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Bringing Bali's Travel & Industry Into Line

ASITA Chairman, Al Purwa, Calls on Bali to Regulate and Enforce Rules for Bali Travel Sellers.

(3/6/2010) The Jakarta Post carries a report quoting Aloysius (Al) Purwa, the chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Association of Travel Agents (ASITA) urging strong action by the island's authorities against unlicensed travel operators.

Claiming the unlicensed and unregulated travel agents and tourist information offices are ruining Bali's reputation, Purwa said: "Their operations have disturbed the island's tourism industry. Many of them are operating online. But, they have no license and have no proper programs. Their main concern is to get as many tourists as possible without thinking of guest safety."

Bali has some 635 registered travel agents in Bali plus an untabulated number of unregistered agents, travel information offices and unlicensed travel websites. Purwa is calling on the government to prohibit the operation of unlicensed travel companies in Bali.

The provincial government of Bali is actively considering a set of bylaws intended to bring order to an otherwise disorderly travel industry.

While Purwa welcomed the new regulations being introduced by the government he emphasized that enforcement of the law continues to be the stumbling block in any effort to improve the quality of local operators and the travel experience of visitors to Bali.