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Tuesday, 27 May 2008

South Kuta Beach has MIB!


South Kuta Beach-Bali, – The South Kuta Beach strip is becoming increasingly popular with tourists of all nationalities which draws people due to its' array of facilities and activities which include the Discovery Shopping Mall, Waterbom Park and Spa, many restaurants and an assortment of hotel and resort options to match all budgets.

Through the constant efforts, of a select few hoteliers and attractions, which constitute the South Kuta Beach Business Association (SKBBA); the association has been proactive in raising the awareness of the strip through a successful marketing campaign of "All the Fun Under the Sun". In addition to this, concerned for the tourists' safety and comfort, the SKBBA has financed and established a successful pilot scheme for community based policing on the main thoroughfare which is now one of Bali's most popular strips.  

"The objective was to establish a local body consisting of people from the local community who have a better insight into the local area and goings on", commented Urs Klee, Chairman of the SKBBA. "They assist in addressing such issues as illegal commerce on the streets, reducing petty crimes, and generally making tourists feel more comfortable and less hassled when wandering up and down the strip".

The team of nearly 45 personnel are smartly dressed in a black uniform to make them distinguishable and are nicknamed "Men in Black" (MIB). Regular meetings are conducted by the team's coordinator, representatives of the SKBBA and local village chief to discuss issues arising as well as ways to make the South Kuta Beach an even more pleasant environment for tourists to wander in. To support the team, a new team of Beagles are being bred and trained for detection by the Bali Garden Hotel (see picture) and are often seen alongside the Men in Black patrolling the street.

For more information on SKBBA, visit www.southkutabali.com.


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