COP26 Airbnb and accommodation prices

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

The 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change kicks off on October 31 and will see countries around the world join forces 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 largest city for the critical talks.

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

Has there been an increase in accommodation prices?

An investigation of the Times found that the average rental price on Airbnb during the two-week peak was over £ 600, which tripled in the next two months.

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

Airbnb is offering £ 100 travel coupons to people who want to test the platform for the first time during the conference.

A luxury apartment 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’, was listed on Airbnb for £ 3,600 a night.

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

Airbnb prices in Glasgow increased for climate conference with short term rentals costing £ 3,600 a night

A spokesperson for COP26 told the Times: “As hosts it is of utmost importance to the UK that there is a wide range of accommodation options at reasonable prices.

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

Will there be free accommodation?

Some people offer 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 areas affected by floods and fires are charged extra. All governments agreed last week that we were in ‘code red for the 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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