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.
Some of the Leading Events in the Vacation Rental Industry (2019):
- VRMA International Conference (US)
- Vacation Rental Success Summit (US)
- RezFest (US)
- Vacation Rental Women's Summit (US)
- VR Mastered Bootcamp (US)
- VRMA European Conference (Europe)
- Vacation Rental World Summit (Europe)
- GuestyVal (Israel, Europe)
- KigoWorld (Barcelona, Europe)
- VR Tech Events (Europe)
Some vacation rental events occur regularly throughout the calendar year. Here are a few...
Previous venues have included Barcelona, Edinburgh, London, Madrid and Paris.
Vacation Rental Tech Events is organised by Vanessa de Souza Lage, co-founder of the Rentals United channel manager.
Each VR Tech Event usually takes the form of an after-work session in a sponsored office including talks, networking and a few beers. This is a small and intimate meeting arena for professional vacation rental providers and relevant tech companies.
VRM Intel Live!
Location: Several. (Mostly in US)
Locations in 2018 included Orange Beach, Breckenridge, Maui and London.
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.
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.
Vacation Rental Industry Events & Conferences in 2019
19-20 February: Vacation Rental Women's Summit - New Orleans
21-22 February: Serviced Apartment Summit Asia - Bangkok
21-23 February: Barefoot User Conference - Orlando
14 March: Short Stay Show - London
17-19 March: VRMA European Conference - Prague
1-3 April: KigoWorld - Barcelona
15-16 April: VRMA Spring Forum - Charlotte, North Carolina
23-25 April: VWVRP Annual Conference - Sunriver, Oregon
6 June: VRM Intel Live! - Breckenridge
10-11 September: Click. by Booking - Amsterdam
16-18 September: GuestyVal - Tel Aviv
24-26 September: Rezfest - Las Vegas
5-6 October: Vacation Rental World Summit - Como, Italy
13-16 October: VRMA International Conference - New Orleans
Vacation Rental Women's Summit
Dates: 19-20 February 2019
Location: Ritz Carlton, New Orleans
Price: $749 - $849
Inclusions: Meals, theater sessions, workshops, peer groups and a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party.
The inaugural Vacation Rental Women's Summit will take place in New Orleans in February 2019.
The focus of this event is to 'honor the pioneering women in the vacation rental industry, addresses issues facing women in the industry, and creates a network of solidarity and standards that professionalizes and elevates the entire vacation rental ecosystem'.
Keynote speakers include Elizabeth Gilbert (Author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic), Lady Carnarvon, Tina Weyand (HomeAway Chief Product Officer) and Mary Lynn Clark (Wyndham Vacation Rentals President)
2019 Barefoot User Conference
Dates: 21-23 February 2019
Location: Westgate Lakes Resorts & Spa, Orlando Florida
The Barefoot user conference helps users maximize the value of their Barefoot investment.
Serviced Apartment Summit Asia 2019
Dates: 21-22 February 2019
Location: Amari Watergate Hotel, 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.
VRMA European Conference
Dates: 17-19 March 2019
Location: Grandior Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
Price: From €315 (VRMA members)
Inclusions: Pre-event welcome reception, lunches and evening networking event.
The VRMA European Conference will take place in Prague in 2019.
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
Airbnb Mastery Summit
Dates: 21-23 March 2019
Dates: 1-3 April 2019
Location: World Trade Center, Barcelona, Spain
Get $175 Off: NeedMoreRentals visitors can use KigoWorld discount code REP31 at checkout which will secure a price of $200.
Inclusions: Access to all training workshops, breakout sessions, peer networking and special events, lunches and reception buffets.
KigoWorld is an annual three day conference in Barcelona dedicated to vacation rentals.
This event attracts the best and brightest from around the world so property managers can learn actionable information to take their business to the next level.
150 delegates attended in 2018 and this year sees free half-day training workshops offered on the first day.
With turbo-charged sessions, dynamic expert panels and deep-dive demos, KigoWorld continues to push the boundaries of the vacation rental industry.
Keynotes and industry experts will discuss disruptions in the vacation rental industry, payment processing technologies, supply acquisition, building exceptional guest experiences, asset risk, revenue management, brand identity and much more.
VRMA Spring Forum 2019
Dates: 15-16 April 2019
Location: Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Price: $350 (VRMA members)
Replacing the previous Eastern and Western Conferences, VRMA will introduce it's inaugural Spring Forum in 2019 taking place over 2 days in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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.
