A REPORT revealed that the online platform, which allowed Glasgwegians to host COP26 delegates and activists, was a success.
Human Hotel, the initiative that paired local landlords with delegates and activists in need of housing, released its report on its operation during UN talks.
It was revealed that 1,260 homes in the area were open to guests, 50% of which was free.
Some clients stayed in Glasgow houses for up to 21 days.
The report also states that 61% of hosts have never shared their home before, proving that the majority decided to help arriving delegates after seeing a call.
A total of 12,339 nights were reserved on the online platform during COP26.
The report found that 126,896 kg of CO2 emissions and 2,768,640 liters of water were saved through the program.
He also mentioned that 80% of guests give the network five out of five stars as alternative accommodation for activists.
More than 90 percent of hosts said they did so after learning about the housing crisis.
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The program provided accommodation for visitors from 127 countries, who would otherwise have had to rent expensive hotel rooms or Airbnbs.
At COP26, their prices were skyrocketing, with some paying thousands of pounds.
Over 50% of guests said they couldn’t have come to Glasgow without the Human Hotel.
This price hike was not unique to Glasgow, said the boss of Human Hotel, it is a common occurrence among cities hosting large international events.
In October, we reported on a Glasgow Airbnb host, who was banned from the platform after asking his guest an additional $ 2,000 a few weeks before the event.
Co-founder of the Human Hotel in Denmark, Martin Rosengaard said: “I would say the initiative has been a success.
“A lot of people wouldn’t have been able to attend without it, which is the most important part.
“It’s about accessibility and democracy, and of course a lot of new friendships have been made, which we’re very happy about.
“Reading all the positive comments from hosts and guests has been overwhelming.
“The guests were saying: Thank you for allowing me to attend, otherwise it would have been impossible due to economic constraints.
“For the host, it was above all about feeling grateful for having had the chance to participate. ”
Based on the comments, guests said they found a friendly and loving community in Glasgow who embraced them.
Martin stayed with a Glasgow couple in the city’s Southside,
He added: “I think a lot of locals knew it was a big event in Glasgow and the surrounding area but people were asking ‘what can I do’.
“For a lot of them it was a way of getting involved, that’s what they said in their feedback.
“And we have to add that all of this is also in light of Covid.
“We were only able to start the organization very late in August due to restrictions.
“It meant our time was much shorter and we are very grateful to everyone who signed up. ”
Even though the Covid-19 pandemic posed a daunting challenge, the success of the initiative is evident.
The Human Hotel has been operating at major international events since 2009 and will continue to operate, Martin said.
He added: “There were days when I took the corn instead of the COP26 and out of curiosity, I asked around who had stayed with a host and I was surprised to see that more than half the bus said they were.
” I had goosebumps.
“We are very grateful and full of hope for the future.
“I want to thank the citizens of Glasgow, this has been amazing and it could not have been done without all of these wonderful and hospitable people including my own hosts.
“It was great to have been to Glasgow and to stay put.
“I felt the city was like Copenhagen in many ways, the weather was similar and I felt a familiar Nordic spirit.
“People were a little shy at first but very warm once you get to know them.
“It was a joy to be there and I will come back for sure.”