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Tourism Chief: No Foreign Tour Guides Allowed in Bali.

Nurjaya Threatens to Close Down Tour Agencies Proven to Be Using Foreign Tour Guides.

(10/3/2008) Bali's Chief of Tourism, Drs. I Gede Nurjaya, has warned Bali Tour Companies that they face closure if they are found to employ unlicensed foreign guides.

Admitting that no firm proof exists that local tour agents are actually employing foreign guides, Nurjaya promised that his office would continue to monitor developments. In anticipation, Nurjaya's office has issued guidelines reminding tour operators to follow the Provincial Law of 1989 mandating that only Indonesian nationals be employed as licensed tour guides.

Speaking to BisnisBali, the Chairman of the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI), Sukadana, admitted that prior to 2007 there was a shortage of Russian, Korean and Mandarin speaking guides. Sukadana claimed, however, that fast-track courses have now added 100 new Russian-speaking guides to the HPI roles, eliminating any need for foreigners acting as Russian-speaking guides.

Of the approximate 7,000 HPI registered guides working in Indonesia:

● 2,200 are certified as English speaking guides.

● 1,800 are certified as Japanese speaking guides.

● 600 are certified as Mandarin speaking guides.

● 100 are certified as Russian speaking guides.

The remaining 2,300 guides are registered in a wide range of other languages, including Indonesian.