The COVID-19 pandemic struck a blow to the global events industry, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get to network or learn from travel influencers this year. 

While popular vacation rental events like VRMA International 2020 and Vrbo’s RezFest 2020 have been cancelled, others are going ahead – some in a fully online, others in a blended format.

So, let’s take a look at the 8 vacation rental events that we’re looking forward to the most this autumn.

vacation rental events fall 2020

1. Phocuswright Europe 2020 

Organiser: Phocuswright

When: September 9th – 10th

Where: Online 

Price: From €199 

Rentals United Participation: Round Table Moderator!

In September 2020, Phocuswright Europe will once again bring together the most influential minds of the European travel industry – this time in a new, online setting.

The conference will focus on finding solutions to speed up the industry’s recovery past COVID-19. It aims to be a forum for industry players to discuss strategies, find opportunities and prepare for the future of travel – as uncertain as it may be.

Thanks to the new online format, attendees can make the event work around their schedule. There are also two ticket options to choose from, which provide different levels of access to the event’s content. 

Discover the latest innovations in travel, get exclusive insights from renowned speakers, participate in debates and make connections that will last you all year!

Our own co-founder, Vanessa de Souza Lage, will be moderating the Lodging table alongside other hospitality experts.  

2. DISTRIBUTION 2.0 – Turning Hospitality Into a Sustainable Intermediation

Organiser: HyperGuest

When: September 10th 

Where: Online on Linkedin, Facebook, Youtube and

Price: Free 

Rentals United Participation: Speaker! 

Distribution 2.0 is a free live stream that will be broadcasted on FunnelTV channels (, Linkedin, Youtube, Facebook). The aim is to explore the evolution of distribution in hospitality and discover emerging innovations. 

The event’s 5 chapters will cover topics such as:

  • The beginnings of distribution from GDSs to OTAs
  • Wholesalers vs OTAs vs direct booking
  • The role of software integrations: Channel Manager, PMS, CRS, RMS
  • Vacation rentals and the sharing economy
  • Distribution 2.0: a new distribution model. Google and HyperGuest

Each chapter will last for 20-30 minutes. Join if you want to find out what the distribution strategy of the future looks like. 

3. Vacation Rental Data and Revenue Management Conference (DARM)

Organiser: VRMIntel 

When: September 15th – 17th

Where: Online

Price: $299 

Rentals United Participation: Sponsor & Round Table Speaker!  

Data is the key to unlocking your business’s true potential – and that’s true whether you’re in a global economic crisis or not.

The Vacation Rental Data and Revenue Management Conference (DARM), organised for the second year in a row, aims to help property managers understand data and leverage its power to grow their businesses. 

Instead of its planned location in Denver, this year’s conference will take place online, with an extra focus on education. This way, property managers will be able to take home lots of actionable learnings to implement into their business strategies.

Attendees will learn how to maximise occupancy and profitability by using available data sources, creating competitive sets, tracking KPIs, building revenue management strategies and more.

Rentals United is sponsoring the event and participating in a round table discussion. 

4. ExpoRV Digital Conference 2020

Organiser: ExpoRV 

When: September 25th – October 9th

Where: Online

Price: $49 ($41.65 with Rentals United discount code!) 

Rentals United Participation: Keynote Speaker! 


ExpoRV is a leading conference for the vacation rental industry in Central and South America. 

This year, the conference will last for 14 days and recordings of the sessions will be available for 4 months. 

At ExpoVR, more than 30 speakers from over 10 countries will share their wisdom in a virtual talk or workshop. Our very own CMO, Vanessa de Souza Lage will speak about “The Next Business Model” that short-term rental managers should adopt to offset their losses after the crisis.

Vacation rental companies will have the chance to showcase their products and services in ExpoVR’s new online marketplace. 

5. Vacation Rental World Summit

Organiser: Antonio Bortolotti 

When: October 10th & 11th (weekend)

Where: Online

Price: $247 (€197 with Rentals United discount!) 

Rentals United Participation: Sponsor & VrTech Finals Organiser! 


Every sunset is an opportunity to reset” – says the slogan of the 7th edition of the Vacation Rental World Summit, to be held online in October 2020.

The event’s mission is to empower vacation rental professionals to face the challenges to come by providing them with the right tools and predictions from the industry’s most forward-thinking experts.

Speakers from the world’s leading vacation rental companies – OTAs, property management firms, data companies and software providers – will take the online stage. Rentals United CMO Vanessa de Souza Lage will present this year’s VrTech Finals

To guarantee a rich experience, VRWS will provide virtual meeting rooms where you can meet new people and catch up with old friends. Recordings of the online conference will be saved so you can rewatch them later. 

6. World Travel Market (WTM) 2020

Organiser: WTM

When: November 2nd – 4th

Where: London, UK & Online

Price: Free 

Rentals United Participation: Attending   

WTM London is going ahead as planned, according to the latest update. The event aims to support the rebuilding of the travel industry by helping to forge new business connections and recover old ones.

The conference will address the impact of the pandemic and discuss recovery strategies, while also providing new business opportunities for its participants. As an offline event, WTM will implement all the necessary health and safety precautions.

Catering to those who are unable to travel, there will be an online extension of the live event called WTM Virtual on November 10th and 11th. The virtual event will feature live conference talks, roundtables, speed networking sessions and one-to-one meetings.

Those who are interested in exhibiting can do so both at the live and the virtual event.

7. HOST 2020

Organiser: Terrapinn 

When: Strategic Summit: November 4th, Show: November 5th & 6th

Where: Online

Price: Free 

Rentals United Participation: Sponsor & Round Table Moderator! 

HOST is a conference made for short-term accommodation services and partners. In 2019, more than 2,500 attendees came together at HOST to discuss the ever-changing accommodation market.

HOST is made up of two separate events. The Show is a free-to-attend event for all players of the vacation rental industry, featuring 350+ speakers, 8 conference theatres and 200+ exhibitors. The Strategic Summit is a premium conference that poses a unique chance for hotels, real estate developers, booking platforms and investors to find strategic opportunities.

Choose the one that suits your business needs and register now. 

8. YOUnite by HostB2B

Organiser: HostB2B 

When: November 25th – 26th

Where: Venice, Italy & Online

Price: from €49  

Rentals United Participation: Speaker! 

YOUnite is the Italian conference for the non-hotel community by B2B Host.

According to the organisers, the crisis has exposed the weaknesses of certain business models in hospitality. That’s why they’ve designed a conference that will question everything, with the goal of helping hospitality businesses reinvent themselves and adapt to the new reality.

This year, YOUnite will consist of a live event at the “Centro Congressi del Terminal Crociere” in the Port of Venice (limited places), and a digital event. The online event will feature more than 60 speakers who will follow one another on the virtual stage. 

Register if you want to meet fellow professionals from the non-hotel sector and learn how to steer your business in the right direction. 

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