NWVRP Conference 2019
Dates: 23-25 April 2019
Location: Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon
Price: From $525
The NWVRP (North West Vacation Rental Professionals) Annual Conference takes place at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.
Join us on April 23-25, 2019 for what will be our best conference yet for camaraderie, education, collaboration and a quality venue.
Florida VRM Xtravaganza 2019
Dates: 14-15 May 2019
Location: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida.
Prices: From $89 (One-day pass)
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.
To be confirmed:
VR Rental Success Summit (VRSS)
Click. by Booking.com
Dates: 10-11 September 2019
Location: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prices: From €550
Inclusions: Full access to the conference across 2 days – including all presentations, panels, workshops, and networking areas. Networking Breakfast & Lunch on both days. Dinner on day one. Goodbye drinks on day two. And much more that will be added in the coming months!
Whether you work in hotels and homes, affiliate and travel agencies, connectivity, transport, or attractions – as a Booking.com partner, this conference is for you!
As a thought leadership conference, it aims to share insights into the travel industry and share the direction that Booking.com will be taking as it aims to grow together with partners.
In 2019, Click. will invite partners to take a journey to dive into what the Global Experience Industry means for the travel industry as a whole, and how we can reach a common goal of the connected experience. We will learn what we can achieve if we come together to create the connected trip for customers.
Follow this link to learn more and purchase your tickets!
Dates: 16-18 September 2019
Location: Camilo, Tel Aviv, Israel
Prices: From $295 (Guesty client) & $395 (non Guesty client)
GuestyVal 2018 offered 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 from the likes of Airbnb, Booking.com, Facebook and more, it is sure to enhance anyone’s practical business skills and industry expertise.
2019 Themes: The Future of Hospitality, Guest-CentricSolutions, Tech & Innovation & Marketing & Growth
Streamline Summit 2019
Dates: 18-20 September 2019
Location: The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona
Prices: From $649
The Streamline Summit is a 2 day vacation rental conference preceded by an opening day of activities, learning labs, 1-1 meeting opportunities and cocktail party.
With 5 speakers and 100 workshops, the Streamline Summit promises to be another great event this year for property managers.
Dates: 24-26 September 2019
Location: Red Rock Casino & Resort, Las Vegas
Prices: From $499
Inclusions: Welcome cocktail party
Breakfast, lunch & snacks on day 2 and 3
Guest speakers, roundtables & panels
Streamline learning labs
Networking with other property managers
Farewell party (dinner, drinks & entertainment)
Rezfest 2019 in Las Vegas is the only place you can learn, laugh, and let loose with your fellow property managers.
Choose from over 50 breakout sessions, discover the vacation rental industry’s latest technology and get face-to-face support.
At this year’s vacation rental industry conference we’ll connect to discuss insights and changing trends that can open the door to more global business.
Additional HomeAway Software Day on Sep 27th.
Come network, learn and enjoy yourself at the ultimate vacation-rental conversation.
Vacation Rental World Summit 2019
Dates: October 5-6, 2019
Location: Teatro Sociale. Lake Como, Italy
Price: From €247
The Vacation Rental World Summit will celebrate its 6th edition in 2019 and is now established as one of the leading vacation rental industry events.
This year sees a return to the stunning Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy.
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.
VRMS International Conference
Dates: October 13-16, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Louisiana
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.
To be confirmed:
Liverez Partner Conference (US)
VR Mastered Bootcamp (US)
Association of Scotland Self-Caterers Conference ASSC (Scotland)
HomeAway Partner Summit
The annual HomeAway Partner Summit focuses primarily on supporting vacation rental owners and property managers with at least one live listing on the HomeAway network of sites and helping them achieve their goals in the vacation rental industry.
Over the two days there are numerous main stage talks and breakout sessions covering the industry and technology. Network with other property owners, share feedback with the HomeAway team and see the latest available tech tools.
Approximately 600 rental property managers, HomeAway employees and vendors will be in attendance.
Irish Self Catering Federation Conference
The Irish Self Catering Federation's (ISCF) is aimed directly at those providing short-term lets and holiday rental accommodation in Ireland.
The event provides a valuable network for members and exposure to suppliers, industry representatives, international speakers and global operators.
The main conference is preceded by the annual members' AGM.
Other notable large travel events that are not necessarily focused on the vacation rental industry but which provide very useful takeaways are 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.
If your organisation hosts a relevant event in the vacation rental industry, feel free to contact us for an inclusion above.