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Published on : Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) would like to inform the public that Su Sooi Hong (Hong) has been convicted today in the State Courts for acting as a tourist guide without a valid tourist guide licence. Hong was fined a total amount of S$1,800 for contravening Regulation 3 of the Singapore Tourism (Licensing and Control of Tourist Guides) Regulations. 2 similar other charges were taken into consideration for the purpose of sentencing.
On 23 June 2014, Hong was intercepted by STB enforcement officers while providing unlicensed guiding services to a tourist group at the Merlion Park.
Hong admitted that she was assisting to cover the tourist guide duties of her elder sister, Su Siew Peng (Peng), and had received payment from Peng. Peng was convicted on 4 November 2015 for abetting an unlicensed tourist guide, and fined S$1,800 in default of 9 days’ imprisonment for abetting Hong in the commission of the offence, which is a contravention under Regulation 3 of the Singapore Tourism (Licensing and Control of Tourist Guides) Regulations read with Section 109 of the Penal Code. 2 similar other charges were taken into consideration for the purpose of sentencing.
The STB adopts a serious view against those who engage in unlicensed tourist guiding activities and will not hesitate to take necessary actions to safeguard the reputation of Singapore’s tourism sector. Regular enforcement checks will be continued on the ground to ensure compliance and uphold the integrity of the tourist guide licensing framework.
All tourist guides (TG) providing guiding services in Singapore are required to obtain TG licences issued by STB. Under Section 19B(3) of the amended Singapore Tourism Board Act, an offender who acts as a tourist guide without a valid TG licence issued by STB is liable to a maximum fine of $5,000 or, in the case of a repeat offender to a maximum fine of $10,000.