The large number of unlicensed travel agents selling package tours over the Internet are coming under increasing scrutiny from the government. Governor Made Mangku Pastika, quoted in Bisnis Bali, said the illegal tour operators in Bali must be eradicated.
The governor likened the operation of illegal travel agencies in Bali to the unethical "head hunting" practice being carried out in the Chinese tourism market. He said the government and tourism stakeholder need to cooperate to curb the operation of illegal travel agents and bring legal certainty to their operations. The governor also said the time for counseling illegal operators has passed; the time for law enforcement against illegal travel agents is now at hand. "Eradicate the illegal tour operators in order to protect the tourism image of Bali," urged governor Pastika.
The head of the Bali Tourism Service, I B Kade Subhiksu, told the press that sweeping teams have been established in Bali to capture and close illegal operators. Subhiksu, the top tourism official in Bali, said illegal tourist agencies must be closed.
Subhisku admitted that the number of supervisory personnel at his office was limited while the area encompassing Bali was large. At the same time, he said all travel agents in Bali must obey the provincial law number 1 of 2010 on tourism enterprises.
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