Airbnb promises at COP26 to try to get more Scots to list properties

Travel firm BUDGET Airbnb has pledged to donate its profits from COP26 to Zero Waste Scotland as it urges more Scottish guests to list their properties.

The number of people expected at the Glasgow Climate Summit in November (30,000) is about double the capacity of hotel rooms in the Greater Glasgow area.

As the UK government’s official accommodation provider expands this area to Edinburgh, Airbnb hopes to expand its presence in Glasgow by getting more locals to open their rooms to guests. It offers them a £ 100 ‘welcome bonus’ travel voucher redeemable for accommodation through its platform to anyone who wants to ‘be a part of history’.

And he’s pledged to donate all service charges to Zero Waste Scotland to help this nonprofit fight climate change.

The pledges come as MSPs prepare to consider a proposed licensing regime that would require owners of Airbnb and other short-term rental properties to register in popular tourist areas. Holyrood ministers had hoped to pass new laws ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections in May, but this has been postponed due to the decline of some PSMs. A public consultation will run until the end of October, and existing hosts and operators are expected to apply for a license by April 2023 as part of the proposals.

Amanda Cupples, Managing Director Northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “Home sharing helps cities use existing space to increase capacity and host major events. It also enables residents to provide sustainable and affordable housing throughout the city, benefiting the local economy. ”

Zero Waste Scotland Director Iain Gulland commented: “To truly end the climate crisis, we need to change the way we consume. This donation will be a big boost to the work we do in Scotland to help citizens and businesses choose more sustainable lifestyles. ”

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