Airbnb prices in Glasgow increased for climate conference with short term rentals costing £ 3,600 a night
AIRBNB prices in Glasgow have been increased for COP26, with some announcements costing £ 3,600 per night.
The historic climate conference will be held at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) from November 1-12.
About 30,000 delegates, senior politicians and the world’s media will travel to the SEC near the River Clyde to discuss plans to help fight climate change.
Airbnb hosts are looking to cash in, as many have announced the location and the big summit on their listings.
Dozens of Glasgow properties and rooms are available on the popular short-term rental site ahead of the 12-day conference.
However, people traveling to town to attend the summit could face high accommodation costs.
One property, a three-bedroom ‘duplex penthouse’, was listed on Airbnb for £ 3,600 a night.
The riverside property typically costs £ 405 per night to rent, with a price increase of almost £ 3,200 for COP26.
The listing says it’s located within walking distance of the SEC, with free cancellation until October 30, just before the start of COP26.
The cost of renting the upscale property for the entire Summit would be £ 46,308.
The high cost includes a massive service charge of £ 6,708.
Another host is offering his two-bedroom apartment in trendy Finnieston for £ 1,751 a night, which would cost £ 19,306 to stay for the summit.
The listing says the apartment, which typically costs as little as £ 93 a night, has free parking near the SEC.
Another two bedroom apartment in Finnieston has been listed for £ 1,235 a night which would cost £ 13,585 to stay for the conference.
The host says the property, which was listed from Oct. 31 to Nov. 13 and no other date this year, is “a stone’s throw” from SEC and Hydro nearby.
Some fear that some people seeking to go to COP26 will be “overpriced” for their accommodation.
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However, some people are offering houses and rooms for free through the COP26 host family network.
Mim Black of the COP26 Coalition and the COP26 Homestay Network said: “Those who come from flooded and burnt areas are priceless. All governments agreed last week that we were ‘code red for humanity’.
“This climate conference cannot be just a jamboree for the rich, those who are suffering right now must be able to participate.”
An Airbnb spokesperson said: “The average price per night for stays on Airbnb during COP26 is around £ 80 per person, with hosts providing sustainable and affordable accommodation throughout the city, which brings benefits economic benefits to families, businesses and local communities. “
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