The Honorary Consul for Russia in Bali, Chairul Nuku Kamka, has expressed concern over a number of recent criminal cases in Bali in which Russians visitors have been victims.
Saying Bali visitors need guarantees of safety, Kamka said: “Both villas and boarding houses used by foreigners need to be supervised by the government and law enforcement agencies. While the government is promoting Bali tourism in extraordinary ways, it also needs to provide guarantees of safety.”
Speaking to The Bali Post on Friday, November 1, 2013, Kamka, who also manages a travel organization handling Russian tourists to Bali, warned that without security guarantees Bali would only manage to attract low-quality tourists in the future. Adding, “Without supervision and a guarantee of security, even guests staying in hotels will lose their belongings.”
While admitting that Russian tourists prefer better quality hotels in the busier areas of South Bali, Kamka said attention must also be paid to home stays and boarding houses, commenting that problems in any area of Bali’s tourism industry can damage the destination’s image.
Through the end of September 2013, a total of 62,172 Russian tourists had visited Bali, an increase of 18.19 percent over the same period the year before. Kamka estimates that Russian tourists spend an average of 10-14 days when visiting Bali.
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