Latest hotel security system standards being verified

Senin, 29 April 2013 | 11:02

The Bali chapter of the Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants (PHRI) Bali and the Bali Police have started the preliminary verification stage of the latest standards for security in hotels located in the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) compound. PHRI Bali secretary Perry Markus said on Thursday that the security system assessment team, comprising PHRI personnel and Bali Police personnel, was still focusing on the preliminary stage of verification for hotels in the BTDC compound.

Perry said that the hotel security systems had been renewed and upgraded.

While previously security systems merely focused on having the presence of security personnel and equipment, today’s latest security system standards also include intangible aspects, like disaster preparedness plans for tsunami and earthquake, security measures for accounting and administration and sales and marketing, among others.

PHRI Bali and Bali Police have conducted several training sessions for hotel management personnel to introduce the new security system standards. In the past few months, the assessing team has visited hotels every Tuesday and Friday for such training.

The preliminary verification will be followed by an auditing stage for around 40 four- and five-star hotels in BTDC, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran, where delegates of the APEC Summit in October would be staying.

“Our team has been working, as though in a marathon, since the signing of the memorandum of understanding between PHRI, Polda Bali and PT Sucofindo in October last year. We have discussed the items for the security system and the evaluation system which will be adopted for the accommodation security system nationwide,” said Perry, adding that the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry would soon launch the system.

“We are targeting that prior to the APEC Summit, all the hotels will have been audited.”

The security system standard auditing will also be performed for other hotels, however, auditing priority is given to the official hotels for the APEC Summit.

Around Bali, there are at least 158 star-rated hotels that are members of PHRI Bali, 115 hotels of which have received security certification based on the old standards.

The renewal of security system standards is part of PHRI Bali’s commitment to ensure the security and convenience of tourists to the Island of Paradise.

The renewal of hotel security systems is deemed highly urgent with the increasing variety of criminal conduct.

The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has urged all hotels and accommodation facilities in Bali to renew their security systems, as stipulated by Minister Decree No. 106/ 2011 on hotel security management systems.

The director general of tourism destination development, Firmansyah Rahim, said that security was the most important issue for an international destination like Bali. The security system has not just been designed to provide safety and comfort for tourists but also for heads of state that would be attending the APEC Summit.

“Bali is Indonesia’s main tourist destination. Millions of tourists come here every year. Safety and comfort are a must,” said Rahim.

by Wasti Atmodjo