Borders are closed, and travel is momentarily paused- the travel industry is changing in ways that have never been seen before, leaving many vacation rental professionals scrambling for the most up-to-date information.

In these uncertain times, there is a multitude of questions you want answered. We have put a list together of vacation rental webinars and conferences we believe will provide a plethora of knowledge for travel industry professionals to deep dive into the latest vacation know-how, and walk away with tips on how to sustain your vacation rental companies during these unprecedented times.

Vacation Rental Webinars

1. Embracing Domestic Tourism

On the 30th of April Vanessa de Souza Lage, Co-founder and CMO of Rentals United, examined the growing trend domestic tourism and what short-term rental managers need to do to coax in the domestic traveller.

As countries begin to loosen their lockdown restrictions and the world turns back to normality, we think there will be a slow transition to venturing back into the wider world. Get prepared for the competitive road ahead by proactively planning for the domestic tourism rebound that’s to come. 

The Agenda:

  • The state of domestic travel – past & future
  • Strategies to beat the (fierce) competition
  • Channels to distribute on & how to find more
  • Urban vs Leisure Strategies

2. Hit the Ground Running

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Rented.com has created a webinar series over the past two months to help business owners and professionals in the vacation rental industry during these unprecedented times. The webinars have a focus on diverse perspectives from leading vacation rental professionals. 

Their most recent webinar of the series ‘Hit the Ground Running‘ went live on the 30th of April. They discussed the best methods to position different facets of your business in order to make the most of this unique opportunity. As well as divulged expert tips and strategies to help you hit the ground running.

3. VRMA Gatherings

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VRMA has been holding weekly VRMA Gathering webinars in an effort to support and provide opportunities for connection with other Vacation Rental Industry professionals. Each webinar focuses on different topics applicable to the industry and also includes time for a Q&A with leading industry experts. 

4. 07/05- Be Our Guest(y)- A Virtual Event on How to Reposition You Listings in the COVID-19 Era 

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On 7th May Guesty will be hosting a live virtual meetup bringing together top property management companies from the global short-term rental industry to discuss navigating guest experience and marketing listings during COVID-19. 

Panellists will share personal advice, best practices, and tested strategies for reporting listings to attract bookings- all in an effort to help property management companies ensure business stability during this crisis as well as preparing for the return to travel. 

5. 01/05- The Long View

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Recently Rafat Ali, CEO and founder of Skift, did a spur of the moment live stream on the state of online travel in the coronavirus age. As you can imagine the live stream did rather well. He has since started a one-to-one live video conversation (The Long View) with a guest every Friday at 3 p.m. ET for the coming weeks. 

The live streams so far have been informal, yet insightful conversations with travel industry insiders — and outsiders — on larger perspectives on the crisis in the global travel industry, the daily and long term struggles, and the different ways of looking at opportunities in these times.

On the most recent live stream, Brian Chesky, Co-founder and CEO of Airbnb spoke about leadership, his thinking on the present and future of his company, his stakeholders, and his views on the state of travel going forward. 

6. Is mid-term the new short-term?

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During our previous webinar “Is mid-term the new short-term? Booking trends and tips for 30+ days bookings” held by,  Vanessa de Souza Lage, Co-founder and CMO at Rentals United and Pierre Becerril, Co-founder and CEO at Transparent. They discussed how incorporating mid-term into your short-term strategy can help mitigate damage and recover some revenue. 

Current booking trends suggest property managers should be shifting towards mid-term rentals and adjusting their pricing models. In this webinar, we covered what short-term rental managers need to do to get 30+ day bookings from discussing pricing strategies to content optimisation. 

A snippet of what was covered in the webinar:

  • Looking at data on recent trends
  • Discuss pricing strategies
  • Content optimisation and more
  • The top mid-term channels to list your properties on

7. AJL PROFITABILITY HUB, Simon Lehmann’s Online Vacation Rental Conference

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AJL Consulting launched its AJL Profitability Hub- The Road to Recovery and Profitability conference on the 15th of April. Joined by 9 other leading short-term rental industry experts and property managers, they shared insights on how to build sustainability for your businesses, monitor your recovery, as well use this downtime to improve your organization in order to ensure your business can recover faster and become more resilient to future market fluctuations. 

Keep an eye out for the launch of their second edition to the AJL Profitability Hub conference at the end of May- it is expected to be bigger and better. With more than 20+ speakers from around the world, they are planning an abundance of different topics, in a variety of formats from keynote speeches to panel conversations. If the last webinar was anything to go by, we would definitely recommend signing up for the next one.

8. Local Property Managers vs Global Coronavirus Epidemic

On 25th April Rental Scale-up held the conference Local Property Managers vs Global Coronavirus Epidemic discussing how to push your vacation rental and short term rental business through the COVID-19 crisis by discovering how local property managers resist the global coronavirus epidemic. With 14 vacation rental industry experts taking part including, Sarah Nan DuPre, AirDNA (Global data provider), Tucker F. Cohen, Breezeway (Global cleaning and checklist expert) and Jaume Barberena, BizFlats, the conference had lots of interesting takeaways. 

Rental Scale-up will be hosting another vacation rental webinar on the 20th May, discussing “How villa and apartment managers are navigating the COVID-19 crisis in Southeast Asia & Oceania”. Make sure to stay tuned check out their website for the sign-up form. 

9. FAST FACTS: Traveller sentiment in the age of COVID-19

For Phocuswright‘s recent webinar, they surveyed travellers from the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany to help understand traveller attitude during the COVID-19 pandemic and travel intent post-pandemic. In the webinar, they presented the full findings and insights into the global travel industry, giving attendees a direct understanding of consumer intent as well as hard-hitting analysis from their skilful researchers.

Them main topics they discussed included: 

  • How travel plans changed in response to COVID-19
  • Why travellers made the changes
  • the outlook and optimism travellers have for recovery
  • the confidence travellers have in their government’s travel restrictions

10. VRM Intel Online 2-Day Conference for Vacation Rental Managers.

Recently VRM Intel Live Online, held a virtual conference for vacation rental managers, over a two day period on April 16 -17. The attendees received 14 live sessions with international vacation rentals experts, 50+ prerecorded sessions and panel discussions from a variety of industry professionals.  

The virtual conference discussed current events including:

  • executive strategy
  • performance data 
  • demand marketing
  • pricing & revenue management
  • Airbnb & Vrbo
  • Google
  • Cancellations
  • Risk management
  • Property care  
  • Owner communications 

VRM Intel Live Online will be hosting another virtual conference on ‘Vacation Rental Data and Revenue Management’, so keep your diaries open for August 16th and 17th 2020.

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