COP26 Airbnb and accommodation prices – what do owners charge for stays and are there any free places?

COP26 is due to start in Glasgow at the end of this month.

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference Parties begins on October 31 and will see countries around the world join forces in an attempt to tackle climate change.


Glasgow hosts COP26 this monthCredit: Alamy

And tens of thousands of dignitaries and others are expected to flock to Scotland’s biggest city for the climactic talks.

We take a look at Airbnb and accommodation prices across the city ahead of the summit.

Has there been an increase in housing prices?

A survey of Times found that the average price of a rental on Airbnb during the two-week peak was over £600 – which tripled over the following two months.

And that rates elsewhere have soared above £100,000.

Airbnb is offering £100 travel vouchers to new letters wanting to test out the platform during the conference.

A luxury flat in the west of the city is being rented for £103,000 for 12 nights, it has been reported.

The company announced in September that it would donate any profits it made from service fees on transactions to Zero Waste Scotland.

Elsewhere, one property, a three-bedroom ‘duplex penthouse’, has been listed on Airbnb for £3,600 a night.

The Riverside Gaff typically costs £405 per night to rent, with a price increase of nearly £3,200 for COP26.

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A COP26 spokesperson told The Times“As hosts, it is extremely important to the UK that there is a wide range of reasonably priced accommodation options available.

“We have worked with our hotel supplier, MCI, to ensure this is the case.”

Meanwhile, an Airbnb host in Glasgow has canceled a guest’s booking after refusing to pay an additional $2,000 amid a COP26 price binge.

The cheeky owner asked Tan Copsey, who is traveling from the US, to pay an extra £70 per NIGHT during the climate conference after realizing that he had “missed a lot of money”.

Mr. Copsey works for an American communications company Climate Nexus and booked his stay in advance.

He posted on Twitter: “Having a great time with #COP26 accommodation, this guy tried to add an extra $2,000 to my reservation.

“Great experience in every way.”

Will there be free accommodation?

Some people offer houses and rooms for free through the COP26 Homestay Network.

Mim Black of the COP26 Coalition and the COP26 Homestay Network said: “Those coming from flooded and burned areas are priceless. All governments agreed last week that we were ‘code red for humanity’.

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“This climate conference cannot just be a jamboree for the rich, those who are suffering right now must be able to attend.”

An Airbnb spokesperson said: “The average price per night for stays on Airbnb during COP26 is around £80 per person, with hosts offering sustainable and affordable accommodation across the city, which spreads the economic benefits on families, businesses and local communities”.

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