The tour operator of a tour that took thousands of people to Indonesia’s archipelago of Sumatra has been fined $250,000 after being accused of falsifying government documents to secure a contract for a tour in 2015.
In October 2016, the Indonesian government said it would terminate the contract of the tour operator, which had been contracted to transport over 1,400 people, including foreign dignitaries and politicians.
The tour company had agreed to take up the contract in December, but in the middle of the trip, the company received a letter from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry informing it that it would no longer be able to take part in the tour.
The ministry said it believed the tour company was in breach of the Tourism Act and ordered it to pay a penalty of $250 and $1,000 to the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which oversees tourism, also fined the tour group $2,000, which was reduced to $1.5 million because the tour was cancelled before it was due to start.
The Indonesian government is trying to recover the money from the tour operators, who are now seeking an appeal.
[Indonesian Government] [Indians touring to Indonesia] The Ministry said it did not expect the tour to go ahead.
The foreign ministry said in a statement that it “found the conduct of the Tour Operator, which involved the falsification of documents, unacceptable and it is in violation of the law.
It was also found that the company failed to provide any necessary information and it has been asked to pay the penalty.”
The Ministry’s statement also said that the tour had not been approved by the Ministry of Culture.
The company has since stopped its work in Indonesia, but the Ministry has been monitoring the situation, the statement said.
The Tour Operators Association, which represents tour operators in Indonesia and abroad, welcomed the government’s decision.
The Association’s director-general, Ramesh Vatsal, said the company had “been working tirelessly to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in order to ensure the safe and efficient conduct of tours in Indonesia.”
He said the ministry had given it “all the information needed to investigate and resolve the case.”
[Indies touring to Australia] The ministry also said it had notified tour operators of the investigation.
The Tourism Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.
Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry has said the government has taken the tour tour operator to court over the incident.
It said it was satisfied with the result and that the Ministry had issued a formal notice to the tour, as required under the law, and that it was awaiting the outcome of the case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.