Following a threat from Bali’s Provincial Tourism Office that travel agents found to be employing unlicensed tour guides face having their operating licenses withdrawn, that same office has told Bisnis Bali that they have yet to find a licensed agency guilty of such an infraction.
The Tourism Law of 2010 stipulates that licensed travel agents must only use licensed guides in the conduct of tours. The law specifically states that the sanction for employing unlicensed guides can result in loss of a business license after the issuance of three warning letters.
Once the business licenses has been withdrawn, the law also stipulate that companies that continue to carry on business can be sentenced to jail for 6 months and fined between Rp. 30 – 60 million.
The Provincial Tourism Office, however, admits that during a 9-month-long sweep that captured 40 unlicensed guides no licensed travel agents were found to be involved in the subject cases.
The Tourism office on the average makes 8 sweeps each month seeking unlicensed guides at tourist sites and visits at least 6 travel agents to check on their paperwork.
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