2020 was chaotic for the vacation rentals industry, and most conferences and vacation rental events were cancelled. However, many events moved online giving property managers and professionals the chance to attend safely.
Though the crisis is far from resolved, the trend for online events is set to continue. As the travel industry evolves to adapt to the new normal, there’s no better time to learn from experts and peers and keep up with the rapid changes in the short-term rental business.
Here you’ll find a list of some of the most exciting vacation rentals events to add to your calendar in 2021. Many of these are online or hybrid events that will go ahead physically with limited numbers and allow more people to join virtually.
Some are planned to go ahead fully in-person, though it’s always worth checking the cancellation or refund policies before you book because there is always a chance that new developments may lead to events being cancelled or postponed.
When: 28th – 30th June
Phocuswright is a world-leading travel industry research authority and the host of Phocuswright Europe.
This year, the fully online event will feature more than 600 of the most influential travel leaders for conversation and debate, innovation and networking opportunities with professionals in the industry.
There will be talks to discuss solutions for the travel industry’s recovery and new growth opportunities in an unpredictable market.
Organiser: The Book Direct Show
When: 1st – 10th September (online), 13th September
Where: London, UK
Price: Online events are free, tickets for the live event to be announced.
This year’s Book Direct Show will be a hybrid event with 8 days of online events leading up to a show at Tobacco Dock in London.
It’s a focussed event dedicated to the topic of direct bookings. It will help property managers and hosts learn different ways to maximise revenue and profits by securing more direct bookings.
Networking and education will take centre stage over commercial interest, and there is no OTA involvement.
When: 8th – 10th September 2021
Where: Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Streamline Summit is an in-person event where property managers and partners gather for three days of networking, entertainment, and education.
There will be one-to-one panel discussions, speeches, and a variety of workshops. You’ll also have the chance to take part in charity golf and cocktail events.
More details about the event schedule will be revealed nearer the time.
When: 17th – 18th August
Where: Charleston, SC, USA
DARM offers an in-depth and high-level educational program to help property managers learn about advanced technology and data to scale their businesses.
You’ll discover how to use performance data, create effective revenue strategies, use forecasting techniques and pricing evaluation.
DARM aims to empower vacation rental professionals with tools and technology to navigate challenging times.
The conference takes place over two days, and each day will cover a different topic. The first day will go through data and basics, day two will cover revenue management and pricing, and finally, putting it all into practice on day three by going from strategy to implementation.
Organiser: Florida VRM Xtravaganza
When: 15th – 16th September
Where: Orlando, FL, USA
Price: $99 for a one-day pass, $139 to attend both days
Bringing together professionals in vacation rentals, technology, and services, the VRM Xtravaganza will offer education, training, and networking.
Workshops and talks will be tailored to Florida’s travel industry. There will be talks on digital marketing and data, as well as discussions about the biggest challenges facing vacation rental managers today.
Organiser: Antonio Bortolotti
When: 16th – 17th September
Where: Annecy, France and online
Price: €247 EUR if you register early now
Vacation Rental World Summit unites industry experts and shares their knowledge with the worldwide short-term rentals industry.
The event started in 2014 to educate and inform professionals about the growing vacation rental industry and has been growing since then.
This year’s event will feature presentations, workshops, and networking sessions to help professionals who are struggling in the current climate. It’s an opportunity to meet and learn from like-minded entrepreneurs and discover new ways to maximise traffic and direct bookings, conversions, and revenue.
This is a hybrid event that will take place in Annecy, France for a limited number of people. But there will be an option for unlimited people to attend online and get lifetime access to all the content.
When: 22nd – 24th September
Where: Tel Aviv, Israel
Price: From $220
This short-term rental festival brings together experts from the global travel industry in beautiful Tel Aviv, a bustling tech hub on the Mediterranean.
Short-term property managers and companies, OTA representatives and service providers will all find something valuable here.
Organiser: Travelnet Solutions
When: 26th – 28th September
Where: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Price: Early bird tickets from $799
NEXT Optimize, organised by booking software Travelnet Solutions, is a vacation rentals event to help professionals learn about how the hospitality industry can adapt to the current situation and how to optimise and update their operations.
The event is focussed on looking ahead to what’s next in vacation rentals and understanding how guests’ experiences and expectations are changing.
Organiser: Vacation Rental Management Association
When: 3rd – 6th October
Where: San Antonio, TX, USA
Price: Tickets to be announced this Spring
The VRMA conference will return as an in-person event after last year’s online event. VRMA is a member organisation that seeks to provide professional development and education for the vacation rental industry worldwide.
Their annual conferences bring together professionals from around the world to network and share their knowledge.
When: 11th – 13th October
Where: Boise, ID, USA
Price: From $749 (Partners Only Pricing)
At the three-day LiveRez Partner Conference you can expect keynote speakers, classes, and networking with industry leaders and the LiveRez team.
You will also get a glimpse at the future and new tech developments to come from LiveRez, an all-in-one vacation rental software.
Organiser: North West Vacation Rental Professionals
When: 24th – 26th October
Where: Seaside, OR, USA
Price: Tickets available for community members
NWVRP is a community of vacation rental professionals based in the Pacific Northwest of the USA that aims to build relationships and promote collaboration across the industry.
Their annual conference is open to members of the community and will feature guest speakers talking about important topics such as vacation rental data and customer experience.
Organiser: Vitur Summit
When: 28th-29th October
Where: Málaga, Spain
Vitur Summit is a key event for the holiday rental sector in Spain, bringing together attendees and speakers from all over Europe.
With top-notch presentations, business insights, innovative content and networking opportunities, Vitur Summit is an unmissable event for European short-term rental professionals.
Tickets and details will be announced shortly.
Organiser: Expo Renta Vacacional
When: 17th – 19th November
Where: Cancún, Mexico
ExpoRV is a conference and networking event for Mexico and Latin America’s vacation rental industry. The event will feature international speakers and experts, and help professionals learn about technology, market trends, and the impact of the pandemic on international travel.
You will learn different ways to adjust your business model and prepare for the 2021-2022 holiday season.
The event will feature over 35 conferences, 400 participants and 96 exhibitors.
Organiser: European Holiday Home Organisation (EHHA)
When: 22nd – 26th November 2021
Price: €59.90 for full access with Early Bird discount
A virtual conference dedicated to the short-term rental industry in Europe, Short Stay Week offers a whole week’s worth of educational content and training sessions with industry professionals.
There will be over 60 interactive workshops, covering topics such as revenue management, digital marketing, online distribution, automation, technology, and direct booking strategies.
Content will be available in English, Spanish, Italian, and French.
Organiser: Vacation Rental Women’s Summit
When: 1st – 2nd December
Where: New Orleans, LA, USA
An event designed to celebrate women in the hospitality industry, the Vacation Rental Women’s Summit provides educational sessions to encourage women’s participation and success in the sector.
There are talks planned with influential women in the industry, and plenty of opportunities for fun and networking.
Though the focus is on women, attendance is not exclusive and men are also welcome to participate.
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