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Keeping it Legal

No New Travel Agency Licenses in Bali Issued Since September 2010

(12/25/2011) As a follow up to [A Moratorium on New Travel Agencies in Bali?]  and a reported ban on new travel agency licenses in Bali in place since September 2010, the head of the Bali Tourism Authority, I.B. Kade Subhisku, has confirmed to Bisnis Bali that no new licenses have been issued by the province since the announcement of the initial moratorium.

According to Subhisku, no new permits have been issued for new agencies over the last 14 months. The moratorium has reportedly been implemented by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) who issues new licenses while the job of supervision and upgrading agencies falls to the Bali Tourism Authority (Disparda).

Based on surveys conducted by Disparda since the moratorium came into effect, of the 658 travel agents on record with the Bali provincial government only 299 have active and currently valid licenses.

Among those no longer holding active licenses are agencies with unclear business addresses or companies that have changed ownership – none of which can show valid operating licenses.

Subhisku told the press that it was not clear if the moratorium on new agencies was still in effect, saying his office’s focus was more on those agencies with valid operating licenses and dealing with illegal agencies.

“What’s for sure,” said Subhisku, “registered legal agencies must have clear business addresses so we can contact them.”