Friday, June 10, 2011

Regent Demands Disclosure of Illegal Villas


The regent of Badung has demanded that a full list of illegal, unlicensed hotels and villas in his regency be released by hospitality organisations.

Speaking on Wednesday Anak Agung Gede Agung demanded that the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Indonesia (PHRI) provided data on unlicensed properties.

“I’m asking the PHRI to announce which hotels and villas are illegal.  Don’t allow tourists to stay in hotels or villas which are unlicensed.  The rules need to be enforced in Badung, and I’m asking PHRI to help in this.”

Agung said that as well as a large number of villas, there were also hotels that had not obtained necessary paperwork.

“There are still illegal international class hotels; they are recalcitrant and don’t want to obtain licenses, they don’t care about the rules,” he said.

Chairman of the Badung branch of the PHRI, Gusti Rai Suryawijaya, said he agreed with the regent’s points.

“There are hotels with investments amounting to billions of rupiah, but they can’t arrange permits.  I will not support that sort of businesses in Bali,” he said.

Meanwhile, chairman of Bali Villa Association (BVA), Ismoyo S Soemarlan, complied with the regent’s request and announced that of 811 villas known to exist in Bali only 425 had correct operating licenses.

“Based on our data, the number of villas in Bali villa currently amounts to 811.  There are 425 with licenses, so the rest are still illegal,” he said.

Soemarlan said that the BVA did not support illegal tourism businesses.

“There are four things that make us unsympathetic to these illegal villas.  The first is that they don’t make any contributions to regional administration. The second is that they don’t create healthy competition; they don’t treat their human resources well; and they don’t protect the environment.  Also, most break-ins occur at illegal villas because their security isn’t good,” he said.

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