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Misguided in Bali

Angry and Frustrated, Bali Governor Pastika Wants Unlicensed Tour Guides Put in Jail

(3/8/2012) Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika is urging the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI) to immediately arrest and imprison tourist guides operating without permits in Bali. The governor said the illegal guides are destroying the image of Bali due to frequent incidents of coercion and intimidation practiced by unlicensed guides against tourist visitors.

Beritabali.com quotes Pastika as saying the time has arrived for firm action against unlicensed tour guides, especially those freelance guides who give misinformation to their clients. The governor said the time for “upgrading” and "gentle reminders" has passed; now is time for firm action to be taken.

The situation has reached such a state, that the governor wants illegal guides put behind bard, threatening to handle the situation directly if HPI and enforcement agencies fail to act.

Pastika concluded by saying that if firm and urgent action is not taken he fears the practice of illegal tour guiding will become more prevalent. He sees such a situation of destroying Bali Image, which, according to the governor, is already suffering.