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Four Convicted for Conducting Unlicensed Tourist Guiding Activities

April 15, 2014 Tourist Boards No Comments Email Email
Four offenders have been convicted today in the Subordinate Courts for acting as tourist guides without valid tourist guide (TG) licences.  Longue John Francis, Heng Suan Yam, Koh Ong Nga and Jatuporn Balbir pleaded guilty to the charges against them for their unlicensed TG activities. For their offences, Francis and Koh were fined a total of S$3,300 each, and Heng and Jatuporn were fined S$1,500 each.

The offenders were intercepted by STB enforcement officers when they were conducting unlicensed guiding activities on the following occasions.

Name of Offender Date of Offence Place of Offence
Longue John Francis 21 November 2012 Sultan Mosque
8 May 2013 Singapore Flyer
Koh Ong Nga 1 April 2013 Sultan Mosque
19 December 2013 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Heng Suan Yam 5 February 2013 Merlion Park
Jatuporn Balbir 30 August 2013 Mount Faber Park

The STB takes a serious view against those who engage in unlicensed tourist guiding activities. Regular enforcement checks on the ground will be continued to ensure compliance and to uphold the integrity of the tourist guide regulatory framework. STB is committed to safeguard the reputation of Singapore’s tourism sector, and will not hesitate to take necessary action against those who contravene the legislation.

All tourist guides providing guiding services in Singapore are required to obtain TG licences issued by STB. Under regulation 3(2) of the current Singapore Tourism (Licensing and Control of Tourist Guides) Regulations, an offender who acts as a tourist guide without a valid TG licence issued STB is liable to a maximum fine of $3,000 or, in the case of a repeat offender to a maximum fine of $5,000.

Under amendments to the Singapore Tourism Board Act that will come into effect later this year, future offenders will be fined a maximum of $5,000 for acting, offering to act or advertising to act as a tourist guide without a valid TG licence and, in the case of repeat offenders, be liable to a maximum fine of $10,000.

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