The Leading Events & Conferences in the Vacation Rentals Industry
There are numerous events and conferences for vacation rental industry professionals and property managers around the world. Most are located across the US and Europe and offer updated educational insights from industry experts whilst also providing fantastic networking opportunities with fellow accommodation providers and tech suppliers.
The Leading Vacation Rental Industry Events in 2020
- Book Direct Show
- Click. by Booking.com (Netherlands)
- GuestyVal (Israel)
- Host (UK)
- Host Basic to Business (Italy)
- KigoWorld (Spain)
- Liverez Partner Conference (US)
- More Bookings Direct (UK)
- Rezfest (US)
- Short Stay Show (UK)
- Short Stay Summit (Spain)
- Skift Short-Term Rental Summit (US)
- Vacation Rental World Summit (Italy)
- Vitur Summit (Spain)
- VR Mastered Bootcamp (US)
- VRBO Partner Summit (US)
- VRM Intel Data and Revenue Management Conference (US)
- VRMA European Conference (Czech Republic)
- VRMA International Conference (US)
The Full Events & Conferences Calendar 2020
20-21 January: Recharge - Barcelona, Spain
23 January: VRM Intel Live - Sandestin, US
25 January: BnB Guest Conference - Athens, Greece
18-21 February: Book Direct Symposium - Athens, Greece
21-22 February: Serviced Apartment Summit Asia - Bangkok, Thailand
25 February: VRM Intel Live - Gatlinburg, US
25 February: More Bookings Direct - London, UK
26-27 February: Travel Technology Europe - London, UK
27 February: Guesty & Friends NYC Meetup - New York, USA
11 March: The Shortyz Awards - London, UK
12 March: Short Stay Show- Excel, London, UK
12 March: Serviced Apartment Awards- London, UK
27-28 April: VRMA Spring Forum - Chicago - US
6-8 May: OPMA Spring 2020 Executive Summit - Palm Coast, FL, US
11-12 May: Florida VRM Xtravaganza - Orlando, US
3-5 June: VRMA Executive Summit - Rancho Palos Verdes, California, US
4-5 June: Trip Circus - Barcelona, Spain
8-9 June: Short-Term Rentals Summit for all Vermont Hosts - Battleboro, US
17-18 August: Data and Revenue Management Conference - Denver, US
8-10 September: Guestyval - Tel Aviv, Israel
9-11 September: Streamline Summit - Scottsdale, US
17 September: Short Stay Summit - Berlin, Germany
20-21 September: Urban Living EMEA - Dubai, UAE
29-30 September: The Book Direct Show - Online
2-3 October: VITUR Summit - Malaga, Spain
10-11 October: Vacation Rental World Summit - Annecy, France
11-13 October: LiveRez Partner Conference - Portland, US
18-21 October: VRMA International Conference - Orlando, US
25-29 October: VR Mastered Vacation Rental Boot Camp - Seattle, US
26-27 October: Flexible Rentals Investment Conference - San Francisco, US
27 October: ASSC Conference and Exhibition - Glasgow, Scotland
4-6 November: HOST Strategic Summit & Show - London, UK
12 November: Short Stay Summit - Barcelona, Spain
25-26 November: Urban Living Festival - London, UK
NWVRP Annual Conference - Whistler, Canada
Barefoot User Conference - Chicago, US
VRMA European Conference - Lisbon, Portugal
Hosts2Pros - London, UK
KigoWorld - Barcelona, Spain
Click. by Booking - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Rezfest - US
VRBO Partner Summit - US
Host Basic to Business - Italy
Irish Self Catering Federation Conference - Ireland
Avantio Partnership Conferences - Spain
Skift Short-Term Rental Summit - US
ASAP Convention - UK
23-24 February: Vacation Rental Women's Summit - New Orleans, US
June: Urban Living Americas - New York, US
3-6 October: VRMA International Conference - San Antonio, Texas, US
Book Direct Symposium
Dates: 18-21 Feb 2020
Location: Athens, Greece
The #bookdirect Symposium, an event for tourism operators that seeks to mobilise them around the “#bookdirect” movement, is coming to the Arion Hotel in Athens, Greece from February 18 – 20, 2020.
