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111 Illegal Villas Facing Closure on August 29, 2008.

Badung Tourism Office Promises to Enforce Closure Rule on Villas Who Fail to Meet Regulatory Requirements for Commercial Villas.

(8/18/2008) The Regional Tourism office of Badung, acting on the Governor's August 29, 2008 deadline for the legalization of all commercial villas, is preparing two team to move against illegal or unregistered villa operators. According to BisnisBali there are an estimated 111 illegal villa still operating in the North Kuta and Mengwi areas of the island.

Each of the two teams is comprised of eleven members who have been ordered to work in marathon shifts to call on the 111 villas and urge them to complete all requirements before the late August deadline.

Those villas who have filed all the necessary applications and met the regulatory requirements before the August 29 deadline will apparently be granted some latitude if the government is still processing their applications on the deadline date.

According to the head of the Badung tourism office, Made Subawa, those villas failing to have the proper permits in hand after August 29th will be closed.

In a separate reports in NusaBali, I Wayan Pusa Negara, a member of Commission B of the Badung House of Representatives has called on the regional government to post signs on the entrances of illegal villas in order to discourage tourists from spending a holiday in unlicensed accommodation.