APEC venues’ security to be audited

Senin, 18 Februari 2013 | 09:46

The authorities are to thoroughly check the security systems in all hotels, villas and accommodation facilities prepared to welcome delegates of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit next October to ensure the safety of the guests while staying in Bali.Perry Markus, Bali branch secretary of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI), said there were 40 star-rated hotels designated as accommodation for participants of the summit, including 20 hotels for heads of state.

The hotels are located in the Nusa Dua resort complex, as well as Jimbaran, Tanjung Benoa and Uluwatu, all in south Bali. “The security audit is necessary to ensure that all the hotels’ facilities meet with the new security standards,” Markus said.

The new standards have been jointly issued by the Bali Police, PHRI and PT Sucofindo and cover both soft and hard aspects of security.

“The assessment process for the new security standards will be much more complicated as many elements have to be evaluated to pass the audit.”

The assessment process will also cover human resources — security staff and all hotel employees, as well as building facilities.

“Information on the new security standards has already been passed on to all related hotels,” he said.

PHRI, the Bali Police and PT Sucofindo have organized a series of workshops on the new systems for the managements of the hotels.

At present, 158 star-rated hotels are members of PHRI; around 115 of these hotels have undergone the security certification process.

“Our target is to assess all the hotels before the APEC meeting. During the process, they [hotel managements] may still have time to upgrade their security equipment and their human resource skills,” he added.

Tjok Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, chairman of PHRI, said that improving security standards at hotels and other accommodation facilities was important to create a safe environment for visitors.

“It is our top priority to apply international-standard security at our hotels,” explained Sukawati, popularly known as Cok Ace.

Most hotels in Bali are still applying security measures issued by the authorities in 2004.

“Times are changing and security challenges are different from the old days. Therefore, the security measures should be able to deal with the new challenges and threats,” he said.

Cok Ace also said that upgrading security facilities would have financial consequences.

“There must be additional investment to procure certain equipment or to upgrade the skills of employees.”

Firmansyah Rahim, director general of tourism destination development at the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, insisted that security was the main priority for the island of Bali as an international tourist destination.

The ministry has issued the new security standards under Ministerial Decree No. PM106/PW.006/MPEK/2011 regarding security management of hotels, which came into effect in January 2012.

“We urge all hotels to adopt the new security measures stipulated in the new decree,” Rahim added

by Wasti Atmodjo
source http://www.thejakartapost.com