Grab Philippines made the announcement that they will be offering e-scooters here in the country. In addition to that, last Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, Grab Philippines said that together with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Administration of Intramuros, an agreement was signed for free use of these e-scooters or GrabWheels within the tourist site in Manila.
What is GrabWheels?
GrabWheels is the e-scooter service that Grab offers. They actually made the e-scooter pilot back in May. Unfortunately, it went downhill; Grab then made the decision to allow users to use Grab PH itself.
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However, according to the Grab Philippines team, they will be piloting GrabWheels again. This time, it’s going to be in Intramuros, one of the most famous places in the country for its heritage and history.
Free use of e-scooters around Intramuros
As per the deal they signed with the DOT and the Intramuros Administration, a total of thirty (30) GrabWheels units will be deployed and given to the public for free, for three (3) months at least.
Yes, you read that right, Grab Philippines will be offering their e-scooters, free of charge, for three (3) months at least to be able to give tourists a one-of-a-kind experience.
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As per Grab PH, they plan on providing tourists with an unforgettable experience; to offer a “safe, fun, eco-friendly way” to explore Intramuros without walking.
What is the importance of GrabWheels?
Other than the fact that tourists will be more encouraged to visit Intramuros, Berna Romulo-Puyat, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary, said that by having e-scooters roam around the area, it will be a relevant way in promoting Intramuros in a way that is safe and fun.
Moreover, she said that its tourism can be boosted in such ways that it’s sustainable with less carbon footprint. Many tourists use different types of rides; some might even be open for commuting. With GrabWheels, the traffic can be reduced to a point where it’s not going to be congested in the area anymore.
NOTE: These e-scooters are only available around Intramuros if you’re going for a trip. These GrabWheels units will be open for people who will be visiting the site with less effort due to the two (2) wheel mobility device. It’s safer, more fun, and less tiring!
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In addition to that, the Tourism Department together with Grab Philippines, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the Philippines and its cultural heritage. With the deal, partner-vehicles shall give aid to distinguish and highlight different tourism materials to different prospective tourists.
First, Grab will help promote in disseminating materials produced and developed by the DOT. Second, Grab will give 30 units of GrabWheels scooters and this will be available to the public.”
Puyat also said that these initiatives can be a sign of assurance that we citizens can greatly improve the experience of our visitors here in Manila, specifically in Intramuros.
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Through these initiatives, we can ensure we can enhance our visitors’ experience here in Intramuros. Sustainable tourism advocacy and accessibility in one program and partnership.”
Beyond providing transport and services
Brian Cu, Grab Philippines President, said that Grab PH officials firmly believe that not only is their responsibility to expand the business; but also to provide services beyond transport.
Grab is present across eight different countries in Southeast Asia and downloaded in more than 150 million smartphones. We want to see how we will use this as a platform to educate our fellow Southeast Asian about the beauty and the wonders of the Philippines.”
Our country is truly a haven of the most daring and the most wonderful of natural scenery and destinations. With GrabWheels, our country’s tourism will greatly be boosted. It might just be what our capital is looking for.
What do you think about e-scooters all over Intramuros? Do you think that this is an effective way of committing to our country’s tourism and beauty? Would this be a drastic improvement and enhancement to how our country absorbs tourism?