Vacation Rental World Summit

The Vacation Rental World Summit will take place at the Imperial Palace, Anncey, France. 

16-17 SEPTEMBER, 2021

 

Let's see the agenda for the event:

Schedule:

Time Main activity
08.30-09.55 On-site Registration
10.00-10.15 Opening Welcome & Program – Antonio Bortolotti
10.15-10.45 Session 1: Are You a Property Management Guru? Let the Data Decide! (Tom Caton, Co-Founder AirDNA & Sophie Barton, Senior Account Manager AirDNA)

Summary: Sophie Barton and Tom Caton from AirDNA will break down what makes a winning property listing – and what makes a loser(!) – according to the data. Why do similar properties deliver such different revenue numbers? Is it pricing? Is it the photos? They will deliver the secrets to the top performers across properties and across markets. You will either leave the session knowing you are doing everything you can, or start changing your listings on your phone during the talk because you are making some serious mis-steps!

10.45-11.45 Session 2: 1st Roundtable Session: Breaking the Ice with Your Peers  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
11.45-12.15 Session 3:  Simon Lehmann Uncensored.  (Simon Lehmann, CEO of AJL Atelier interviewed by Sarah DuPre, Senior Sales Director at AirDNA)

Summary: Find out what Simon Lehmann really thinks about the future of vacation rentals in Europe, mergers and acquisitions in the industry and much, much more in this no-holds-barred discussion.

12.15-13.15 Session 4: 2nd Roundtable Session: Addressing Focus Area #1  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
13.15-15.00 Lunch & Networking
15.00-15.30 Session 5: The 3 Counter-Intuitive Keys to Thriving Used by Leading Property Managers and Hosts in Any Economic Situation (Sebastien Grosjean, CEO of BookingSync and Smily)

Summary: Our industry is built on our individual uniqueness and Sebastien Grosjean knows that very well. It’s these differences that make our guests’ experiences so meaningful and memorable. In this thought-provoking and insightful talk, Grosjean will take us on a journey of unique individuals and companies to encourage us to think differently about how we operate so we can improve our business structure, operate more effectively, and ultimately live our dreams long term.

15.30-16.30 Session 6: 3rd Roundtable Session: Addressing Focus Area #2  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
16.30-17.00 Session 7: VR Tech Competition: 3 Start-Ups on stage to Innovate our industry (led by Vanessa de Souza Lage, Founder of VRTech and CMO and Co-Founder of RentalsUnited)

Summary: As every year, the 3 shortlisted finalists from the VRTech competition will present what they do on stage in a competition to win the title of Best Start-Up of The Year. You will vote for your favorite Start-Up Company and The Winner will be announced on stage on Friday. This year’s Finalists are:

  • Rented.com – Andrew McConnell (CEO)
  • Vintory – Brooke Pfautz (CEO)
  • Turbosuite – Manuel Martin (CEO)
17.00-17.45 Coffee Break – Networking in the Exhibitor Area
17.45-18.15 Session 8: “One PMS is all the industry needs” vs “Another week, another PMS” (Panel Discussion)

Summary: There are so many systems and so very different in their capacities, local requirements, hard and software integrations, distribution, languages, automations, pricing and of course company support!  What is really important for owners and agencies as we move toward 2030?

18.15-19.00 Time with Exhibitors & Networking in the Exhibitor Area
19.00- Networking @Hotel Bar Area

Schedule:

Time Main activity
10.00-10.15 Day 2 Agenda – Antonio Bortolotti
10.15-10.45 Session 9: Property Managers vs Rent-By-Owner (Richard Vaughton)

Summary: OTAs are focused on owners and so are managers. DIY vs Managers, who will win the battle? Are managers too expensive? Is it too difficult to go it alone? How many #bookdirect actually use OTAs? In this thought-provoking session, Richard Vaughton will share data and considerations on the current situation and the future possible developments of the industry, based among others on:

  • growth of OTAs, growth of the market and the changes in the power curves of the OTAs.
  • comparative chart of costs and where the margins are won and lost and what does that mean for managers
  • things managers do that can be replaced by technology (with graphic attached)
  • the coming wave of licensing, verifications, standardization.
  • increased distribution.
  • the gig economy and the need to professionalise
10.45-11.45 Session 10: 4th Roundtable Session: Addressing Focus Area #3  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
11.45-12.15 Session 11: The Brands Are Coming: Can They Deliver More Bookings For You? (Panel Discussion moderated by Alex Nigg)
Summary: Listing platforms are increasingly specializing, and hotel brands are now pushing into our industry. Which specialty sites deliver incremental bookings that are worth the additional work? And how do you optimize your channel mix to minimize reliance and overhead, and maximize profits?
12.15-13.15 Session 12: 5th Roundtable Session: Addressing Focus Area #4  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
13.15-15.00 Lunch & Networking
15.00-15.30 Session 13: Accelerating Smart Growth  (Jennifer Hsieh, Vice President Homes & Villas by Marriott International)

Summary: Launched two years ago as a startup, Homes & Villas by Marriott International is accelerating smart growth in global markets by marrying Marriott’s legacy of hospitality with future-leaning technology to deliver great customer experiences. Hear more about what they’ve learned so far, the latest in customer-centered innovation for guests, property management companies and connectivity providers alike, and what’s next!

15.30-16.30 Session 14: 6th Roundtable Session: Key Takeaways and Action Items  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
16.30-17.00 Session 15: The road to rebuilding together: discover market insights and consumer travel trends in a vaccinated world (Alberto Bernes, Booking.com)
  • Step into the future as we reveal what tomorrow’s traveler is looking for. Discover the data that takes us from early recovery to getting travelers back out, doing what they do best… experiencing our big, wide, wonderful world.
  • Attendees will learn all about traveler types and how to attract them, traveler priorities and how you can support these.
17.00-17.45 Coffee Break – Networking in the Exhibitor Area
17.45-18.15 Session 16: VRTech Winner & Summit Closing 
18.15-19.00 Time with Exhibitors & Networking in the Exhibitor Area
19.00- Networking @Hotel Bar Area

 

 

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