The Symposium will offer a wider range of presentations and resources to tourism operators, helping them to encourage direct bookings and to foster a growing community that increases the size, reach and impact of the #bookdirect movement.
Symposium started in Berlin in 2015, as a group of intrepid city bike tour operators, and became the annual meeting of the cyclecities tours partnership. Each February since then, Symposium has toured to a different European city. Now in its sixth year, it's Athens' turn to host the event, as Symposium broadens to include the wider travel industry and bring attention and focus to the important #bookdirect issue.
Serviced Apartment Summit Asia 2020
Dates: 21-22 February 2020
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Price: From $799
The Serviced Apartment Summit Asia is a dedicated forum for networking, education, sharing best practice and doing business differently in the short-term rental industry.
The Serviced Apartment Summit is not your ordinary conference. It offers a series of lively debates designed to challenge your thinking and drive innovation in a truly ‘collective’ environment of hospitality leaders.
More Bookings Direct
Date: 25 February 2020
Location: Crowne Plaza London - Battersea
Tickets: From £100. Early bird tickets up to 31st January
Deal: Get £30 off with promo code NMR30
Inclusions: All expert presentations, lunch, networking, free giveaways, speaker slides, drinks reception and after party
More Bookings Direct is a unique one-day conference in London specifically for short-term rentals and how property managers can generate more direct bookings.
Attendees will hear from some of Europe's leading short-term rental industry experts and advocates of the book direct movement.
Learn about branding, website content, collaboration, SEO, Google, social media engagement, expanding travel networks, email marketing, building consumer trust, pricing strategies and more.
Confirmed speakers include Alan Egan (Vacation Soup), Louise Brace (Rental Tonic), Mark Simpson (Boostly), Chris Maughan (I-PRAC), Moriya Rockman (Smiling House), Phil Tester (Laurels Tech), Steve Kopandy (Cycle Cities Network) and Yvonne Halling (Bed and Breakfast Coach).
This is the one must-attend event for any short-term rental business is in need of more direct bookings away from traditional OTAs.
The conference will be located near the Business Travel Show, opening the following day.
The Shortyz 2020
Date: 11 March 2020
Location: Bateaux London, Embankment Pier, London
Tickets: From £125 + VAT
The inaugural Shortyz event takes place in Central London in March.
This night of awards, powered by ShortTermRentalz.com, is dedicated to recognising innovation, achievement and excellency in the short-term rental sector.
Award categories include:
- Best use of social media
- Best App or website solution
- Best home automation solution or product
- Best education and training
- Best sales and marketing campaign
- Best corporate accommodation booking channel
- Best OTA / online accommodation booking platform
- Best property management company [10 units+]
- Eco award
- Best property management solution
- Best channel manager
- Rising star
- Pioneer award
Individuals, agencies and businesses can submit free nominations here.
Short Stay Show 2020 & Guest Experience Show
Date: 12 March 2020
Location: Excel, London
Price: From £30
The Short Stay Show is now an established fixture in the European short-term rental industry.
Following succesful events in Barcelona and Manchester, the 2020 London show will again be staged at the Excel.
Property owners and managers can speak with over 100 key exhibitors. Expert presentations and panel groups will take place across 5 stages - Start Up Stage, Scale Up Stage, Technology Showcase, Money Matters and Mentoring Stages.
The additional Premium Access Conference will feature keynote speakers, government representatives and panel session discussing the growth of the innovative short-term accommodation industry.
VRMA European Conference 2020
Dates: 15-17 March 2020
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Price: From €345 (VRMA members)
Inclusions: Pre-event welcome reception, lunches and evening networking event.
