COP26 Glasgow: Kelvingrove listed at £ 103,000 for 12 nights


Apartment owners in Glasgow are capitalizing on COP26 by charging over £ 100,000 for accommodation during the two-week climate conference.

A survey found that 20 properties on the Airbnb site and 30 on were listed for over £ 20,000 for the fortnight.

A two-bedroom duplex apartment in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove area has reportedly been listed at an exorbitant rate of £ 8,583 per night.

The property, which has a pool table and two indoor fireplaces, is described as “an exclusive COP26 retreat” within walking distance of the Scottish Event Campus, the main center for conference delegates.

The average price per night for a rental on Airbnb during the two conference weeks is £ 600, a threefold increase on the same dates for the following two months.

Another three-bedroom property, near Kelvingrove Park, was still available today for individual delegates or groups willing to spend £ 56,424 for a 12-night stay in Glasgow.

About 25,000 people from 197 countries are expected at the event, which will run from October 31 to November 12 and will bring together tens of thousands of negotiators, government officials, businesses and citizens from around the world with the aim of reaching agreement on how to deal with the emergency.

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Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) is one of many groups calling on the people of Glasgow to provide spare rooms and sofa beds for delegates from poorer communities.

Campaign groups claim that housing a guest can reduce accommodation emissions by over 80% and energy use by over 70% compared to a hotel stay.

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One landlord trying to rent her flat in the east of the city for £ 2,200 a night said: “Almost everyone we know does.”

Speaking to The Times, which led the investigation, Mary Church, campaigns manager at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said the lack of affordable housing meant the conference risked being “the most exclusive cop of all. the times ”and not the“ most inclusive ”described. by Alok Sharma, President of COP 26.

The first of two cruise ships that will accommodate those attending the summit arrived in Scotland yesterday.

The Latvian-flagged Romantika moored at King George V Quay, next to the Braehead Shopping Center in Renfrew.

A second ship, the MS Silja Europa, will arrive from Estonia in the coming days.
Paavo Nõgene, managing director of shipowner Tallink, called the decision to bring a second vessel to Scotland a “last minute deal”.

A COP26 official said: “As hosts it is of utmost importance to the UK there are plenty of accommodation options at reasonable prices.

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

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