Glasgow Airbnb hosts will receive bonus for renting homes during COP26
GLASGOW Airbnb hosts will receive a bonus for renting their accommodation during COP26.
Residents of the city must receive a £ 100 voucher from the travel agency if they open their doors to someone staying for the big climate change summit.
It is estimated that around 30,000 people will flock to Glasgow between November 1 and 12 as politicians and activists descend on the city’s SEC.
But Glasgow only has a capacity of around 15,000 hotel rooms, raising concerns that some visitors will be left with no place to stay.
Airbnb said they hope their gift voucher will help families and communities benefit from the green conference when it comes to Glasgow.
And business leaders added that all revenue from service fees during the summit will be donated to Zero Waste Scotland.
Amanda Cupples, Managing Director Northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “Airbnb offers a unique opportunity for communities in Glasgow and surrounding areas to be part of history at the historic COP26 conference.
“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. “
Philippa Farnese, a Glasgow resident who will be hosting a delegate at her home, said: “I am delighted that Glasgow is hosting such an event.
“This is important, especially because I myself work in the sustainable development sector and I am therefore very happy to be the host of COP26.
“It’s also exciting to host someone who will make a difference, the ultimate guest who comes with a big goal. I have the impression of participating in COP26 even if I am not a delegate.
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The November climate change summit will see world leaders such as Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron travel to Glasgow.
Dozens of roads near the SEC will be closed during the event with enlisted cops from the south to help police.
Iain Gulland, Managing Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic commitment from Airbnb.
“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, use the things we need and share resources. “
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