The vacation rental events you can’t afford to miss in 2016

At Rentals United we love events! Every time we come back with new ideas, new contacts and a real boost in energy… no, nothing beats meeting people face-to-face! So here’s a list of the most important conferences for Vacation Rental Professionals. Some are just travel orientated but every time we go we meet familiar people from the industry. Find out which ones interest you most and… we see you there!

VRMA Conferences

If you can only make it to one event in 2016 make sure it is a VRMA event (Vacation Rental Managers Association). There are a lot of options: the European seminar, the US East and West coast seminars and the big annual one. The networking and educational opportunities at these seminars blew our minds in 2015 (check out pics from the annual VRMA 2015 in New Orleans).

Breaking news: our CMO Vanessa de Souza Lage was selected to present at the VRMA Europe in Barcelona 7th & 8th of March 2016. Don’t miss her session on “Making more bookings: the past, present and future of distribution” on Monday 7th of March, 16:45 – 17:45, get your pass now!


RezFest is a conference hosted by Homeaway on Sept 21-23 2016 in Orlando that is geared exclusively to professional vacation rental managers. This technology and networking event will be an amazing experience for anyone wanting to develop the technological skills and know-how specifically in the VR industry. And everyone always comes back raving about it!!

VrTech Events

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The founder of the VrTech events is our very own CMO, Vanessa, but the event is a standalone brand, separate from Rentals United. This intimate meet-up has already been travelling from Barcelona to Paris and plans are to go to London, Florence and Amsterdam in the coming months. Four technology companies are invited to make a very short (6 minutes) presentation on a set subject in front of a crowd of Vacation Rental Professionals. There’s also a panel of discussion with industry leaders where questions can be asked. The idea is to create a forum of minds to accelerate innovation in the vacation rental industry. Get on the list for the next event or follow the Twitter page to be notified of the next event (monthly).

Eye For Travel

This firm works as a key information portal for the online travel industry and puts on several conferences and webinars internationally throughout the year. The conferences we think will be the most helpful are the Eye for Travel European Summit in London on the 19th of April 2016 and Travel Distribution seminar in Chicago October 3-4 2016.


Phocuswright is a highly lauded global travel market research company that provides extremely valuable analysis of our industry. They are hosting three conferences in 2016 in India, Los Angeles and London. Hundreds of innovators in the travel industry will attend.

Bit Milan

An event that will highlight Italy’s important role in the travel industry. This year’s conference will have focus a lot of attention on growing into emerging markets, specifically China.

ITB Berlin

The world’s leading travel trade show will host visitors from 5 continents and over 185 countries. The sheer size and scope of this event is impressive and gives opportunities for networking and connecting for all types of property managers and Vacation Rental businesses.

Vacation Rental Success Summit

This is a 2 day conference in Toronto on April 30th – May 1st 2016, hosted by Vacation Rental Experts and packed with hands-on workshops. Keynote speakers include Heather Bayer from Cottage Blogger, Matt Landau from and Matt Curtis from Homeaway. Expect great talks and amazing networking opportunities!

Event early 2017:


This conference will be held in Madrid this year and focuses on the iberoamerican markets. If you work in Spain or and/or are wanting to grow your business into the emerging markets of Latin America then this conference will get you in contact with the people that will make this happen.

New York Times Travel Show

This trade show brought to you by the biggest name in news will bring together exhibitors and visitors from literally all over the world to showcase the newest trends in travel. This event will offer a little bit of everything that has to do with travel, not exclusively for vacation rentals. January 27 – 29, 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Center, NYC

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  • April 30th – May 1st: Venue: Toronto. Event: Vacation Rental Success Summit. The first independent conference for vacation rental owners and agents. Big announcement coming next week

  • Oh great thanks for the tip Heather!

  • Cameron Baldwin

    Wow .. this is really great. Is there any event going to be held in UK?

  • I will host a Vrtech in London, hopefully in Q2! Please register for the blog newsletter to be notified! thanks!