The VRMA European Conference will take place in Lisbon in 2020.
One of the leading vacation rental industry events, the European Conference offers unmatched business and educational tools to help you deliver superior guest and homeowner experiences. You'll discover:
- Dozens of new educational sessions specifically for holiday rental professionals
- Opportunities to meet peers and exchange ideas and best practices
- Insights from supplier/vendors who provide industry-specific products and services to help your business grow
Date: 21 March 2020
Location: Radisson Blu, London Heathrow
Price: From £99
Join an exclusive group of Hosts from all over the world for a "Limited" 1-day MASTERCLASS workshop sure to help you elevate your Hosting business into a professional S.T.R operational POWERHOUSE !
Hosts2Pros 2020 taking place in London puts you face to face with experts, professionals and trendsetters in the Short Term Rental industry under one roof as they deliver the most cutting edge tactics and strategies to use in 2020 and beyond.
Dates: 23-25 March 2020
Location: World Trade Center, Barcelona, Spain
*NeedMoreRentals visitors can get a $175 discount. Use promotion code REP31 at checkout which will secure a price of $200.
Inclusions: Access to training workshops, breakout sessions, peer networking and special events, lunches and reception buffets.
Join your peers and industry experts March 23-25 at KigoWorld 2020 in Barcelona, Spain, and learn how short-term rental operators like you are innovating to make processes simpler and deliver a 5-star customer experience every time.
You’ll also have free pre-conference training available to help you get even more from kigo® Marketplace.
Register today at www.kigo.net/kigoworld to secure your seat!
NWVRP Conference 2020
Dates: 20-22 April 2020
Location: Whistler, BC
Price: From $525
The NWVRP (North West Vacation Rental Professionals) Annual Conference takes place in Whistler, British Columbia.
Join us in 2019 for what will be our best conference yet for camaraderie, education, collaboration and a quality venue.
VRMA Spring Forum 2020
Dates: 27-28 April 2020
Price: From $350 (VRMA members)
Replacing the previous Eastern and Western Conferences, VRMA will taking place over 2 days in Chicago.
The industry event is designed to be one of the leading interactive and engaging conferences in the vacation rental industry with innovative educational formats and networking opportunities with peers from across the country.
Florida VRM Xtravaganza 2020
Dates: 11-12 May 2020
Location: Orlando, Florida.
At the FLORIDA VRM XTRAVAGANZA, you can count on top industry speakers that will provide you with the best knowledge, business trends and product and service experience available.
This event offers key-note speakers, presentations, educational sessions and networking opportunities, as buyers meet sellers in the vacation rental travel technology and services industry.
Visit our 80+ vendors, take in our educational sessions and kick back and enjoy our networking and entertainment.
VRM Intel Data and Revenue Management Conference
Dates: 17-18 August 2019
Location: Denver, US
The Data and Revenue Management Conference is being presented by VRM Intel.
Vacation rental managers will gain valuable insights to understand the fundamentals of revenue management, examine the tools that are available to them and how to use them, and provide hands-on education in data and revenue management.
Dates: 8-10 September 2020
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
GuestyVal offers an extraordinary platform for short-term rental and property management companies to showcase the value they bring to the industry, while providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity to make lasting connections and mingle with peers and partners from across the globe.
GuestyVal is designed to break boundaries - discussing the strengths and weaknesses of property management today and its potential for tomorrow.
Through a dynamic collection of enriching group sessions and lectures with industry leaders, it is sure to enhance anyone’s practical business skills and industry expertise.
2020 themes will include Intersection of Real Estate, Marketing & Branding, Security & Safety and The Local Outlook.
The re-branded sequel of the More Bookings Direct Conference, this event is specifically designed for short-term property managers seeking more direct bookings.
This 2-day online show in September will feature live workshops and webinars from the leading advocates of the book direct movement from around the world.
