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Problems Ahead for Bali's Ramada Resort Camakila

Tourism Officials Preparing to Move on Former Hotel Safir Mabisa for Licensing and Labor Violations.

(10/12/2009) Radar Bali says that the Badung Tourism Authority and local enforcement officers will soon move against the Ramada Resort Camakila, the former Hotel Safir Mabisa. At issue are the alleged failure to secure the required operating permits and licenses, and the "new" hotel's dismissal of long-standing employees of the Hotel Safir Mabisa.

In addition, the hotel is being cited by authorities for its failure to provide a stipulated number of parking spaces. By law, hotels are required by law to set aside 20% of their total area for parking.

The "new" hotel is also accused of hiring a few local residents from the Legian area against an "ideal" target for Bali hotels of 30% employment from the local population.

When Radar Bali visited the Manpower Department of the Badung Regency, Nengah Subagia, an official of the agency charged with handling employment issues said "he was lifting his hands" in desperation on the seemingly intractable Ramada case in which 55 former employees have filed claims against the hotel. Those labor relation cases remain unresolved with the new managers claiming the employees are the responsibility of the former operators.

Badung tourism officials also report that The Ramada Resort Camakila does not hold the required new operating license. According to Suardana, a Badung tourism official: "They hold a license in the name of the Hotel Safir Mabisa. Since the change of name and ownership, there has been no new operational license issued by the Regency's Tourism office." Suardana also said the case has now been handed to the Regency's enforcement officers who are expected to soon move against the hotel.