Alipay and Helbiz Renew Their Commitment to Restart Tourism ahead of the European Soccer Championship
Helbiz will be featured on the Alipay app to help tourists seamlessly locate and rent its micro-mobility vehicles
MILAN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Helbiz, a global leader in micro-mobility that is the business combination target of GreenVision Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: GRNV), announced a partnership renewal with Alipay, the leading international digital payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group. Helbiz will join forces with Alipay to offer a safe and convenient mobility service for tourism, safely and in conjunction with the kick-off of the European Championships.
Following the recent launch of a special audio guide in Rome to signal for the resumption of tourist activities, both Helbiz and Alipay are committed to bolstering tourism efforts across Italy. The two companies have therefore launched a new co-branding strategy, united by a highly innovative and sustainable vision that drives them to overcome structural and cultural barriers in their respective sectors and revolutionize the way of living online and offline. As part of the partnership, 1,500 electric scooters in Rome will now feature the Alipay logo, visually signaling this important partnership.
In addition, the partnership will include the development of a virtual Helbiz showcase on the Alipay app (for Chinese and Asian users), which allows users to easily locate and rent available Helbiz vehicles. This makes the experience completely effortless, bringing the vision of both companies together. In addition to being the most convenient and secure payment method, the Alipay app offers Chinese tourists a real meeting point, providing all of the tools to help the potential tourist experience with information, discounts and services.
Alipay is particularly attentive to the environment, and for years has had a program called Ant Forest that allows its users to receive points and plant virtual trees for every sustainable action they complete. Some actions include taking public transport or transport with low environmental impact, buying or reselling second-hand and so on, to then reforest arid areas in China. The company has also embarked on an important path that will lead it to be completely carbon free by 2030.
Additionally, Helbiz will be introduced to future Chinese visitors in a short video created by Alipay with Chinese influencer and journalist @ciaoamelie, who has a large following on Chinese social media sites such as Weibo.
Helbiz is a global leader in micro-mobility services, and within the next few weeks, it will be the first publicly traded micro-mobility company on the Nasdaq. It operates with its own vehicles in over 3 0 cities worldwide, including Washington, DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Miami, Milan and Rome. Helbiz utilizes a customized, proprietary fleet management platform, artificial intelligence and environmental mapping to optimize operations and business sustainability, a cornerstone of its vision.
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The Ant Group is the operator of Alipay, the leading digital payment platform in China serving over one billion users, 80 million merchants and 2,000 partner financial institutions. The Alipay app provides mobile payments and digital services for daily needs, such as food delivery, transportation, entertainment and healthcare. Alipay allows consumers to purchase goods and services online from over 200 countries and regions, and offers convenient cross-border services that allow users to make offline payments via the Alipay app. The Alipay platform supports transactions in more than 40 currencies.
Helbiz is a global leader in micro-mobility services. Launched in 2016 and headquartered in New York City, the company operates e-scooters, e-bicycles and e-mopeds in over 30 cities around the world including Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Arlington, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami, Milan, Richmond and Rome. Helbiz utilizes a customized, proprietary fleet management platform, artificial intelligence and environmental mapping to optimize operations and business sustainability. Helbiz announced on February 8, 2021 it has entered into a merger agreement with GreenVision Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: GRNV) (“GreenVision”) a SPAC, which, upon closing, will result in Helbiz becoming the first micro-mobility company listed on Nasdaq.
GreenVision Acquisition Corp. is a special purpose acquisition company formed under the laws of the State of Delaware for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses.
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