Join us to learn everything you need to know about generating more direct bookings including Booking Conversion, Branding, Collaboration, Consumer Trust, Corporate Travel, Customer segmentation, Data, Email Marketing, Facebook, Guest Experience, Google, Social Media, Personalisation, Revenue Management, SEO, Technology, Video, Website Design and more.
VITUR Summit 2020
Dates: Oct 2-3 2020
Location: Malaga, Spain
The VITUR Summit is a key event for the Holiday Rental and Tourism sector at a European level.
Over 700 attendees will gain access to top-notch presentations from more than 40 speakers, business insights, innovative content and networking opportunities
VITUR Summit 2020 will cover 5 blocks: Tech & Innovation, Sustainability, Mobility, Education and Legislation.
Vacation Rental World Summit 2020
Dates: October 10-11, 2020
Location: Annecy, France
Price: From €247
The Vacation Rental World Summit will celebrate its 7th edition in 2020 and is now established as one of the leading vacation rental industry events.
Join industry pros, service providers, expert property managers and successful owners at this two day conference. Enjoy insights from keynote speakers, panel discussions and excellent networking opportunities.
VRMA International Conference 2020
Dates: October 18-21, 2020
Location: Orlando, Florida, US
In 2018 the VRMA National Conference was rebranded as the VRMA International Conference reflect the size and relevance of it's global market.
This is the largest gathering of vacation rental professionals throughout the calendar year.
VRMA International runs over 60 educational sessions with subject matter experts and motivational speakers.
Network with over 100 exhibitors and leading suppliers plus thousands of vacation rental owners and management peers.
More details soon.
Vacation Mastered Boot Camp
Dates: October 25-29 2020
Location: Seattle, WA
The Vacation Rental Boot Camp is now in it's fifth year and this year is set for Seattle.
With a huge agenda and industry experts, the course is designed to help property managers master the industry.
Topics include marketing, listing sites, social media, email marketing, photography, video, hospitality, linen, amenities and more.
Dates: 4-6 November 2020
Location: Business Design Centre, London
With 3000 attendees, 200 speakers and 5 theatres, HOST is the biggest event dedicated to the rentalpreneur and vacation rental community.
Your only chance to hear from the biggest disruptors & innovators in the short stay accommodation.
Learn how you can make real money from your property and take your rental business to the next level.
Some vacation rental events occur regularly throughout the calendar year. Here are a few...
VRM Intel Live!
Location: Several. (Mostly in US)
In 2017 VRM Intel began hosting regional educational events - VRM Intel Live! - for property managers predominantly across the US.
Headed up by Amy Hinote, VRM Intel is one of the leading news outlets for the vacation rental industry and produces a quarterly industry magazine.
VRM Intel has held six VRM Intel Live! events with over 1,000 attendees around the US.
Roomevents is part of Roomonitor, leader in technology for the rental industry developing the first technological, safe and private solution to control the noise of the accommodations.
#Futurismo is the event for the vacation rental industry organized by Roomonitor.
Location: US & Online.
HomeAway Software Roadshows - The HomeAway team hits the road regularly to meet and update property managers with news alongside great networking opportunities.
HomeAway Insights and Best Practices Seminars - 90-minute updates with insights and tips on how to grow a vacation rental management business.
Webinars - Monthly webinars covering industry trends and insights. Free for all property managers.
Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals
Location: Numerous (US).
Inclusions: Continental breakfast and lunch.
The Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP) group provide regular educational seminars in destinations across the US.
Session topics include branding, standards, maintenance, KPIs, internal team feedback, inspection and housekeeping kits, linen, bed bugs, lost property and product demos.
Other notable large travel events that are not necessarily focused on the vacation rental industry but which provide very useful takeaways are these business travel shows, the Travel Technology Europe, Navis Leaders Conference, the Direct Booking Summits in Europe, Asia and the US, the Phocuswright Conference, the World Travel Market, ITB Berlin, Eye For Travel and the various Skift Forums in the US, Europe and Asia.
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