Indonesia has begun checking security preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit scheduled for next October on its island of Bali .

Firmansyah Rahim, Director General of Tourism Destination Development at the Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, said that his ministry has issued a decree on new security standards for hotels, restaurants and locations in service of the event.

According to Perry Markus, Bali branch secretary of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurant Association (PHRI), the association has worked with the Bali Police to assess exercise of new security standards at hotels, villas and accommodation facilities, covering both human resources, security staff and hotel employees, as well as building facilities.

As many as 40 star-rated hotels were designated to accommodate summit participants, including 20 ones reserved for heads of state, he added.

At present, 158 star-rated hotels are member of PHRI and around 115 of which have had new security standard application certified, said PHRI Chairman Tjok Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati.

All the hotels must upgrade their security equipment and human resource skills before APEC meeting, he noted.-VNA