93 unlicensed travel guides were recently brought to trial after being caught operating at various tourism sites around Tabanan, such as Alas Kedaton, Tanah Lot and Ulun Danu.
According to BeritaBali.com, the trials were held at Tabanan's District Court on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. The unlicensed guides, many hailing from outside Bali, were punished by the court with fines of Rp. 150,000 (US$14.70) for violating the provincial law on tourism guiding.
The sole presiding judge, Tavia Rahmawati, said that among the 93 convicted guides were individuals whose guide licenses had expired, others who had no license at all, and others who were apprehended for failing to wear traditional costumes while leading tourist visitors.
The illegal guides were caught in a recent series of joint operations conducted by provincial tourism officials, the courts, tourism police, the manpower department, the Bali Guide Association (HPI) and immigration authorities.
85 of the 93 illegal guides were apprehended working at Tanah Lot, while the remaining 8 were netted at Alas Kedaton and Ulun Danu in Bedugul.
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