour guides. All the 100 court cases were heard on 14 December before local criminal courts.

The Chief of Tourism for the Island of Bali, Dr. Gde Pitana explained that the enforcement action was necessary to protect the interest of licensed tour guides and ensure that Bali's tourism business is carried out in an orderly and professional manner. (Bali Post 29/12/2001)