Archipelago International and Grab Launch Scooter Share Program

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Oct. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Archipelago International, Southeast Asia's largest privately owned and independent hotel management group, recently entered into a first of its kind partnership with Grab, the leading everyday everything app in Southeast Asia.

'GrabWheels' is an on-demand scooter sharing service, that rents environmentally-friendly e-scooters through the Grab mobile app. Dedicated pick-up and drop-off electrical charging stations have been installed across the many Archipelago hotels, encouraging hotel guests and residents alike to rent the scooters and take advantage of an environmentally-friendly, zero-carbon and time-effective urban transportation method.

E-Scooters, charging stations and safety helmets are provided and fully maintained by Grab for a fun and safe ride experience, while the hotels provide strategic locations for the stations. Considering, that Archipelago has the largest number of hotels in Indonesia, the Group continues to improve the quality of life for Indonesians, not only by providing a good night sleep and a nice meal - but also by creating a new mobility network now.

John Flood, President and CEO of Archipelago International commented: 'We are the first hotel operator to enter into such a partnership, demonstrating once again Archipelago's innovative and sustainable company culture. Enhancing guest experience through technological advancement while reducing the impact on the environment and making a sustainable difference in the locations where we live and work is a wonderful thing to do. E-Scooters are very energy efficient, while improving overall mobility without increasing emissions. They have been hugely popular in other parts of the world and we are very excited to be part of this global movement with our green partner Grab.'

TJ Tham, GrabWheels CEO further commented, 'As the leading everyday everything app in Southeast Asia, we are committed to provide solutions for our users and partners to improve their quality of life. We have seen a great enthusiasm for GrabWheels as the option of fun and affordable short-distance transportation. We are very happy with the enthusiasm and pleased to be partnering with Archipelago International to bring GrabWheels to more customers in the region.'

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About Archipelago International

Archipelago International operates Indonesia's largest portfolio of over 150 hotels with a further 100 new properties under development across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Middle East. With 20,000 rooms in more than 60 cities, the Group's luxury to select-service brands include ASTON, Alana, the Aston Heritage Collection, Huxley, Kamuela, HARPER, Quest, NEO, favehotels and NOMAD.

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About Grab

Grab is the leading everyday super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 163 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab has the region's largest land transportation fleet and has completed over 4 billion rides since its establishment in 2012. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package delivery, digital payments and financial services, across 339 cities in eight Southeast Asian countries.

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Source: Archipelago International