Friday, March 9, 2012

Villas of Villainy: "Most Commercial Villas in Bali Operating Illegally"

Bali Villa Association Complains that Most Commercial Villas in Bali Operating Illegally

Data collected by the Bali Villa Association (BVA) suggests that commercial villas are using operational permits intended for hotel operations. As reported by, many villas operate under permits reserved for tourist inns (pondok wisata) or Condotels.

In the view of the BVA, this situation has arisen due to the government’s failure to regulate the villa accommodation sector.

The chairman of the BVA, Mangku Wayan Sutedja, cited the lack of management standards for villa management as a root cause of the boom in illegal villa operations. He said private home are being increasingly commercialized merely by changing their designation to villas.

“The simple fact is that there are many accommodation providers who call themselves ‘villas’ which are, in fact, only normal homes with a swimming pools and other facilities, “ explained Sutedja.

Sutedja continued saying Bali now has thousands of villas, most of which are owned by foreigners. Based on data from the BVA there are only 73 villas from among the thousands of villas in commercial operation who have proper operating permits permitting them to become members of the Bali Villa Association.

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