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Persatuan Hotel dan Restoran Indonesia (PHRI) accelerate hotel security checks

The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) Bali chapter and the Bali Police are working together to verify security management at star-rated hotels as part of the preparations for the APEC Summit in October.

Ida Bagus Purwa Sidemen, PHRI executive director, said on Wednesday that verification of the four- and five-star hotels where APEC delegates were to be staying would be completed by the end of July. The verified hotels will obtain security standard certificates in August.

“We started the verification on April 11. As of this Tuesday, we have verified 11 hotels in the BTDC complex in Nusa Dua,” Sidemen told The Jakarta Post. — The Jakarta Post

That is of course the aftermath of the infamous Bali terror attacks in 2002, where a car bomb detonated near a club full of Australian tourists. The victims were just dancing and laughing and having a good time when Muslim fundamentalists decided that the best way to get the world behind their cause was to make those innocent, joyful tourists die horribly in flames.

The verifications are conducted twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. by a team consisting of six police officers and four representatives from PHRI. It takes one day for the team to verify one hotel.

Thirteen hotels in the BTDC complex have been prioritized for verification as they will house APEC delegates. After the 13 hotels have been verified, the team will continue its work checking security management in the surrounding areas, including Sawangan, Tanjung Benoa, Ungasan, Jimbaran and Kuta.

Sidemen said that the association and the police were now prioritizing verification of hotels that would be occupied by APEC delegates, but they would continue until a total of 101 star-rated hotels in Bali, comprising 48 four-star hotels and 53 five-star hotels, had been verified.

“By the end of this year, we hope that we will have completed verification of 85 percent of those hotels.” — The Jakarta Post